[AJ Foyt Racing Press Release]
AJ Foyt Racing will use Chevrolets to power its ABC Supply Racing team in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series.
“I am looking forward to what will be a new chapter for us that involves returning to an old friend in Chevrolet,” said Team President Larry Foyt. “There are a lot of changes happening within our team this off season and I won’t minimize the challenges, but I see a lot of potential with our plan.”
“We are pleased to welcome AJ Foyt Racing to the Chevrolet IndyCar program,” stated Mark Kent, Director Chevrolet Motorsports Competition. “Chevrolet and Foyt both have long histories in IndyCar racing, including prior opportunities to work together. We look forward to renewing the partnership and a strong start to the 2017 season.”
Carlos Munoz will drive the team’s flagship No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet while Conor Daly will pilot the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet. Both drivers recently celebrated their 25th birthdays and are younger than most of the full-time drivers this season. The team expects to conduct its first test in the ABC Supply Chevrolets at Sebring International Raceway later this month.
The last time that A.J. Foyt drove a Chevrolet-powered car at the Speedway was the Chevrolet Camaro he used to pace the field for the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 in 2011.
The last time the team used Chevrolet engines was in the latter part of 2005 when A.J. Foyt IV piloted the No. 14 ABC Supply IndyCar.
The senior Foyt has competed in Chevrolet-powered cars throughout his illustrious career whether it was in NASCAR, sports cars, sprint cars or Indy cars. In his final IndyCar race as a driver—the 1992 Indianapolis 500—he drove the Chevy-powered No. 14 to a ninth place finish at age 57. In his eighth front row start, he qualified second at Indy in 1991 in his Chevy-powered car. That Indy 500 Diamond Jubilee Front Row included pole winner Rick Mears and Foyt’s longtime rival Mario Andretti.
“I’m glad to be back with Chevy,” said A.J. Foyt, team owner and first four-time winner of the Indy 500. “I’ve had a lot of success with them in the past and I’m looking forward to more success in the future.”
The season kicks off with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend March 10-12.