Looking forward to first start with BAM Racing
Larry Foyt and the #59 BAM Racing Dodge team head to the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway located in Hampton, Ga., for Sundayís Atlanta 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race.
Foyt joins BAM Racing with an extensive background in both stock car and open wheel racing. Part of the lineage of the legendary A.J. Foyt, Larry Foyt raced in the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup season for A.J. Foyt Racing, as well as in this yearís Indianapolis 500. He has a variety of racing experience from USAC, ASA, NASCAR Busch, and Nextel Cup series.
The team is owned by Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau, investors from Coral Gables, Fla. Ms. Morgenthau, whose initials make up the name of the team Ė BAM Racing Ė is the only female car owner in motorsports to become involved without prior family connections. General manager Eddie Jones is a veteran of the NASCAR Nextel Cup wars, enjoying a championship career as a crew chief, mechanic and team leader. Business manager Gus Larkin is a successful veteran motorsports marketer, and leads the corporate sponsorship activities.
The thoughts of BAM Racing Dodge driver Larry Foyt heading into Atlanta:
ďEvery year about this time you start seeing a lot of new faces in new places. Iíve been getting a lot of questions about my situation with BAM Racing. I havenít been on the Nextel Cup circuit much this year, and Iíve been talking with the Morgenthaus for quite some time. Weíve built a good relationship and, hopefully, together we can work something out for 2005. This is just the right opportunity for both of us at the time.
ďThe only thing I wish we could have done differently is have a little more time to gel and maybe do some testing together. They have a great operation but itís taking me a while to learn everybody at BAM Racing and for us to get used to working together. Never underestimate continuity in a race team, and thatís something that canít be rushed. I think maybe thatís why you see new faces at the end of each year. Itís kind of to give everyone a head start for next year. Weíre working on sponsorship for 2005 and hopefully weíll get something going, because Iíd love to be with BAM Racing next year.
ďI donít have much experience at Atlanta. Iíve run one Cup race, two Busch races and a Formula Ford 2000 race in 1999. That Formula Ford race was a wild one, especially for me. We were racing three-wide coming through the tri-oval when all heck broke loose. I was running the low groove when the two cars above me came down and one clipped my right rear. Around I went, got airborne, did a complete flip, landed on all four wheels and slammed into the wall. It looked pretty cool on the replay but I think thatís the last time Formula Ford 2000 ever raced on a big tri-oval.
ďTo think about how far BAM Racing has come in such a relatively short period of time; just last season was their first full-time season in Cup and at Homestead here in a few weeks theyíre going to field three cars with myself, Klaus (Graf), and of course, Schrader. I canít say enough about how much it means to me having Kenny as a teammate. Iíve known Kenny since I was a kid; grew up watching him race. He and A.J. have always been close. The deal with Schrader is sometimes you might go to him for advice and instead you get a jokeÖ or at least thatís what you think until you finally realize his joke was actually pretty good advice.
ďIím just really excited about this opportunity. Itís up to me to be sure I make the most of it each time out with this group. Weíre going to throw everything we have at it this weekend. Obviously, without benefit of an advantageous provisional situation, our primary objective is to get into the race; get a good qualifying lap and place solidly in the field for Sundayís race. After we accomplish that, weíll go from there. Our whole team, not just me but BAM Racing, would greatly benefit for an entire race weekend together and thatís what weíll be shooting for this weekend in Atlanta.Ē