Strike, LLC Signs as Associate Sponsor of No. 41 ABC Supply Honda for the Indianapolis 500

HOUSTON May 16, 2013—Strike, LLC, one of North America’s leading energy services provider, has signed on as a major associate sponsor of AJ Foyt’s No. 41 ABC Supply Indy car driven by 21-year-old Conor Daly in the Indianapolis 500.

Strike’s first foray into motorsports takes place on its most prestigious stage—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway--with AJ Foyt Racing, the team that is currently leading the IZOD IndyCar Series standings with Takuma Sato and the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda.

Steve Pate, Chairman and CEO of Strike, said, "Many of us in the Strike family are race enthusiasts and the opportunity to sponsor an Indy car is very exciting! We are looking forward to working with the Foyt Team and anxious to cheer Conor on to victory.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Strike to our team and to the Indianapolis 500,” said Team Director Larry Foyt. “We appreciate their support and the opportunity to introduce them to the world’s fastest race. We’ll do our best to make it a memorable experience for them and their clients.”

Conor Daly To Drive in Indianapolis 500 for A.J. Foyt

WALLER, Texas April 2, 2013—As the son of a race driver, Conor Daly spent most of his life watching the Indianapolis 500 from the grandstands. This year the 21-year-old rising star will be seeing the race from the cockpit of an Indy car.

Daly has been hired to drive A.J. Foyt’s No. 41 ABC Supply Honda in this year’s Indianapolis 500, joining  Takuma Sato who pilots the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Daly, who grew up in nearby Noblesville, Indiana, will be making his formal IndyCar debut in the 500 on May 26th although he did test the ABC Supply Indy car in December.

“I almost can't describe what it means to have the opportunity to race in the Indianapolis 500,” Daly said. “I have been to the 500 every year of my existence except for last year when I raced in Monaco. It is truly my home race since I was born and raised in the Indianapolis area.  I am so thankful that A.J. and Larry [Foyt] have given me my first shot at the greatest race in the world.  I know this will sound cheesy but I've never been happier in my life; this race means so much to me.”

Daly will participate in the Rookie Orientation Program (ROP) on Thursday, April 11th along with three other rookies: Tristan Vautier, Carlos Munoz, and A.J. Allmendinger, who has won Indy Car races while competing in Champ Car but has never raced in the Indy 500.

“I'm excited about bringing Conor to Indy for his first race at the 500,” Larry Foyt. “I've been watching him come up through the open wheel ranks, and when we met at the F-1 race in Austin, Texas last year, we hit it off immediately. Doing the test at Sebring confirmed he could make the step up to an Indycar, and with my dad's guidance, the potential is there for a great month of May.”

Testing Report: Barber Open Test

LEEDS, Ala. March 13, 2013—Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply team ended on a high note at the IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park today.

Sato laid down his quickest lap of 122.208mph--the fifth quickest of the afternoon—in his final outing in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda; in fact, it was his final lap before the checkered flag ended the session for the 25 cars on track.

“I think we made good progress and it was a productive day, however there is a lot to be done,” said Sato. “At one stage we tried many things which didn’t give us the results we were expecting so we honestly struggled a little bit. But we collected very valuable data and put it all together and improved the performance so that was good. We’ll go back to the shop, analyze all the data and hopefully find more speed.  Overall, it was a good test and the whole team did a good job.”

Will Power posted the quickest lap of 123.33mph in his Chevrolet-powered car. He was followed by James Hinchcliffe’s Chevrolet (122.878mph), and the Hondas of Justin Wilson (122.667mph) and Scott Dixon (122.327mph).

ABC Supply Extends Its Contract to Sponsor AJ Foyt Racing Through 2015

WALLER, Texas February 26, 2013—The second-longest running sponsorship in the IZOD IndyCar Series is about to run even longer! AJ Foyt Racing and ABC Supply Co. Inc. have extended their contract through the 2015 season. The extension will make 11 straight seasons of ABC Supply’s support for motorsports legend A.J. Foyt’s IndyCar racing team.

“We have had such great success with our sponsorship program so far it wasn’t a tough decision to keep it going,” said David Luck, president and chief executive officer of the company. “One of the core values of our company is to work hard and have fun, and sponsoring A.J.’s team and being a part of the Indycar Series has allowed us to entertain a large number of customers and associates across the country giving us an exciting  opportunity to do just that.”

“Being with A.J.’s team gives our guests an up close and personal experience that can’t be duplicated and we are really looking forward to seeing Takuma Sato behind the wheel of the ABC Supply car this year. Takuma joined us on our recent customer cruise and he was great with our guests. It’s going to be an exciting and fun year!” Luck concluded.

The Beloit, Wisconsin-based company has been an active supporter of the team and of the IndyCar Series since 2005. They have entertained over 40,000 guests at IndyCar races in the U.S. during the past eight years.

Testing Report: Sebring International Raceway

SEBRING, FL Feb 19, 2013—Takuma Sato got off to a good start in the no. 14 ABC Supply Honda as he was quickest among the 13 drivers who were testing at Sebring International Raceway today. The private test was Sato’s first time in A.J. Foyt’s car and his first time back in an Indy car since the final race of the season last September.

"It was nice to get back in the car after the winter break--it felt really good,” Sato said. “The team started with a setup they knew, and I needed to feel the difference from what I've experienced--which I did feel some differences. Then we moved on to the testing program and various setup changes. They weren't always positive but we learned from the negative changes too. It was a very solid morning. In the afternoon we were constantly learning. We did lots of miles today so the car was very reliable and we were able to get through most of our program.

“I'm happy that we did some good lap times at the end of the day but it is only testing,” Sato said. “Still it's encouraging and a nice boost for the ABC Supply team. Everyone worked well together so it was a good day."

Sato turned in a quick lap of 51.947 seconds to edge out fellow Honda-powered driver Scott Dixon, who clocked in at 52.017 seconds. Will Power was the quickest Chevy-powered driver (52.153) while Dario Franchitti’s Honda turned a 52.322 lap. Justin Wilson was fifth quickest (52.327) to give Honda four of the top five spots.

AJ Foyt Racing Welcomes Back Associate Sponsors;
Alfe Heat Treating, Greer and Housby Return for 2013

WALLER, TX February 14, 2013—AJ Foyt Racing enters the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series with renewed support from three of its staunchest associate sponsors: Alfe Heat Treating, Greer Enterprises and Housby Trucking.

Alfe enters its third year of involvement with the Foyt team and plans to leverage the association to an even greater degree this season.

“We found there’s a lot of excitement within our sales and marketing department about the opportunities to improve exposure to customers,” said Kurt Westman, President of the heat treating services company with headquarters in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Busy Start for Takuma Sato and AJ Foyt Racing Team Principals in 2013

WALLER, TX January 31, 2013 – Race driver Takuma Sato had not yet sat in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda that he was hired to drive in this year’s IZOD IndyCar Series when he went on a Caribbean cruise with AJ Foyt Racing’s sponsor ABC Supply this month. Team owner A.J. Foyt did not go on the cruise but his son Larry, Team Director of AJ Foyt Racing, did.

The Holland America cruise ship took Sato and young Foyt on a seven-day trip through the Western Caribbean after first stopping in the Bahamas where they rode horses in the sea.  When the ship stopped in Jamaica the next day, Foyt rode ATVs with company executives and Sato chose to ride a zip-line! Visiting Grand Cayman Island the following day, Foyt and Sato went jet-skiing and snorkeling with the Blue Water Beach Parasailing Company.

While the ship was at sea, Sato signed autographs for the customers who could also see the ABC Supply Indy show car aboard the ship which was chartered by the Beloit, Wisconsin-based company.

During the evening hours, the two men joined in the various cocktail parties and dinners that were held aboard the ship which carried over 2000 passengers serviced by a crew of 950 people.

Takuma Sato Signs with AJ Foyt Racing

WALLER, TX January 10, 2013—It’s official! Ending several months of speculation about their plans for 2013, AJ Foyt Racing has signed Takuma Sato to drive the ABC Supply No. 14 Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

“There were a lot of question marks when the season ended but I’m happy to put an end to all that now. We chose to go with Takuma Sato because he brings a lot of experience to our team but he has the hunger of a rookie--and he’s certainly proven he has the desire to win,” said A.J. Foyt.

Most of the ex-Formula One driver’s career has been spent on road courses, but he has adapted quickly to the ovals which makes him a contender no matter the circuit. His performance in last year’s Indianapolis 500 gained the attention of Foyt—and legions of new fans. Although that race ended dramatically with Sato hitting the wall, Foyt appreciated Sato’s ‘No Attack, No Chance’ attitude that triggered the daring, but unsuccessful, pass of leader Dario Franchitti on the final lap.

“I like the fact that he is competitive on both road courses and ovals and that he is a charger,” said Foyt. “I think he has learned quite a bit in the short time he’s been over here and I look forward to working with him this year.”

Sato enters his fourth year of IndyCar competition. In the past three years, he has won pole positions at Iowa and Edmonton (in 2011), claimed five top-5 finishes and 13 top-10s in a total of 49 starts. His career best finish is second which he earned at Edmonton’s airport circuit last year after starting third.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of A.J. Foyt Racing and working with ABC Supply for the 2013 season,” said Sato.  “I have seen the potential of the team last year on a number of occasions.  I think the team has one of the best engineering staffs in the paddock led by Don Halliday.  I can’t wait to start testing next month.

“While I do not know A.J. well yet, it is unbelievable what he did in his career.  A.J. has achieved so many wins in every type of car, at every type of circuit, and in every type of situation.  That experience can only help in trying to win races this year.  I think with A.J. and the team helping me this year, we can be very successful.”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

We at AJ Foyt Racing would like to thank everyone for their support this past season and want to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season! We’re looking forward to a great year in 2013 – and we’ll tell you all about our plans in January!  Happy Holidays!

Conor Daly Impresses in his IndyCar Debut

SEBRING, FL Dec. 13, 2012—Conor Daly took to the track in A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Indy car for the first time at Sebring International Raceway to test for the racing legend and prove to himself that Indycar racing could be in his promising future.

“I thought it would be very different,” Daly said after stepping out of the car. “I thought it would take most of the morning to start getting into a competitive range but honestly we were quite competitive here early so that was pretty cool for me to do. One time I was catching Helio [Castroneves] and I was thinking ‘What is this?’ These were guys I looked up to for years so it was really, really cool.”

Daly ran 111 laps, and an unofficial .45 seconds off the quickest time set by Will Power; Daly was faster than several of the 15 drivers who were testing on Friday. But the test wasn’t about speed as much as giving a young race driver an opportunity of a lifetime just two days before his 21st birthday.

Conor Daly To Test for AJ Foyt Racing at Sebring

WALLER, TX Dec 4, 2012—Happy Birthday Kid!

Conor Daly will test the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda IndyCar at Sebring International Raceway December 13th -- just two days before his 21st birthday. Daly, who will be testing an Indy car for the first time, is the son of Derek Daly, a former Formula One and CART IndyCar driver.

“Conor Daly is one of the exciting up-and-coming drivers in open wheel racing today,” said Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing. “I had spoken to Conor at the F-1 race in Austin and I was impressed.  I thought this test was a perfect opportunity to see how he works with our team. Depending on how it goes, we may be able to do something with him in the future.”

"I am honored to have the opportunity to drive an Indycar for the first time with AJ Foyt Racing,” Daly said. “I've grown up at the Indy 500 and have always dreamed of getting in an Indycar someday. I will do the best job I can to get to know the team and complete all the things they've got planned for the test. I can't thank Larry enough for organizing this and taking an interest in my future."

Young Daly, a Hoosier, has spent the last two seasons competing in GP3, the European-based single-seater series which is a forerunner to Formula One. Daly is viewed as a rising star in motorsports, having won in every series he has competed including GP3, Firestone Indy Lights, Star Mazda and Skip Barber. He won national titles in the Mazda and Barber series.

The test is the final one of the year for IndyCar teams. INDYCAR has suspended testing for all teams from from Dec. 14 through Jan. 4.