By A.J. Foyt
We started off the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio IndyCar weekend announcing that Chase Austin will be driving an entry for us in next year’s Indianapolis 500. It’s notable for two reasons: one, I never plan that far ahead when it comes to Indy, and two, Chase will be only the third black driver to run in the Indy 500.
I met Chase and his agent Chris Miles through American Honda which has been a supporter of the motorsports diversity initiative that brought Chase to INDYCAR’s Firestone Indy Lights last year. Chase is a real nice kid—he’s only 22—and he’s driven quite a few different types of cars, including one of my favorites, sprint cars. Our plan is to do some testing with him over the winter before he goes to Indy, but right now our focus is this year’s IndyCar season.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a track where our ABC Supply Racing team usually comes away with a good result. Going into the weekend, I thought we were going to have another strong finish because Mike Conway was one of the quickest in the 24-car test session the week before the race.
Well, he started 16th and finished 21st so what went wrong?