Indy 500 Practice Report: May 19

INDIANAPOLIS May, 19, 2016- Alex Tagliani, in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda, led the way for AJ Foyt Racing in the fourth day of free practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500. Tagliani posted a speed of 226.272 mph, with the assist of a tow, good for 13th position on the speed charts. Tagliani ran a total of 44 laps in today’s session. After posting a 224.830 mph speed in yesterday’s practice and being two miles per hour faster today, Tagliani is happy with the progress of the team.

“Again, we made some progress today,” the Canadian veteran said. “Changes that we made continue to improve the car quite a bit. In traffic, the car seemed to be racier. We did an evaluation of the car at various points on our own, with heavy fuel tanks, running with massive packs of cars in front of us, then less. I think we’re in the ballpark; the car has really good potential. There are a few things I’d really like to see from the car for race conditions. It’s the best day we've had so far even though we didn’t run many laps. I’m really happy the guys kept working at it, and avoided some issues and missteps we had this morning. Everybody kept their head down to salvage a good day.”

Takuma Sato posted a speed with tow assistance of 225.044 mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, which put him 26th on the speed charts. Sato was slightly faster in yesterday’s session, but understands the need to be patient and to learn from all three team cars during the week.

“We had to be patient but I think I was relieved in the end,” Sato said. “We were able to learn – all three cars were trying different philosophies, and it was a good day in that each car was headed in its own direction. Now we need to gather all the data together and settle on one direction. It was a productive day; it was short on track time –spent a lot of time in the garage--but it was productive.”

Jack Hawksworth, in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, saw a big improvement from where he was yesterday. Hawksworth posted a 224.729 mph tow-assisted speed today, which put him 28th on the speed charts. Yesterday, Hawksworth posted a 217.789 mph speed with a failing engine. Today, the 41 car received a new engine, and that seemed to provide progress for the team as well as some great changes to the car towards the end of the day.

“We went out this morning in the No. 41 ABC Supply car and it was our first time running in the new engine, the Brit said. “We worked on the car. Worked on getting the balance right for race traffic. By the end of the day, found a pretty decent set up to run in. Now we need to plan for tomorrow. Obviously tomorrow is qualifying prep for Saturday. We will put this map [race trim] in our pocket and we will work on it Monday.”

Gabby Chaves posted the fastest tow-assisted speed of 227.961 mph in today’s practice. Will Power posted the fastest non-tow speed of 225.381 mph. Tomorrow’s practice session is the last before qualifying for the 100th Indianapolis 500 begins on Saturday at 11:50am EST. The 100th Indianapolis 500 will be run May 29 on ABC at 12pm EST.

Ray's Trash Service Signs on as Associate Sponsor of No. 35 A.J. Foyt Tribute Car

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2016) – Standing the test of time. It took over 50 years, but two family-operated businesses will be working together in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Ray’s Trash Service will be joining AJ Foyt Racing as an associate sponsor on the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda driven by Alex Tagliani in the epic event.

The No. 35 car is carrying a black and orange livery to pay homage to Foyt’s legendary driving career at the Brickyard where he qualified and started in 35 races…27 of which were in either orange or black cars.

Ray’s Trash Service has been serving the Indianapolis community since 1965, the same year that A.J. Foyt started his IndyCar team. Ironically, they chose the same unique color for their vehicles –orange or as Foyt says, “Poppy Red.”

"Ray's Trash Service is proud to sponsor Alex Tagliani and the number 35 car,” said Nevada Matthews, vice-president of Ray’s Trash Services Inc. “Thanks to AJ Foyt Racing for allowing us to celebrate this historical 100th running of the Indy 500 while Ray's celebrates over 50 years in business.  We are honored to be participating in such a legendary Indianapolis event with such a legendary IndyCar driver like A.J."

“We appreciate the support of Ray’s Trash Services Inc. and the opportunity to introduce them to the world’s fastest race as part of our team. We’ll do our best to make it a memorable experience for them,” said Team President Larry Foyt.

The associate sponsorship will mark the company’s first foray into motorsports as a team sponsor but not their first association with the Foyts. The Foyt Wine Vault on Main Street in Speedway utilizes their services and has since construction began on the Vault over two years ago.

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast live Sunday, May 29th by ABC-TV with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. ET.

About Ray’s Trash Services Inc. Ray's Trash Service is a family-operated business that has been serving the Indianapolis community with a wide variety of waste services since 1965. They provide waste removal and recycling at residential, commercial, industrial, and construction properties. They also offer document destruction, disaster cleanup, land clearing, and demolition.

Track Report: May 16

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. May 16, 2016 – Turning few laps during Opening Day practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the No. 14, 41, and 35 teams worked to establish a baseline for the upcoming week both on and off track.

Takuma Sato led the three teams in first practice, turning 24 laps with a top speed of 223.826mph to finish in 20th position in his No. 14 ABC Supply Honda. “It was a short day but at least we were able to do a proper shakedown and went through very basic study. We ran in very light traffic. Primarily today I ran just by myself to get into rhythm,” noted Sato.

Turning the shortest amount of laps of the team in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda, Alex Tagliani finished the day in 30th place, turning 13 laps at a top speed of 220.715mph. In regard to first practice of the month on the oval track, Tagliani said, “Opening Day was okay. It was interesting to feel the car with some new things on it. We have work to do obviously, but it was good to get the car on track and run it. I think we were quite conservative with downforce for the few laps we did.”

Jack Hawksworth completed his 14 laps on track with a top speed of 213.586mph, but noted that much of the focus of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda crew was engine, not speed. “Today we were trying to work in the engine. We didn’t get many laps in so we don’t have a clear vision of where we are. The car was a little pushy so we made a few wing adjustments. It was nice to go over 200mph again on an oval like this. We’ll see where we are tomorrow with more laps under our belt.”

A.J. Foyt Racing returns to the track tomorrow at 12:00pm for the second practice session of the week ahead of next week’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Race Report: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS May 14, 2016—The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis turned into one of those races that the AJ Foyt Racing team would like to forget. Instead the engineers and drivers will go through the postmortem and try to figure out just where everything went so wrong.

The struggle to find speed started the first day. And despite some bright moments—a top-five showing in practice three for Takuma Sato’s No. 14 ABC Supply Honda and then a first-ever appearance in the Firestone Fast Six for the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda driven by Jack Hawksworth—the frustration continued on race day.

The drop in temperatures—it was just over fifty degrees ambient temperature on a cloudy race day—only served to exacerbate an already difficult situation.

Hawksworth qualified sixth and started fourth when two cars ahead of him were penalized for being underweight. Through the first fuel stint he was able to run in the top six. However a messy pit stop saw him drop to 16th which is where he ran for most of the race. He fell back to 21st when an element on his front wing broke with about 15 laps to go.

“The first stint wasn’t great but I thought we could hold our own,” said Hawksworth. “When we came in to put on the other reds we were P6 but we did not have a good pit stop. We fell way down in the order. We had some issues with the car after that and then the front wing broke, and I hadn’t hit anything, so that just added to the day we were having. It was a long day.”

Sato, who qualified 22nd and started 20th, said of his 18th place finish, “A tough and long day. I didn’t have the speed to compete. A lot of things were unfortunate as well. We really need to go back and see why we were not quick enough. At one stage we were competitive in Practice 3 but since qualifying we lost speed and couldn’t get it back. It was really a tough day but the boys did a good job on the pit stops. We fought hard but it was a tough one.”

Alfe Heat Treating pilot Alex Tagliani was the only driver not complaining about his car after the 82-lap race.

“I think out of our three cars, we had the strongest, we just got into some really weird situations on track,” said Tagliani, who finished 23rd, a lap down. “I think we had more of a car than we could’ve shown, but we had lots of little situations, and a pit road penalty that cost us. But in regards of pace, we definitely had something to fight with for a Top-10 finish.”

Simon Pagenaud extended his point lead by winning his third straight race. His teammate Helio Castroneves finished second ahead of James Hinchcliffe, Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball.

Qualifying for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place next Saturday and will be televised by ABC-TV from 4-6 pm ET. ESPN3 will broadcast live from the track that day from 11 am to 3pm ET.