Larry Foyt Preps for Brickyard 400
Larry Foyt tested the new A.J. Foyt Racing No. 14 Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week in preparation for the Brickyard 400.
The two day test was run under hot sunny conditions at the 2.5 mile super speedway. Foyt only ran a total of 15 laps the first day as the crew worked through several teething problems with the new car.
“It hurt us to lose that first day,” said team owner A.J. Foyt. “It was a combination of three little problems with the steering box and it threw us off. We finally figured it out and it wasn’t a problem the rest of the test.”
On the second day, the team made some gains in the morning session only to lose it in the afternoon session.
“We lost the first day with the steering problems and that put us way behind,” said Larry Foyt. “This morning we were making good progress and then we made some changes and lost ground. Something’s way wrong in the race car because none of the changes that we made this afternoon help it at all. We have to get it back in the shop and figure out what’s wrong.”
Foyt’s best lap was 52.12 seconds or 172.6 mph.
Previously Foyt had run a Dodge; the team switched to Chevrolet after the Texas race where he finished 30th. Foyt is running a very limited schedule this season as the team searches for sponsorship.
The Brickyard 400 is scheduled to run Sunday, August 8th
Elsewhere in the paddock, Larry Foyt, who had a full month of May in Indianapolis practicing, qualifying and racing in the 88th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race had a tough first morning of testing. Apparently, there was a problem with the steering box on his car. "I've been fighting the steering wheel all morning," he confessed.
The Foyt team was still busy swapping out steering boxes on the #14 Chevy when practice resumed after a one-hour lunch break.
Source: Anne Proffit, Motorsport.com [Excerpt]
AUDIO: Larry soundbyte from Brickyard400.com
Photos by Jim Haines/IRL, from Brickyard400.com