By A.J. Foyt
Weekends like this past one bug me to death. I think about it until the next race which unfortunately isn’t for another two weeks when we go to Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto.
It figures that when you want to run really good, it all falls apart. That was the case at Iowa Speedway, a 7/8-mile banked oval about 40 minutes outside of Des Moines. I had some friends there--plus over 400 guests of our sponsor ABC Supply! It would have been good to come away with a top-10 finish. We’ve gotten a couple top-10s there in the past with different drivers so I figured we’d have a good shot with Mike Conway.
The weekend started out okay when we were 11th in the first practice but things went downhill from there. We went in the wrong direction in the second practice. Mike said that the car was too loose on entry into the corners.
We made some changes for the 30-lap heat race—a qualifying format that, as it stands now, I’m not in favor of because it’s too much risk (and expense) for little reward. However, it did give us a chance to try something else on the car before the Iowa Corn Indy 250.