INDYCAR Announces 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 25, 2016) - INDYCAR announced the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today, a 17-race season that provides continuity, adds a new event at Gateway Motorsports Park and confirms a multi-year agreement with Watkins Glen International. The series calendar features the return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and consists of a total of six events on ovals, six on permanent road courses and five on temporary street circuits.

INDYCAR experienced a 38 percent growth in both television ratings and viewership from 2013 to 2015 and the same numbers are up this season by a total of 7 percent compared to this time last year. Attendance at INDYCAR events is also on the rise, with six events this season drawing crowds at or near record highs.

"The release of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule continues to build upon the success INDYCAR has experienced the last three years and establishes continuity and consistency in our event calendar," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "As a series we are working diligently to create long-term relationships with our promoters to establish date equity and to provide them with the opportunity to initiate ticket renewals and event promotions earlier, which is pivotal to continuing the increase in attendance at our events."

For the sixth consecutive season, the INDYCAR schedule will open on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 12), in 2017 and conclude at Sonoma Raceway (Sept. 17) - the third straight year the Verizon IndyCar Series championship will be crowned on the scenic 12-turn, 2.385-mile road course in California.

All events on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule will be broadcast by longstanding television partners ABC and NBCSN. The final TV schedule will be released later this year.

The addition of Gateway Motorsports Park (Aug. 26) marks a return for the Verizon IndyCar Series, which last competed at the venue outside St. Louis in 2003. The track has hosted seven Indy car races, in CART from 1997-2000 and the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2001-03.

"Today is a monumental day for the people of the St. Louis region," said Curtis Francois, owner of Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. "I am proud of the progress we've made at my hometown track. I knew someday we would be making an announcement like this because I have such confidence in the people of this region and their commitment to great sporting events. More than a dozen track operators around the country sought this INDYCAR race for their communities. I firmly believe we came out on top because of the energy, loyalty and commitment to great sports that sports fans of all kinds demonstrate each day in this community."

Watkins Glen International, a replacement venue for the canceled Boston race this year, will host the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen this season on Sept. 4. The permanent road course, steeped in open-wheel racing history, will return on Labor Day weekend again in 2017 under a new multi-year agreement with INDYCAR.

"The addition of Gateway Motorsports Park and the return of Watkins Glen International are integral to the continued growth of INDYCAR," Miles said. "Gateway officials have been enthusiastic about the prospect of hosting a Verizon IndyCar Series event for some time and we're excited to bring the series to the St. Louis market. Watkins Glen is an iconic American road course that is revered by our fans, drivers and teams. Our goal from the beginning was to establish a long-term agreement and we're thrilled that we've been able to extend this relationship for the future."

In addition to coverage from ABC and NBCSN, all Verizon IndyCar Series races can be heard on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, available through network affiliates, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the INDYCAR Mobile app and IndyCar.com.

2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule

March 12 -- Streets of St. Petersburg

April 9 -- Streets of Long Beach

April 23 -- Barber Motorsports Park

April 29 -- Phoenix International Raceway

May 13 -- Grand Prix of Indianapolis

May 28 -- Indianapolis 500 Mile Race

June 3 -- Raceway at Belle Isle Park

June 4 -- Raceway at Belle Isle Park

June 10 -- Texas Motor Speedway

June 25 -- Road America

July 9 -- Iowa Speedway

July 16 -- Streets of Toronto

July 30 -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Aug. 20 -- Pocono Raceway

Aug. 26  -- Gateway Motorsports Park

Sept. 3 -- Watkins Glen International

Sept. 17 -- Sonoma Raceway

(Schedule subject to change)

Foyts compete in Indy Legends Charity Vintage Pro/Am race

INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Foyt IV and Larry Foyt competed in the Indy Legends Charity Vintage Pro/Am Race which was the headliner of the SVRA Brickyard Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last Saturday, (June 18th).

Foyt IV finished on the podium with a third place finish in class driving the 1967 Z-28 Camaro owned by his amateur co-driver Charles Bentley. Paul Tracy and Davey Hamilton along with their co-drivers finished first and second in the same class.

“I had an absolute blast the entire weekend with my family at IMS for the SVRA pro am,” said Foyt IV. “The owner of my car Chuck was a heck of a guy and a skilled driver on the track as well. He has a very fast car and I could tell that he wanted to win or at least get on the podium. It was awesome to see Chuck’s excitement about the finish so that made my weekend.”

Larry Foyt finished fifth in class in the 1969 Chevy Corvette roadster with co-driver Kirk Blaha.

“I had a wonderful time hanging out at the SVRA event and driving a beautiful 1969 corvette with Kirk and Rick Blaha,” said Foyt, who is currently president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises. “They were very welcoming and helpful and the car was prepared flawlessly by the PR Motorsports team. Being at the event took me back to being a kid around the speedway enjoying a stress free time with racers and friends.”

The progeny of A.J. Foyt enjoyed the busman’s holiday which featured mostly drivers who competed in the Indianapolis 500 paired with an amateur driver. Interestingly, 12 of the pro drivers in the 34-car field drove for Foyt at some point in their careers.

The 40-minute competition was comprised of American muscle cars which raced on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course. The cars were 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs of the “Group 6” SVRA class.

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.

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.

Alfe Racing Facebook Contest!

Starting Tuesday, May 3rd at 12 noon ET the Alfe Racing Facebook contest starts! Go to the Alfe Racing page to see Question 1. Question 2 will be posted on the AJ Foyt Racing fan page at 1 p.m. 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 (winner and their guest) 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.