Foyt Racing announces changes for No. 14 teamn
by Jim Utter, That's Racin'
14 January 2003
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A.J. Foyt Racing has ended its engine program and will utilize engines from Evernham Motorsports this season.
Team owner A.J. Foyt said Tuesday the alliance with Evernham is one part of a vast reorganization of his Winston Cup program, which includes a change from Pontiac to Dodge and the addition of his son, Larry Foyt, as the driver of the team's No. 14 Dodges.
"I needed to make some changes within my team because I wasn't satisfied with the overall performance," A.J. Foyt said. "We had some good races but we never found the consistency we needed to stay in the top positions.
"I believe the changes I've made will lead to much better performances and a much needed consistency throughout the season."
Larry Foyt spent the past two seasons in the Grand National series, where he struggled.
In his rookie season, Foyt posted five top-20 finishes. Last year, Foyt had two top-10s and nine top-20 finishes.
"At times I had some doubts about keeping my head above water," Larry Foyt said. "But I got through it and I'm stronger and smarter for it, as a driver and a businessman."
Among the other changes, Mike Chase, a former driver and most recently a shock specialist in the Grand National series, has been hired as the team manager.
Craig "Butch" Lamoreux, a former chassis specialist with Evernham Motorsports, has joined the organization and may take over the role of crew chief before the season starts.
Former crew chief, Mike Hillman, left the team on Monday.