Larry Foyt Gets Married!

HOCKLEY, Texas (Nov. 9, 2015) – One of INDYCAR’s most eligible bachelors has tied the knot! Larry Foyt and Kelly Curran, both of Houston, were married this past Saturday afternoon at Houston Oaks Country Club in Hockley.

The 38-year-old President of AJ Foyt Racing met the beautiful Curran, a 2007 graduate of UCLA’s theater arts program, at the 2012 IndyCar race in Fontana, Calif. The bride’s brother D. Michael Curran officiated the ceremony in the open air Pavilion.

Curran was escorted down the aisle by her father Michael F. Curran, a Houston businessman. The bride wore an ivory silk and Alençon lace wedding gown designed by Ines Di Santo and customized by Carmen at Casa de Novia Bridal in Houston.

Teal Reamer was the Matron of Honor and A.J. Foyt IV was the Best Man. Foyt’s wife Casey Irsay Foyt was one of the attendants. The six bridesmaids wore gowns in varying shades of ecru while the groomsmen wore black tuxedos.

The candle-lit reception for 200 guests, including Takuma Sato who flew in from Tokyo to attend, was held in the Clubhouse, a rustic but elegant stone and wood beam building lavishly decorated with antiques from around the world.

The couple left for a week-long honeymoon at Hotel Le Toiny, a five-star resort in St. Barth’s in the French Caribbean.  They will reside in the Houston Oaks private golf club community in Hockley, northwest of Houston.

(Photos courtesy of Chris Bailey Photography)

INDYCAR's 2016 Schedule Features 100th Indy 500, Key Venues, Longer Span

•    Legendary 100th Running of Indianapolis 500 Mile Race set for May 29

•    Three new events increase INDYCAR's presence at traditional venues (Phoenix and Road America) and in a new major Northeast metro market (Boston)

•    2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule expands by five weeks, starting earlier (St. Petersburg, March 13) and ending later (Sonoma, Sept. 18)

•    New schedule poised to continue momentum INDYCAR has experienced with 38 percent growth in TV ratings and viewership over the last two years

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 27, 2015) - INDYCAR announced the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today, a 16-race season - anchored by the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race - that spans five weeks longer than last season and features new events in Phoenix, Road America and Boston. INDYCAR has experienced a 38 percent growth in both television ratings and viewership over the past two years with longstanding TV partners ABC and NBCSN and the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is poised to capitalize and build upon that momentum.

The most diverse schedule in motorsports features five races on oval tracks, five on permanent road courses and six on temporary street circuits.

"Overall, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is another key step forward in INDYCAR's strategic vision," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We're confident that the momentum that INDYCAR has experienced in fan engagement over the past two seasons will continue as a result of the tireless efforts of our event promoters and our improved scheduling on ABC and NBCSN."

The schedule opens March 13 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Verizon IndyCar Series season has debuted in each of the past five seasons. The battle for the Astor Cup - the trophy presented annually to the series champion - concludes Sept. 18 at Sonoma Raceway, where the season came to a thrilling conclusion this year as Scott Dixon won the race to capture the championship on a tiebreaker.

The season includes the series' return to staple venues Phoenix International Raceway and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., plus the debut of an exciting new event on the streets of Boston.

ABC will broadcast five races in 2016, including the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that kicks off the season two weeks earlier than last year. ABC will blanket Month of May coverage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, broadcasting the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14, Indianapolis 500 qualifications May 21-22 and the eagerly anticipated 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

"The 2016 season is defined by the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500," Miles continued. "The historic significance of our season is marked by this legendary event and the return of several storied venues such as Road America and Phoenix.  Half the venues on our schedule have hosted 25 or more INDYCAR races and further our rich heritage as the premier form of open wheel racing in the United States."

A.J. Foyt Undergoes Successful Knee Replacement Surgery;
Takuma Sato Enjoys Road America Test in Elkhart Lake

WALLER, TX Sept. 24, 2015— A.J. Foyt underwent surgery yesterday to implant an artificial knee in his right leg, replacing the antibiotic-infused cement spacer he received August 10th. It was the second phase of treatment for a staph infection which surfaced in his artificial knee in late July.

“My doctors said everything went perfectly, so I was relieved to hear that,” said Foyt. “My right leg was clear of the infection so the doctors were able to give me a new knee. They were really pleased with how everything went.” It is the second time that Foyt has been hospitalized with a staph infection, the first time occurred in January, 2012 in his left artificial knee. Foyt is expected to remain in the Houston hospital for several days.

While Foyt was awaiting his surgery, his race team was in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Tuesday as several teams tested at the beautiful 4-mile road course in the Wisconsin Dells area. Nine drivers from four other teams (Ganassi, Penske, Rahal Letterman Lanigan and CHF Racing) joined Sato in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to the historic track. The last year an IndyCar raced there was in 2007 under the Champ Car World Series sanctioning body.

Sato, who joined IndyCar in 2010, had never seen the circuit before this week but was impressed. Following are his thoughts on the experience.

On his impression of the track (before getting on it): “I had heard about how this is everyone’s favourite track and after seeing some past footage of it, I was very impressed and excited to get on it.”

On running it in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda Indy car: “Love it! The track is such a classic style - narrow and fast – and it’s an incredible feeling. So much fun! I feel it is a great fit for a powerful Indy car, and the cornering speed was very impressive plus it is surrounded by beautiful greens and woods. Great track!”

On its similarities to other tracks he’s run: “It is nothing like other tracks in the USA I’ve run, but in Europe I think perhaps it’s like a mixture of Imola in San Marino and old Hockenheim in Germany or the Brands Hatch GP course in the UK but with less elevation change.  The characteristics these tracks share with Road America are that they are exceptionally narrow and fast and have a long straight with dense forest. Drivers and fans love these kinds of tracks.”

On the most thrilling part of the track: “Both the Carousel and the Kink are unbelievably fast and thrilling. You need a good commitment for Turn 1 too.”

On the passing opportunities: “I think there are a few. T1, T5 and T12 are the most popular I imagine.”

On possibility of side-by-side racing there: “It’s narrow but you can. You need a good trust and commitment but T5 has a good space for it.”

On the bratwurst (considered best in America): “No I haven’t eaten one yet but I have to then!”


Foyt Family Wines Launches Speedway Rosè

SPEEDWAY, Ind. October 14, 2015—Ask and you shall receive.

Foyt Family Wines is responding to consumer demand with the launch of Speedway Rosè, which is available for purchase only in the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Ind. starting this month. To celebrate the introduction of this newest varietal, the Foyt Wine Vault is hosting a launch party Thursday, Oct. 22nd; it will be open to the public.

"I think it's interesting and fun on how this wine came about,” said A.J. Foyt IV, co-founder of Foyt Family Wines. “There were literally so many requests for a sweeter wine offering. Our response was our first vintage of the Foyt Rosè of Pinot Noir, produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Sonoma County. It’s important to us to have great customer service and this is one example of it: making a wine in the California Wine Country for our customers here in Speedway and naming it after their town."

Speedway Rosè is the first premium Foyt wine to be named after a place. However, in keeping with the tradition of using numbers to designate their wines, Foyt Family Wines officially lists this varietal’s inaugural release as No. 55 Rosè of Pinot Noir from Sonoma County. The number 55 refers to the year that A.J. Foyt viewed his first Indianapolis 500 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after years of listening to it on the radio with his father, Tony, in their Houston, Texas home.

The Vault also installed its first premium wine keg system featuring the No. 55 Speedway Rosè.  With commemorative matching bottles produced, local consumers can purchase these refillable wine bottles to take home and then bring them back for refilling. Like many craft breweries’ refillable growler programs, this new program reduces waste of glass, paper labels, and natural corks thereby making a positive impact on the environment.

A.J. spent every May in Speedway since that inaugural visit in 1955, so when the time came to open up the Foyt Wine Vault, the town’s proximity to the historic track made it an easy decision to locate there. Foyt Family Wines co-founders and Vault co-owners, Larry Foyt and A.J. Foyt IV have both competed in the Indianapolis 500 as well as INDYCAR and NASCAR. Foyt IV, an Indianapolis-area resident, handles the day-to-day operations of the Vault.

“We hope everyone comes out to help us celebrate on the 22nd,” Foyt IV said. “It will be our chance to honor this great community which has been welcoming the Foyt family since 1955!”


(January 10, 1935 – September 10, 2015)

DES MOINES Sept. 10, 2015--Our good friend Jack “J.D.” Housby passed away today after a valiant battle with cancer.

Housby has been a friend of A.J. Foyt’s for over five decades but it was in the last two decades that their paths crossed more frequently and their friendship deepened. At Indianapolis, Housby often accompanied Foyt on the golf cart as the two rode out to pit lane and back. And while Foyt would duck into the garage, Housby would hold court outside of it as friends from all walks of life would stop by to chat with him. After attending 65 straight Indy 500s, he made a lot of acquaintances.

As the largest Mack Truck dealer in Iowa, Housby was a successful businessman who had a passion for racing. A fixture at the Knoxville Nationals, he owned teams in NASCAR and sponsored teams on every level, including our IndyCar team. He was a friend to the legends in IndyCar and NASCAR, and everyone seemed to know – and respect – Gentleman Jack Housby.

In lieu of a funeral (Jack disliked funerals and didn’t want one), the Housby family put together a terrific video -- a celebration of Jack's life which can be viewed here.  It is hosted by his three sons Kelly (left), Kevin (center) and Michael.

Indy will be a bit sadder for us next year—especially when we see that empty golf cart sitting outside Garage A1--but we know Jack will be riding with us in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500!