Alfe Heat Treating Set To Unveil No. 35 “Tribute to A.J. Foyt” IndyCar

WALLER, Texas April 28, 2016—You’ve seen the pictures but on Tuesday, May 10th, Alfe Heat Treating will host a private unveiling of its No. 35 “Tribute to A.J. Foyt”   IndyCar for the media at the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Ind.

Honoree A.J. Foyt and his No. 35 driver Alex Tagliani, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 pole winner, will be joined by Kurt Westman, founder and CEO of Alfe Heat Treating, Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. plus Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth, drivers of the ABC Supply Hondas, of which Alfe Heat Treating is an associate sponsor.

Race fans can enter a contest on Facebook to win a Ticket for Two to the “35 Unveiling” on May 10th plus two tickets to the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy on May 14th so they can see the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda in action in the fifth event of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“We want to honor the fans of IndyCar and A.J. Foyt by inviting them to partake in a special event with us and share in the excitement surrounding the 100th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” said Ryan Westman, regional sales manager and director of motorsports for Alfe Heat Treating.

The May 3rd contest will be hourly with one winner per hour starting at 12 noon ET on the Alfe Racing Facebook page. Question 2 will be posted on the AJ Foyt Racing fan page at 1 pm ET. The sites will alternate hourly with one question per hour through 4 p.m. for a total of five winners.

The first person to answer correctly will win a Ticket for Two to the “35 Unveiling” as long as they meet the following criteria: Winners are 21 or older (if younger, must be accompanied by an adult) and are able to attend the May 10 event in Speedway.

In addition to receiving the Grand Prix race tickets, the five winners will be able to meet and have their picture taken with Tagliani, Sato and Hawksworth. The winners (over 21) will be able to enjoy gourmet appetizers and award-winning Foyt Wine.

Tagliani will drive the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda in both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500. The number 35 was chosen to honor Foyt’s record 35 straight starts in the Indianapolis 500—from 1958 through 1992. The car’s livery will evoke memories of the black No. 14 Indy cars that he drove in the latter part of his legendary career.  As Kurt Westman noted, “We chose the number 35 because it is the number of consecutive starts A.J. had at the Brickyard as well as being A.J.'s birth year, a lucky number!”

The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be broadcast live by ABC-TV on May 14 starting at 3:30 pm ET. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be broadcast live May 29th on ABC-TV starting with the pre-race show at 11 am ET followed by the race broadcast.

 

About Alfe Heat Treating, Inc.

Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Alfe Heat Treating, Inc. is the largest commercial aluminum heat treating operation in the United States. The company operates plants throughout the Midwest serving aerospace, automotive, military, and commercial customers with both ferrous and non-ferrous facilities.

About Alex Tagliani

Tagliani, 43, is a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He lives outside the city with his wife Bronte and their young daughter Eva Rose who was born last Spring. Tagliani began his career in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2000 and has raced an IndyCar in at least one race every year since. He has also competed in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, Pinty’s Series (Canadian stock cars), Rolex Grand Am Series and in the V8 Supercar Series.

 

 

Vote for A.J. Today through 12 noon ET, Thursday, April 21

Who is the best driver in Indianapolis 500 Mile Race history? Fans now have the opportunity to vote for theirs in the “Champions of the 500” bracket challenge.

Sixteen of the greatest Indianapolis 500 winners – legendary names ranging from Shaw to Montoya, Vukovich to Franchitti – have been selected to square off in a digital voting platform that begins at noon ET today and runs through May 23, leading to the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29.

Fans can vote for their #Champsofthe500 every hour during the contest by visiting ims.com/champsofthe500, and are encouraged to tout their votes by using the hashtag #Champsofthe500 in Facebook and Twitter posts. The voting contest runs in conjunction with Legends Day Honoring Champions of the 500 presented by Firestone at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28.

The Round of 16 features a pair of bracket showdowns running three days each and concluding April 30. The eight winners by popular vote advance to the quarterfinal round, with the semifinals and championship round to follow.

The opening bracket matchups feature four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt going against two-time winner and reigning champion Juan Pablo Montoya, and back-to-back winner Bill Vukovich paired against three-time victor Wilbur Shaw. Voting for these bracket pairings is underway now through noon ET April 21.

The next first-round showdowns running April 21-24 feature all three-time Indianapolis 500 winners. Helio Castroneves goes against Louis Meyer and Mauri Rose takes on Bobby Unser.

The challenge from April 24-27 sees four-time winner Al Unser against his friend and 1963 winner Parnelli Jones. Also, two-time winner Al Unser Jr. goes up against three-time champion Johnny Rutherford.

The final two first-round matchups April 27-30 find four-time winner Rick Mears taking on two-time champ and fan favorite Dan Wheldon, as well as 1969 winner Mario Andretti going head-to-head with three-time victor Dario Franchitti.

The voting period for each matchup begins at noon ET on the designated start day and ends at noon ET on the designated end day. Again, votes may be cast each hour.

Show your pride and vote for your #Champsofthe500.

#Champsofthe500 First-Round Pairings:

April 18-21: A.J. Foyt vs. Juan Pablo Montoya; Bill Vukovich vs. Wilbur Shaw

April 21-24: Helio Castroneves vs. Louis Meyer; Mauri Rose vs. Bobby Unser

April 24-27: Al Unser vs. Parnelli Jones; Al Unser Jr. vs. Johnny Rutherford

April 27-30: Rick Mears vs. Dan Wheldon; Mario Andretti vs. Dario Franchitti

Note: Voting begins and ends at noon ET on the designated days; driver receiving the most votes in each pairing advances to the quarterfinal round to follow. Vote at ims.com/champsofthe500.

 

 

 

 

 

Alfe Heat Treating to Sponsor Third AJ Foyt Racing Entry for the “Indy Double”

No. 35 tribute livery will commemorate A.J. Foyt’s record 35 Indy 500 starts

WALLER, Texas March 17, 2016—Alfe Heat Treating will sponsor the No. 35 Honda Dallara to be driven by Alex Tagliani in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, a.k.a. the Indy Double.

The number 35 was chosen to honor A.J. Foyt’s record 35 straight starts in the Indianapolis 500—from 1958 through 1992. The car’s livery will evoke memories of the black No. 14 Copenhagen cars that Foyt drove in the latter part of his legendary career.

“We chose the number 35 because it is the number of consecutive starts A.J. had at the Brickyard as well as being A.J.'s birth year, a lucky number,” said Kurt Westman, Founder and CEO of Alfe Heat Treating, Inc.

Tagliani, who competed in the Indy 500 last year in an Alfe Heat Treating-sponsored car and will again this year, will drive in the May 14th Angie’s List Grand Prix for the first time in his career which spans 203 IndyCar races over 16 seasons.

“We are happy to have Alex back as he did a great job for us last year, and we are hopeful for an even better performance this year!” Westman said.

“I feel very privileged and honored to be driving the Alfe Heat Treating Honda,” said Tagliani, who won the pole for the 2011 Indy 500. “Alfe is a great company and I met a lot of good people last year with their headquarters being so close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I’m very excited to be driving for the AJ Foyt Racing organization again. To be driving for them at the Speedway during the month of May is very special. The 100th Running of the Indy 500 will make it even more unique.

Tagliani last raced an IndyCar on the road and street circuits in 2013, when eight of the 14 events he drove in the Verizon IndyCar Series were either in the streets or on a road course.

“I’m looking forward to driving the Indy road course in an IndyCar—I’ve heard a lot of amazing things on the performance of the car,” Tagliani said. “It will be difficult because I haven’t driven an IndyCar on a road course in several years. Jumping in the car on a road course in something that is very new will be tough, but the positive is that I will be in the car for the month of May. Getting used to the guys and working with the team is very important if you want to maximize the performance of the driver, the team and the car. Hopefully we can do a good job for the whole Alfe team and everyone who has been so supportive of me like Sexton Properties and everyone I’ve been involved with at the Speedway over the last two years.”

This year will be the third straight year that Alfe Heat Treating has focused on a design that has meaning beyond the traditional sponsor-centric livery. In the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the No. 41 car featured the retro-livery in “Foyt Poppy Red” in honor of Foyt’s record-setting Indy 500 victory in 1977. Last year, Dan Gurney’s No. 48 All American Eagle was selected as the design, dark-hued and complete with white racing stripes. Alex Tagliani drove it to a 17th place finish in the 500.

Additionally, Alfe Heat Treating returns for the sixth straight season as an associate sponsor of the team which fields the No. 14 and No. 41 ABC Supply Honda-Dallaras driven by Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth.

Foyts Join SVRA Lineup for Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS April 7, 2016--The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced that the Foyt name, one of the most famous in auto racing history, will race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway again during the Brickyard Invitational, June 16-19. Larry Foyt, son of the great A.J. Foyt, and A.J. Foyt IV, the revered champion’s grandson, will once again be on the gird at the Brickyard for the feature event of the SVRA weekend – the “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am.

“I heard last year that young A.J. was asking about our event,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “I did not waste a moment reaching out to him. When we found out Larry was interested too, everyone at the SVRA was thrilled. The Foyt name is pure gold in auto racing and we are honored to have them join us.”

The Pro-Am feature the Foyts will race in is a 40-minute competition of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Saturday, June 18. The cars are 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of the “Group 6” SVRA class. This year’s event is attracting new and exciting names, including a new twist, called the “Garage 34” promoter’s option that brings NASCAR stars Bill Elliott and Ray Evernham into the field. The Unser cousins, Al Jr., Robby and Johnny are already entered and numerous other Indianapolis 500 veterans will be announced in the coming weeks. Professionals will be paired with amateur drivers, splitting stints at the wheel at their discretion.

AJ IV is a six-time starter in the Indianapolis 500 from 2003 to 2010.  He holds the record as the youngest driver to start the classic at just 19.  A versatile driver, he got his start as a nine-year-old in Junior Dragsters, winning two titles.  After that experience he raced karts during his teenage years. From there he began racing SCCA formula cars, taking the Southwest Regional Championship in 2001 and finishing third in the national championship. Those accomplishments earned him SCCA rookie-of-the-year.  Also in 2001 he finished second in the feature event of the World Karting Association’s Dirt World Championships at Daytona.  After getting a taste of USAC Silver Crown racing he stepped up to grandfather A.J. Foyt’s Infiniti Pro Series team in 2002. That series was the equivalent of today’s Indy Lights and Foyt took four impressive wins to close out the season championship. The following year he raced for his grandfather in the Indianapolis 500. During his Indy car career he also raced for Vision Racing, securing that team’s best-ever finish with a third place at Kentucky Speedway in 2007. Foyt also raced in NASCAR Busch (now Xfinity) and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Larry Foyt is currently president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, which includes his legendary father’s racing operations. The three-time Indianapolis 500 starter is also a founding partner with AJ IV in the relatively new venture, Foyt Family Wines. He began his racing career in karting in 1993 and by 1996 was a Texas state champion.  In 1997 he began racing Formula 2000 and won two SCCA races in 1999.  He raced stock cars with the American Speed Association in 2000, scoring several top-five finishes.  By 2001 he was racing in the NASCAR Busch Series and moved full-time into the top-tier Cup competition in 2003. He also raced with ARCA and NASCAR trucks. By 2006 after his final Indianapolis 500 the Texas Christian University graduate began to take on more management responsibility at A.J. Foyt Enterprises.  He exceled there and by 2007 was appointed team manager.  The team’s breakthrough victory with driver Takuma Sato at the famous Long Beach Grand Prix in 2013 was a testimony to his management abilities. In 2015 he ascended to the company’s presidency. 

Open Test: Highs and Lows

PHOENIX Feb. 27, 2016—The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Phoenix International Raceway with an Open Test this weekend. For the ABC Supply team it was a case of highs and lows.

Both Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth visited PIR for the first time yesterday. Both ABC Supply drivers enjoyed running at the one mile oval track, of which Sato said, “It's great to be back in the car especially on the oval-- the sensation of speed is very exciting. Phoenix is a quite challenging track. I like that Turn 1 and Turn 4 are very different in character. It’s great fun!”

The cars ran a daytime session (12 – 3pm) and a night session (5-8pm) both days which allowed them to test the cars in track conditions they will have for qualifying (daytime) and the race, which starts in the early evening (around 5:30pm) on April 2.

Sato posted his best time in the Saturday evening session with a speed of 188.679mph, which was fourth best in that session. In the combined results for the two days, it was 13th quickest.

“It was a very productive two-day test here in Phoenix,” Sato said after the on-track activity concluded. “I’ve never been here before so there was a lot to learn, especially with the new aero package and new engine. The engine felt very powerful so we’re getting competitive speeds and that is exciting. The two sessions in the daytime and then again at night were quite tricky because the balance shift was quite big—more than we expected—but that means we learned a lot. Now we head to Sebring for another test to gather more data.”

Despite some minor setbacks, Hawksworth, who turns 25 Sunday, had been settling in when things took a turn for the worse in the final evening session. As he explained, “We came into Turn 1 and the car just got loose. I caught it, but by that time it had all the lateral force and just took me into the wall. I don’t know what happened, but we snapped and that was it.”

Hawksworth escaped injury, but the car sustained significant damage to the right side suspension. Hawksworth had reached a top speed of 184.010mph in the afternoon session.

Sato had lightly brushed the wall earlier in the night session when he had to avoid a car which slowed dramatically in the racing line in Turn 1. Sato’s car sustained cosmetic damage to the right rear bumper but was able to continue once the car was checked out by the ABC Supply crew.

The team returns to Sebring International Raceway Wednesday for a final test before the season opener in St. Petersburg March 11-13.