Mike Conway posts quickest lap on first day of testing at Barber Motorsports Park

LEEDS, AL Feb. 21, 2012—After all the test times from Barber Motorsports Park were turned in last evening, Mike Conway posted the quickest lap of all with a top time of 1:10.7 seconds around the picturesque 2.38-mile road course outside of Birmingham.

Conway’s time was the quickest of the ten Honda-powered cars that attended the test. Reportedly, Will Power was the quickest of Team Penske’s two Chevrolet-powered cars with a lap time of 1:11.2.

“We had a really good day of testing yesterday,” said Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing. “It was a lot of long nights of hard work to get ready for this test as all the teams are trying to figure out this new car as quickly as they can. Our guys did a really good job as the ABC Supply car ran well all day. I love the communication going on right now between the driver and the engineers. Mike was really smart, pushed the car to where it needed to be but didn’t go over that fine line. We made some good changes and learned a lot about the car.”

The teams continue to test today.

A.J. Foyt, who is still recovering at home from the staph infection he contracted following surgery on his artificial knee last month, received encouraging news from his physicians this week. He is expected to return to action in time for the first race in St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 25

Alfe Heat Treating Expands Its Sponsorship with AJ Foyt Racing for 2012

WALLER, TX February 16, 2012 — Alfe Heat Treating returns in 2012 as an associate sponsor of AJ Foyt Racing and is increasing their involvement with the team. What began as a limited race sponsorship starting with last year’s Indianapolis 500, has evolved into a full season associate partnership this season.

“We’re going to be sponsoring the full season this year which is an exciting opportunity for us compared to last year where we only ran five races,” said Kurt Westman, president of Alfe Corporate Group. “The company, its customers and employees really enjoyed the opportunities they had to visit the team, see the car, and talk to the driver. I know they’re looking forward to more opportunities. We’re going to try and be at certain races for each of our plants and entertain customers and employees. Everybody at the company is looking forward to it, as am I.”

“It’s great that Alfe Heat Treating is back with our team this season,” said A.J. Foyt. “We really enjoyed our association with Alfe last year—they’re super people.”

“Our team is really looking forward to working with them throughout the season to make this sponsorship work as well for them as it will for us,” said Larry Foyt, team director of the ABC Supply Racing team.

Don Halliday Joins AJ Foyt Racing as Chief Engineer

HOUSTON January 27, 2012—Don Halliday, one of the most respected engineers in open wheel racing, has signed with AJ Foyt Racing as chief engineer of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara powered by Honda and driven by Mike Conway.

Halliday’s connection with Foyt can be traced to one of Foyt’s former drivers, Kenny Brack, who won the IndyCar championship in 1998 and followed that up by winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1999.

“Kenny and I were talking about A.J.’s situation,” Halliday explained. “Kenny and A.J. have remained in touch ever since Kenny drove for him, and Kenny is a very good friend of mine, so there was a connection,” said Halliday.

Contact was made with Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing, who has been working the phones since October interviewing several drivers and engineers as he began reshaping the team in preparation for the 2012 IZOD INDYCAR Series season.

“It’s really exciting to have Don on board with us,” said Foyt. “The chief engineer is obviously a very important piece of the puzzle when you talk about building a race team, so getting to know him and watching him interact with our group as we started to work together makes me very optimistic. I really enjoy his approach to engineering a race car and his methodology, and I think it’s going to fit in really well with our team. So far everyone has jelled very quickly and we’re all really looking forward to getting on the race track and going racing.”