Carlos Munoz has officially joined AJ Foyt Racing. The talented 24-year old driver will be behind the wheel of the iconic No. 14 car next season. The deal, which had been rumored for weeks, is now official.
Entering his fourth full-season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Munoz believes he is ready to lead. The Colombian driver has raced for Andretti Autosport in 52 of his 53 career IndyCar races, with some very impressive moments. He also spent both seasons in Indy Lights driving for Andretti, where he won 6 races, 6 poles, and had 10 podium finishes. He has seven IndyCar podium finishes to his name, including the win at Belle Isle in 2015.
Today’s announcement was one of many for the Foyt team. They also confirmed that Conor Daly will drive the No. 4 car alongside Munoz, which will be based out of their shop in Speedway, Indiana. The team also announced that longtime sponsor ABC Supply has renewed their contract with the team for two more years.
“I am really excited about this new chapter in my professional career,” Munoz said. “I’m looking forward to driving the No. 14 car, which has so much history, and working with Larry and his dad A.J., who is a legend in auto racing. One of my main goals is to be an Indy 500 champion and I know they want to win another one so hopefully we can do it together. It is a whole new package for AJ Foyt Racing in 2017 plus the team is adding some new personnel, and we will be pushing hard to be competitive every time out. I can’t wait to get started.”
Outside of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Andretti Autosport struggled all of last season, and Munoz was no exception. Still, he managed two podium finishes, a pole, and finished higher in the final standings (10th) than all three of his teammates. Now without his funding available to the team, it was time for change.
Carlos is not only changing teams, but he will also transition from Honda to Chevrolet. Foyt’s team will have the preferred aero kit on the road/street course events, but how will it affect Munoz at Indianapolis?
After a mediocre outing in 2015, Munoz got back to his usual top-tier performance in the Month of May at Indianapolis. As a Rookie in 2013, he started and finished 2nd. He finished 4th in 2014, and had another runner-up finish in the 100th Running of the race this past May. He is obviously fast, and knows his way around the Speedway.
Munoz said he believes the switch to Chevy will be easy for him. “I think a different aero kit is something you can adapt to quite quick,” he said. It is part of a massive reorganization taking place at Foyt.
Though his English isn’t perfect, Munoz’s appreciation for the history and the Month of May are often overlooked. He has done his homework, and appears to be ready for this new opportunity. For the first time in a long time, Foyt’s team looks primed for a solid campaign in 2017. Munoz and Daly could be the dynamic duo that AJ has been looking for.