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Foyt Family Wines Launches Speedway Rosè

SPEEDWAY, Ind. October 14, 2015—Ask and you shall receive.

Foyt Family Wines is responding to consumer demand with the launch of Speedway Rosè, which is available for purchase only in the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Ind. starting this month. To celebrate the introduction of this newest varietal, the Foyt Wine Vault is hosting a launch party Thursday, Oct. 22nd; it will be open to the public.

"I think it's interesting and fun on how this wine came about,” said A.J. Foyt IV, co-founder of Foyt Family Wines. “There were literally so many requests for a sweeter wine offering. Our response was our first vintage of the Foyt Rosè of Pinot Noir, produced from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Sonoma County. It’s important to us to have great customer service and this is one example of it: making a wine in the California Wine Country for our customers here in Speedway and naming it after their town."

Speedway Rosè is the first premium Foyt wine to be named after a place. However, in keeping with the tradition of using numbers to designate their wines, Foyt Family Wines officially lists this varietal’s inaugural release as No. 55 Rosè of Pinot Noir from Sonoma County. The number 55 refers to the year that A.J. Foyt viewed his first Indianapolis 500 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after years of listening to it on the radio with his father, Tony, in their Houston, Texas home.

The Vault also installed its first premium wine keg system featuring the No. 55 Speedway Rosè.  With commemorative matching bottles produced, local consumers can purchase these refillable wine bottles to take home and then bring them back for refilling. Like many craft breweries’ refillable growler programs, this new program reduces waste of glass, paper labels, and natural corks thereby making a positive impact on the environment.

A.J. spent every May in Speedway since that inaugural visit in 1955, so when the time came to open up the Foyt Wine Vault, the town’s proximity to the historic track made it an easy decision to locate there. Foyt Family Wines co-founders and Vault co-owners, Larry Foyt and A.J. Foyt IV have both competed in the Indianapolis 500 as well as INDYCAR and NASCAR. Foyt IV, an Indianapolis-area resident, handles the day-to-day operations of the Vault.

“We hope everyone comes out to help us celebrate on the 22nd,” Foyt IV said. “It will be our chance to honor this great community which has been welcoming the Foyt family since 1955!”

A.J. Foyt Undergoes Successful Knee Replacement Surgery;
Takuma Sato Enjoys Road America Test in Elkhart Lake

WALLER, TX Sept. 24, 2015— A.J. Foyt underwent surgery yesterday to implant an artificial knee in his right leg, replacing the antibiotic-infused cement spacer he received August 10th. It was the second phase of treatment for a staph infection which surfaced in his artificial knee in late July.

“My doctors said everything went perfectly, so I was relieved to hear that,” said Foyt. “My right leg was clear of the infection so the doctors were able to give me a new knee. They were really pleased with how everything went.” It is the second time that Foyt has been hospitalized with a staph infection, the first time occurred in January, 2012 in his left artificial knee. Foyt is expected to remain in the Houston hospital for several days.

While Foyt was awaiting his surgery, his race team was in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Tuesday as several teams tested at the beautiful 4-mile road course in the Wisconsin Dells area. Nine drivers from four other teams (Ganassi, Penske, Rahal Letterman Lanigan and CHF Racing) joined Sato in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return to the historic track. The last year an IndyCar raced there was in 2007 under the Champ Car World Series sanctioning body.

Sato, who joined IndyCar in 2010, had never seen the circuit before this week but was impressed. Following are his thoughts on the experience.

On his impression of the track (before getting on it): “I had heard about how this is everyone’s favourite track and after seeing some past footage of it, I was very impressed and excited to get on it.”

On running it in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda Indy car: “Love it! The track is such a classic style - narrow and fast – and it’s an incredible feeling. So much fun! I feel it is a great fit for a powerful Indy car, and the cornering speed was very impressive plus it is surrounded by beautiful greens and woods. Great track!”

On its similarities to other tracks he’s run: “It is nothing like other tracks in the USA I’ve run, but in Europe I think perhaps it’s like a mixture of Imola in San Marino and old Hockenheim in Germany or the Brands Hatch GP course in the UK but with less elevation change.  The characteristics these tracks share with Road America are that they are exceptionally narrow and fast and have a long straight with dense forest. Drivers and fans love these kinds of tracks.”

On the most thrilling part of the track: “Both the Carousel and the Kink are unbelievably fast and thrilling. You need a good commitment for Turn 1 too.”

On the passing opportunities: “I think there are a few. T1, T5 and T12 are the most popular I imagine.”

On possibility of side-by-side racing there: “It’s narrow but you can. You need a good trust and commitment but T5 has a good space for it.”

On the bratwurst (considered best in America): “No I haven’t eaten one yet but I have to then!”

 

Justin Wilson, 1978 - 2015

We at AJ Foyt Racing are deeply saddened to learn of Justin Wilson succumbing to his injuries. A true ambassador of racing, he was respected by his peers and admired by so many people here and abroad. Our hearts go out to his wife Julia, their two young daughters, and his brother Stefan and their parents. In memory of Justin, we are sending a donation to the fund set up for his children. We encourage you to do the same. Wilson Children's Fund, c/o INDYCAR, 4551 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222. RIP Justin.

JACK “J.D.” HOUSBY

(January 10, 1935 – September 10, 2015)

DES MOINES Sept. 10, 2015--Our good friend Jack “J.D.” Housby passed away today after a valiant battle with cancer.

Housby has been a friend of A.J. Foyt’s for over five decades but it was in the last two decades that their paths crossed more frequently and their friendship deepened. At Indianapolis, Housby often accompanied Foyt on the golf cart as the two rode out to pit lane and back. And while Foyt would duck into the garage, Housby would hold court outside of it as friends from all walks of life would stop by to chat with him. After attending 65 straight Indy 500s, he made a lot of acquaintances.

As the largest Mack Truck dealer in Iowa, Housby was a successful businessman who had a passion for racing. A fixture at the Knoxville Nationals, he owned teams in NASCAR and sponsored teams on every level, including our IndyCar team. He was a friend to the legends in IndyCar and NASCAR, and everyone seemed to know – and respect – Gentleman Jack Housby.

In lieu of a funeral (Jack disliked funerals and didn’t want one), the Housby family put together a terrific video -- a celebration of Jack's life which can be viewed here.  It is hosted by his three sons Kelly (left), Kevin (center) and Michael.

Indy will be a bit sadder for us next year—especially when we see that empty golf cart sitting outside Garage A1--but we know Jack will be riding with us in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500!

Cordyne, Inc. Signs as Associate Sponsor of ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing

WALLER, Texas June 5, 2015 — Starting with this weekend’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Cordyne, Inc. is making its entrance into the world of motorsports sponsorship by signing as an associate sponsor of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda driven by Jack Hawksworth. The agreement extends through the 2016 season.

Based in Houston, Cordyne will be using its marketing partnership to entertain its clients as well as attract new clients as it seeks to expand its electrical manufacturing and distribution business throughout Texas and beyond the Lone Star State. Driver Jack Hawksworth will augment the insider racing experience in the off season with visits to the company’s headquarters. AJ Foyt Racing will host a luncheon at its shop as Cordyne’s associates and customers receive an insider’s tour.

"We are very excited and honored to be associated with AJ Foyt Racing and Jack Hawksworth,” said Ben Devine, who owns the company in partnership with Justin Morgan. “We believe that Jack is an up and coming superstar who is driving for a race team that is on the rise. Cordyne's culture and business values are very similar to AJ Foyt Racing and compliment what Larry Foyt is doing there. Sharing similar philosophies, we look forward to a mutually successful future together."

Morgan is equally enthusiastic about aligning with the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing team and the entry into motorsports.

"Cordyne's roots and headquarters are in Texas and we are honored to be partnered with a Texas based team that has such a legendary history,” Morgan said. “We feel that with this partnership, we can promote Cordyne, Inc. by enhancing our brand with existing customers and extending it to potential customers as we expand beyond Texas. The affiliation with the Foyt team, and by extension IndyCar racing, is a great opportunity for us to help each other grow our organizations in our mutual efforts to achieve success."