HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We at A.J. Foyt Racing extend our best wishes to everyone for a very Happy Thanksgiving. As families and friends gather to celebrate this very American holiday, it is an opportunity to give thanks for all that we have and to show kindness and generosity to those less fortunate. If you are cooking the big bird at home or traveling to someone else’s home, we hope everyone has a safe holiday! Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

2013 Season Review

With the 2013 season now in the record books, it is time to review the highlights of the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing team!

When ex-Formula One driver Takuma Sato of Tokyo, Japan joined the team, the news surprised nearly everyone in the IndyCar paddock, especially several seasoned media personalities who questioned the decision. Those questions were quickly put to rest as Sato consistently emerged as one of the fastest drivers in pre-season testing and then confirming those results by qualifying second in the season opener in St. Petersburg.

Two races later, Sato scored his first IndyCar victory in the prestigious Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, turning in a flawless drive which was complemented by equally flawless work in the pits. Next stop was Sao Paulo, Brazil wherein the team was one corner away from scoring a second straight victory. The runner-up finish vaulted Sato and the team into the IndyCar points lead as they headed to Indianapolis.

A.J. Foyt on Dario Franchitti's announcement of his retirement from driving Indy cars:

“I think Dario’s been a great race driver, he’s a fine gentleman and he’s been a great asset to IndyCar racing. If the doctors tell him he should quit then he should listen to them. I’m the opposite and never would listen, but I probably would have been a lot better off if I did. But Dario’s won a lot of races and championships so he has a lot to be proud of. My hat’s off to him.”

IndyCar.com Highlights Our Team

In advance of the upcoming Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, IndyCar.com editor Dave Lewandowski visited the AJ Foyt Racing shop in Waller, Texas in mid-September. That visit inspired several stories and a visual tour of the AJ Foyt Racing shop. To check it out, please click on this link: http://www.indycar.com/News/2013/09/9-29-A-visit-with-AJ-Foyt

A.J. Foyt Remembers George Bignotti

WALLER, Texas Sept. 27, 2013—Auto racing lost one of the all-time great chief mechanics today when George Bignotti passed away at his home in Las Vegas. He was 97.

“I’d say he was one of the greatest mechanics that was ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We had such a close relationship and even though I went on my merry way, we were still close up to his death,” said A.J. Foyt.

Bignotti, whose record shows 85 Indycar victories including seven Indianapolis 500 wins with five different drivers, including Foyt, Indy’s first four-time winner.   The other drivers who visited victory lane with Bignotti-tuned cars were Graham Hill (’66), Indy’s second four-time winner Al Unser (who won with Bignotti in ’70 and ’71), Gordon Johncock (’73) and Tom Sneva (’83).

Foyt signed with Bignotti’s Bowes Seal Fast team in 1960, posted his first of a record 67 victories, and went on to win the national championship that year.

“He was such a great mechanic and he had such fast race cars and I was just a snot-nosed kid coming up,” said Foyt, whose first turn at the wheel for Bignotti was in a midget before the Indy car season began. “I drove at Ascot (Speedway in Gardena, Calif.) and drove midgets for him and we won a lot of races at Ascot. About everywhere I drove for him we won."

“Sometimes he would get mad at me when I’d drive the midget, he’d say, ‘You’re gonna kill yourself! Quit being so wild in that damn thing!’ Foyt recalled, laughing at the memory. In the past, Foyt credited Bignotti with teaching him to enjoy salads—quite a feat considering Foyt was (and is) a diehard meat-and-potatoes man.

Welcome Walker Foyt O'Brien!

A hearty congratulations to Lucy and A.J.'s granddaughter Christy and her husband D.J. on the birth of their first child Walker Foyt O'Brien. He arrived at 9:16 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26th and checked in at 6 lbs. 12 oz. and 19 inches. Mother and son are doing great. We wish everyone in the Foyt and O'Brien families our best!

AJ Foyt Racing Test Report: Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA, Calif. Sept. 24, 2013—Takuma Sato flew from Tokyo, Japan and A.J. Foyt flew from Houston, Texas and the two saw each other at Auto Club Speedway for the first time since early June.

For Foyt the return to racing action in the IZOD IndyCar Series was a welcome one following his recovery from hip replacement surgery July 1. “Today was pretty tiring but I had a great day and a lot of fun,” said 78-year-old Texan who jetted in Tuesday morning and headed home that evening.  “A lot of people came up to me and said ‘Nice to see you back.’ It’s different now though because I don’t play the role I used to play but it’s great to be back and be with the team again. I guess I missed it more than I thought I did.”

“It was good to see A.J. back at the track after such a long time away,” said Sato.

For Sato his 24-hour stay in the States was “productive.” In Tokyo since the beginning of the month, Sato made his whirlwind trip to California for the one-day test and returned to Tokyo on the red-eye because he is scheduled to race in the Super Formula Series in Sugo, Japan this weekend.

Preparation=performance runs in the Foyt family

By Dave Lewandowski

WALLER, Texas -- Larry Foyt doesn’t toss around “luck” – good or bad – with abandon.

“I’m one of those guys who doesn’t like to say luck a lot because I do believe you make your own luck with preparation,” the A.J. Foyt Racing team director says, “but there are some things that do fall out of your control.”

He’s referring to the spate of DNFs and corresponding lackluster results of the Honda-powered No. 14 ABC Supply car in the second half of the IZOD IndyCar Series season. In the past seven races, Takuma Sato has been sidelined four times by mechanical issues and twice by contact.

It’s perplexing and downright frustrating, Foyt acknowledges, following the promise heading into the 97th Indianapolis 500, when Sato led the driver championship standings bolstered by a victory at Long Beach and runner-up finish at Sao Paulo.

Our Deepest Sympathy

We at AJ Foyt Racing are so sorry to hear of Floyd Ganassi’s passing. Throughout his years in motorsports, he showed his kindness in so many ways. Our deepest sympathy to Chip and his entire family, including everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing.

A.J. Foyt: “I’ve known Floyd for quite a few years--he was a real gentleman. I always looked forward to seeing him at the track. I know it’s going to hit Chip like it did me when my father died because Chip and Floyd were very close too. He was a great person and I thought the world of him.”

Japanese Open-Wheel Standout Takuma Sato Becomes Online Instructor

HILLIARD, Ohio (July 17, 2013) – Takuma Sato, who first sprung to prominence in his native Japan in 2004 when he became only the second Japanese driver ever to score a podium finish in Formula 1 – and this year earned his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory when he guided the legendary A.J. Foyt’s #14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara-Honda DW12 to the checkered flag on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. – has become the latest top-line driver to lend his time as an Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s highly acclaimed www.SAFEisFAST.com website. Questions for Sato can be sent via SAFEisFAST.com from now through Sunday. His answers will be posted beginning next Monday (July 22).

This week also sees the debut of a brand-new video tutorial entitled “Drive Smart: Race Drivers Explain How to be Safer on the Road” which outlines some important resources that are available to all road car drivers in the constant quest for improving road safety.

Sato, 36, was a gifted bicycle racer in his teens but always aspired toward a career in auto racing. He took his first steps toward that goal in 1996 when he bought his first kart. Just over a year later, Sato entered and won Honda’s Suzuka Racing School scholarship. While the top prize was a season of racing in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship, Sato had his eyes set on a broader goal and instead traveled to Europe where he raced firstly in Formula Vauxhall Junior and then Formula Opel. In his first full season of racing, in 1999, Sato finished sixth in the competitive EFDA Formula Opel Euroseries. He also entered the final few rounds of the prestigious British Formula 3 Championship and won the Asian F2000 support race at the Macau Grand Prix.

A.J. Foyt Is Recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery in Houston

HOUSTON July 2, 2013—IndyCar team owner A.J. Foyt, who has not been to a race since the Ft. Worth event on June 8th, underwent successful hip replacement surgery on his left hip yesterday (July 1) in a Houston hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Foyt had been battling pain in his left leg for most of the year. In April, he underwent a laminectomy in the lumbar region of his spine to relieve sciatic nerve pain. He had missed two races (Alabama and Long Beach, Calif.) prior to that surgery as well as the one in Sao Paulo, Brazil immediately after it.

The chronic leg pain increased dramatically after he fell while working on his ranch before the Texas race. He had consulted with several doctors before agreeing to the most recent surgery.

“I was a little nervous about this surgery but they had me up and walking the same day. I’m sore but nothing like I was before the surgery. I guess I waited too long to have it done though because my hip was in really bad shape. They couldn’t believe I was walking at all,” said Foyt, who gives new meaning to Texas tough. “The doctors tell me it will be six to eight weeks before I can travel.”

Foyt will be in the hospital for several days. He plans to watch Takuma Sato and his ABC Supply Racing team compete at Pocono Raceway this Sunday when the event is televised live on ABC-TV starting at noon ET.