Indy 500 Practice Report: May 19

INDIANAPOLIS May, 19, 2016- Alex Tagliani, in the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda, led the way for AJ Foyt Racing in the fourth day of free practice for the 100th Indianapolis 500. Tagliani posted a speed of 226.272 mph, with the assist of a tow, good for 13th position on the speed charts. Tagliani ran a total of 44 laps in today’s session. After posting a 224.830 mph speed in yesterday’s practice and being two miles per hour faster today, Tagliani is happy with the progress of the team.

“Again, we made some progress today,” the Canadian veteran said. “Changes that we made continue to improve the car quite a bit. In traffic, the car seemed to be racier. We did an evaluation of the car at various points on our own, with heavy fuel tanks, running with massive packs of cars in front of us, then less. I think we’re in the ballpark; the car has really good potential. There are a few things I’d really like to see from the car for race conditions. It’s the best day we've had so far even though we didn’t run many laps. I’m really happy the guys kept working at it, and avoided some issues and missteps we had this morning. Everybody kept their head down to salvage a good day.”

Takuma Sato posted a speed with tow assistance of 225.044 mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda, which put him 26th on the speed charts. Sato was slightly faster in yesterday’s session, but understands the need to be patient and to learn from all three team cars during the week.

“We had to be patient but I think I was relieved in the end,” Sato said. “We were able to learn – all three cars were trying different philosophies, and it was a good day in that each car was headed in its own direction. Now we need to gather all the data together and settle on one direction. It was a productive day; it was short on track time –spent a lot of time in the garage--but it was productive.”

Jack Hawksworth, in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, saw a big improvement from where he was yesterday. Hawksworth posted a 224.729 mph tow-assisted speed today, which put him 28th on the speed charts. Yesterday, Hawksworth posted a 217.789 mph speed with a failing engine. Today, the 41 car received a new engine, and that seemed to provide progress for the team as well as some great changes to the car towards the end of the day.

“We went out this morning in the No. 41 ABC Supply car and it was our first time running in the new engine, the Brit said. “We worked on the car. Worked on getting the balance right for race traffic. By the end of the day, found a pretty decent set up to run in. Now we need to plan for tomorrow. Obviously tomorrow is qualifying prep for Saturday. We will put this map [race trim] in our pocket and we will work on it Monday.”

Gabby Chaves posted the fastest tow-assisted speed of 227.961 mph in today’s practice. Will Power posted the fastest non-tow speed of 225.381 mph. Tomorrow’s practice session is the last before qualifying for the 100th Indianapolis 500 begins on Saturday at 11:50am EST. The 100th Indianapolis 500 will be run May 29 on ABC at 12pm EST.

Ray's Trash Service Signs on as Associate Sponsor of No. 35 A.J. Foyt Tribute Car

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2016) – Standing the test of time. It took over 50 years, but two family-operated businesses will be working together in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Ray’s Trash Service will be joining AJ Foyt Racing as an associate sponsor on the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda driven by Alex Tagliani in the epic event.

The No. 35 car is carrying a black and orange livery to pay homage to Foyt’s legendary driving career at the Brickyard where he qualified and started in 35 races…27 of which were in either orange or black cars.

Ray’s Trash Service has been serving the Indianapolis community since 1965, the same year that A.J. Foyt started his IndyCar team. Ironically, they chose the same unique color for their vehicles –orange or as Foyt says, “Poppy Red.”

"Ray's Trash Service is proud to sponsor Alex Tagliani and the number 35 car,” said Nevada Matthews, vice-president of Ray’s Trash Services Inc. “Thanks to AJ Foyt Racing for allowing us to celebrate this historical 100th running of the Indy 500 while Ray's celebrates over 50 years in business.  We are honored to be participating in such a legendary Indianapolis event with such a legendary IndyCar driver like A.J."

“We appreciate the support of Ray’s Trash Services Inc. and the opportunity to introduce them to the world’s fastest race as part of our team. We’ll do our best to make it a memorable experience for them,” said Team President Larry Foyt.

The associate sponsorship will mark the company’s first foray into motorsports as a team sponsor but not their first association with the Foyts. The Foyt Wine Vault on Main Street in Speedway utilizes their services and has since construction began on the Vault over two years ago.

The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast live Sunday, May 29th by ABC-TV with the pre-race show starting at 11 a.m. ET.

About Ray’s Trash Services Inc. Ray's Trash Service is a family-operated business that has been serving the Indianapolis community with a wide variety of waste services since 1965. They provide waste removal and recycling at residential, commercial, industrial, and construction properties. They also offer document destruction, disaster cleanup, land clearing, and demolition.

Alfe Heat Treating Set To Unveil No. 35 “Tribute to A.J. Foyt” IndyCar

WALLER, Texas April 28, 2016—You’ve seen the pictures but on Tuesday, May 10th, Alfe Heat Treating will host a private unveiling of its No. 35 “Tribute to A.J. Foyt”   IndyCar for the media at the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Ind.

Honoree A.J. Foyt and his No. 35 driver Alex Tagliani, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 pole winner, will be joined by Kurt Westman, founder and CEO of Alfe Heat Treating, Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. plus Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth, drivers of the ABC Supply Hondas, of which Alfe Heat Treating is an associate sponsor.

Race fans can enter a contest on Facebook to win a Ticket for Two to the “35 Unveiling” on May 10th plus two tickets to the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy on May 14th so they can see the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda in action in the fifth event of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“We want to honor the fans of IndyCar and A.J. Foyt by inviting them to partake in a special event with us and share in the excitement surrounding the 100th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” said Ryan Westman, regional sales manager and director of motorsports for Alfe Heat Treating.

The May 3rd contest will be hourly with one winner per hour starting at 12 noon ET on the Alfe Racing Facebook page. Question 2 will be posted on the AJ Foyt Racing fan page at 1 pm ET. The sites will alternate hourly with one question per hour through 4 p.m. for a total of five winners.

The first person to answer correctly will win a Ticket for Two to the “35 Unveiling” as long as they meet the following criteria: Winners are 21 or older (if younger, must be accompanied by an adult) and are able to attend the May 10 event in Speedway.

In addition to receiving the Grand Prix race tickets, the five winners will be able to meet and have their picture taken with Tagliani, Sato and Hawksworth. The winners (over 21) will be able to enjoy gourmet appetizers and award-winning Foyt Wine.

Tagliani will drive the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda in both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500. The number 35 was chosen to honor Foyt’s record 35 straight starts in the Indianapolis 500—from 1958 through 1992. The car’s livery will evoke memories of the black No. 14 Indy cars that he drove in the latter part of his legendary career.  As Kurt Westman noted, “We chose the number 35 because it is the number of consecutive starts A.J. had at the Brickyard as well as being A.J.'s birth year, a lucky number!”

The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be broadcast live by ABC-TV on May 14 starting at 3:30 pm ET. The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be broadcast live May 29th on ABC-TV starting with the pre-race show at 11 am ET followed by the race broadcast.

 

About Alfe Heat Treating, Inc.

Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Alfe Heat Treating, Inc. is the largest commercial aluminum heat treating operation in the United States. The company operates plants throughout the Midwest serving aerospace, automotive, military, and commercial customers with both ferrous and non-ferrous facilities.

About Alex Tagliani

Tagliani, 43, is a native of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He lives outside the city with his wife Bronte and their young daughter Eva Rose who was born last Spring. Tagliani began his career in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2000 and has raced an IndyCar in at least one race every year since. He has also competed in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, Pinty’s Series (Canadian stock cars), Rolex Grand Am Series and in the V8 Supercar Series.

 

 

Alfe Racing Facebook Contest!

Starting Tuesday, May 3rd at 12 noon ET the Alfe Racing Facebook contest starts! Go to the Alfe Racing page to see Question 1. Question 2 will be posted on the AJ Foyt Racing fan page at 1 p.m. ET.

The sites will alternate hourly with one question per hour through 4 p.m. for a total of five winners.

The first person to answer correctly will win a Ticket for Two (winner and their guest) to the “35 Unveiling” as long as they meet the following criteria: Winners are 21 or older (if younger, must be accompanied by an adult) and are able to attend the May 10 event in Speedway.

In addition to receiving the Grand Prix race tickets, the five winners will be able to meet and have their picture taken with Tagliani, Sato and Hawksworth. The winners (over 21) will be able to enjoy gourmet appetizers and award-winning Foyt Wine.

Vote for A.J. Today through 12 noon ET, Thursday, April 21

Who is the best driver in Indianapolis 500 Mile Race history? Fans now have the opportunity to vote for theirs in the “Champions of the 500” bracket challenge.

Sixteen of the greatest Indianapolis 500 winners – legendary names ranging from Shaw to Montoya, Vukovich to Franchitti – have been selected to square off in a digital voting platform that begins at noon ET today and runs through May 23, leading to the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29.

Fans can vote for their #Champsofthe500 every hour during the contest by visiting ims.com/champsofthe500, and are encouraged to tout their votes by using the hashtag #Champsofthe500 in Facebook and Twitter posts. The voting contest runs in conjunction with Legends Day Honoring Champions of the 500 presented by Firestone at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28.

The Round of 16 features a pair of bracket showdowns running three days each and concluding April 30. The eight winners by popular vote advance to the quarterfinal round, with the semifinals and championship round to follow.

The opening bracket matchups feature four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt going against two-time winner and reigning champion Juan Pablo Montoya, and back-to-back winner Bill Vukovich paired against three-time victor Wilbur Shaw. Voting for these bracket pairings is underway now through noon ET April 21.

The next first-round showdowns running April 21-24 feature all three-time Indianapolis 500 winners. Helio Castroneves goes against Louis Meyer and Mauri Rose takes on Bobby Unser.

The challenge from April 24-27 sees four-time winner Al Unser against his friend and 1963 winner Parnelli Jones. Also, two-time winner Al Unser Jr. goes up against three-time champion Johnny Rutherford.

The final two first-round matchups April 27-30 find four-time winner Rick Mears taking on two-time champ and fan favorite Dan Wheldon, as well as 1969 winner Mario Andretti going head-to-head with three-time victor Dario Franchitti.

The voting period for each matchup begins at noon ET on the designated start day and ends at noon ET on the designated end day. Again, votes may be cast each hour.

Show your pride and vote for your #Champsofthe500.

#Champsofthe500 First-Round Pairings:

April 18-21: A.J. Foyt vs. Juan Pablo Montoya; Bill Vukovich vs. Wilbur Shaw

April 21-24: Helio Castroneves vs. Louis Meyer; Mauri Rose vs. Bobby Unser

April 24-27: Al Unser vs. Parnelli Jones; Al Unser Jr. vs. Johnny Rutherford

April 27-30: Rick Mears vs. Dan Wheldon; Mario Andretti vs. Dario Franchitti

Note: Voting begins and ends at noon ET on the designated days; driver receiving the most votes in each pairing advances to the quarterfinal round to follow. Vote at ims.com/champsofthe500.