ABC Supply Extends Its Contract to Sponsor AJ Foyt Racing Through 2015

WALLER, Texas February 26, 2013—The second-longest running sponsorship in the IZOD IndyCar Series is about to run even longer! AJ Foyt Racing and ABC Supply Co. Inc. have extended their contract through the 2015 season. The extension will make 11 straight seasons of ABC Supply’s support for motorsports legend A.J. Foyt’s IndyCar racing team.

“We have had such great success with our sponsorship program so far it wasn’t a tough decision to keep it going,” said David Luck, president and chief executive officer of the company. “One of the core values of our company is to work hard and have fun, and sponsoring A.J.’s team and being a part of the Indycar Series has allowed us to entertain a large number of customers and associates across the country giving us an exciting  opportunity to do just that.”

“Being with A.J.’s team gives our guests an up close and personal experience that can’t be duplicated and we are really looking forward to seeing Takuma Sato behind the wheel of the ABC Supply car this year. Takuma joined us on our recent customer cruise and he was great with our guests. It’s going to be an exciting and fun year!” Luck concluded.

The Beloit, Wisconsin-based company has been an active supporter of the team and of the IndyCar Series since 2005. They have entertained over 40,000 guests at IndyCar races in the U.S. during the past eight years.

Testing Report: Sebring International Raceway

SEBRING, FL Feb 19, 2013—Takuma Sato got off to a good start in the no. 14 ABC Supply Honda as he was quickest among the 13 drivers who were testing at Sebring International Raceway today. The private test was Sato’s first time in A.J. Foyt’s car and his first time back in an Indy car since the final race of the season last September.

"It was nice to get back in the car after the winter break--it felt really good,” Sato said. “The team started with a setup they knew, and I needed to feel the difference from what I've experienced--which I did feel some differences. Then we moved on to the testing program and various setup changes. They weren't always positive but we learned from the negative changes too. It was a very solid morning. In the afternoon we were constantly learning. We did lots of miles today so the car was very reliable and we were able to get through most of our program.

“I'm happy that we did some good lap times at the end of the day but it is only testing,” Sato said. “Still it's encouraging and a nice boost for the ABC Supply team. Everyone worked well together so it was a good day."

Sato turned in a quick lap of 51.947 seconds to edge out fellow Honda-powered driver Scott Dixon, who clocked in at 52.017 seconds. Will Power was the quickest Chevy-powered driver (52.153) while Dario Franchitti’s Honda turned a 52.322 lap. Justin Wilson was fifth quickest (52.327) to give Honda four of the top five spots.

AJ Foyt Racing Welcomes Back Associate Sponsors;
Alfe Heat Treating, Greer and Housby Return for 2013

WALLER, TX February 14, 2013—AJ Foyt Racing enters the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series with renewed support from three of its staunchest associate sponsors: Alfe Heat Treating, Greer Enterprises and Housby Trucking.

Alfe enters its third year of involvement with the Foyt team and plans to leverage the association to an even greater degree this season.

“We found there’s a lot of excitement within our sales and marketing department about the opportunities to improve exposure to customers,” said Kurt Westman, President of the heat treating services company with headquarters in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Busy Start for Takuma Sato and AJ Foyt Racing Team Principals in 2013

WALLER, TX January 31, 2013 – Race driver Takuma Sato had not yet sat in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda that he was hired to drive in this year’s IZOD IndyCar Series when he went on a Caribbean cruise with AJ Foyt Racing’s sponsor ABC Supply this month. Team owner A.J. Foyt did not go on the cruise but his son Larry, Team Director of AJ Foyt Racing, did.

The Holland America cruise ship took Sato and young Foyt on a seven-day trip through the Western Caribbean after first stopping in the Bahamas where they rode horses in the sea.  When the ship stopped in Jamaica the next day, Foyt rode ATVs with company executives and Sato chose to ride a zip-line! Visiting Grand Cayman Island the following day, Foyt and Sato went jet-skiing and snorkeling with the Blue Water Beach Parasailing Company.

While the ship was at sea, Sato signed autographs for the customers who could also see the ABC Supply Indy show car aboard the ship which was chartered by the Beloit, Wisconsin-based company.

During the evening hours, the two men joined in the various cocktail parties and dinners that were held aboard the ship which carried over 2000 passengers serviced by a crew of 950 people.

Takuma Sato Signs with AJ Foyt Racing

WALLER, TX January 10, 2013—It’s official! Ending several months of speculation about their plans for 2013, AJ Foyt Racing has signed Takuma Sato to drive the ABC Supply No. 14 Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

“There were a lot of question marks when the season ended but I’m happy to put an end to all that now. We chose to go with Takuma Sato because he brings a lot of experience to our team but he has the hunger of a rookie--and he’s certainly proven he has the desire to win,” said A.J. Foyt.

Most of the ex-Formula One driver’s career has been spent on road courses, but he has adapted quickly to the ovals which makes him a contender no matter the circuit. His performance in last year’s Indianapolis 500 gained the attention of Foyt—and legions of new fans. Although that race ended dramatically with Sato hitting the wall, Foyt appreciated Sato’s ‘No Attack, No Chance’ attitude that triggered the daring, but unsuccessful, pass of leader Dario Franchitti on the final lap.

“I like the fact that he is competitive on both road courses and ovals and that he is a charger,” said Foyt. “I think he has learned quite a bit in the short time he’s been over here and I look forward to working with him this year.”

Sato enters his fourth year of IndyCar competition. In the past three years, he has won pole positions at Iowa and Edmonton (in 2011), claimed five top-5 finishes and 13 top-10s in a total of 49 starts. His career best finish is second which he earned at Edmonton’s airport circuit last year after starting third.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of A.J. Foyt Racing and working with ABC Supply for the 2013 season,” said Sato.  “I have seen the potential of the team last year on a number of occasions.  I think the team has one of the best engineering staffs in the paddock led by Don Halliday.  I can’t wait to start testing next month.

“While I do not know A.J. well yet, it is unbelievable what he did in his career.  A.J. has achieved so many wins in every type of car, at every type of circuit, and in every type of situation.  That experience can only help in trying to win races this year.  I think with A.J. and the team helping me this year, we can be very successful.”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

We at AJ Foyt Racing would like to thank everyone for their support this past season and want to wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season! We’re looking forward to a great year in 2013 – and we’ll tell you all about our plans in January!  Happy Holidays!

Conor Daly Impresses in his IndyCar Debut

SEBRING, FL Dec. 13, 2012—Conor Daly took to the track in A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply Indy car for the first time at Sebring International Raceway to test for the racing legend and prove to himself that Indycar racing could be in his promising future.

“I thought it would be very different,” Daly said after stepping out of the car. “I thought it would take most of the morning to start getting into a competitive range but honestly we were quite competitive here early so that was pretty cool for me to do. One time I was catching Helio [Castroneves] and I was thinking ‘What is this?’ These were guys I looked up to for years so it was really, really cool.”

Daly ran 111 laps, and an unofficial .45 seconds off the quickest time set by Will Power; Daly was faster than several of the 15 drivers who were testing on Friday. But the test wasn’t about speed as much as giving a young race driver an opportunity of a lifetime just two days before his 21st birthday.

Conor Daly To Test for AJ Foyt Racing at Sebring

WALLER, TX Dec 4, 2012—Happy Birthday Kid!

Conor Daly will test the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda IndyCar at Sebring International Raceway December 13th -- just two days before his 21st birthday. Daly, who will be testing an Indy car for the first time, is the son of Derek Daly, a former Formula One and CART IndyCar driver.

“Conor Daly is one of the exciting up-and-coming drivers in open wheel racing today,” said Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing. “I had spoken to Conor at the F-1 race in Austin and I was impressed.  I thought this test was a perfect opportunity to see how he works with our team. Depending on how it goes, we may be able to do something with him in the future.”

"I am honored to have the opportunity to drive an Indycar for the first time with AJ Foyt Racing,” Daly said. “I've grown up at the Indy 500 and have always dreamed of getting in an Indycar someday. I will do the best job I can to get to know the team and complete all the things they've got planned for the test. I can't thank Larry enough for organizing this and taking an interest in my future."

Young Daly, a Hoosier, has spent the last two seasons competing in GP3, the European-based single-seater series which is a forerunner to Formula One. Daly is viewed as a rising star in motorsports, having won in every series he has competed including GP3, Firestone Indy Lights, Star Mazda and Skip Barber. He won national titles in the Mazda and Barber series.

The test is the final one of the year for IndyCar teams. INDYCAR has suspended testing for all teams from from Dec. 14 through Jan. 4.

 

Tim Paul Signs with AJ Foyt Racing for Indy Lights in 2014; Running Both F2000 Series in 2013

Mahopac, NY – Open-wheel racing and former midget and sprint car driver Timothy Paul of Mahopac, New York, has signed an agreement to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship in 2014 for AJ Foyt Racing. Prior to the 2014 season, Paul, who has run competitively in the F2000 Championship Series, will spend 2013 competing in both F2000 and USF2000 in a CellMark Paper-sponsored entry to gain the maximum amount of seat time possible.

“2013 is going to be a turning point for me. We really need to focus this year and put our program together in a whole new way to compete where I think we should, near the front of the field,” said Paul.

The 2013 USF2000 schedule features races at Sebring with ALMS, St. Petersburg with IndyCar, the Night before the 500, Toronto and Mid-Ohio with IndyCar, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Grand-Am, and the Houston Grand Prix at Reliant Park with IndyCar.

 

AJ Foyt Racing Hosts ABC Day at the Track

AJ Foyt Racing team principals A.J. and Larry Foyt hosted guests from longtime sponsor ABC Supply at the race shop in Houston this week. The guests received a tour of the shop and watched as the team prepared cars for their upcoming test at Sebring International Raceway in mid-December.

The Foyts then hosted a dinner for everyone at one of A.J.’s favorite restaurants in his hometown of Houston. After an evening of fine food and lots of stories recounted by the legendary driver, guests headed back to their hotel with instructions for the next day’s activities—driving an ABC Supply Indy car at MSR Houston.

As a warmup, the drivers competed in a go-kart race at the motorsports park outside of Houston. Then came the real thrill as a total of nine drivers drove an Indy car on a modified portion of MSR Houston’s road course. Molina’s Cantina of Houston supplied a sumptuous Mexican feast for lunch. It is the fourth year running for the popular program which started with the company’s executives as the race team’s way to express appreciation for the company’s support since 2005.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

We at A.J. Foyt Racing extend our best wishes to everyone for a very Happy Thanksgiving. As families and friends gather to celebrate this very American holiday, it is an opportunity to give thanks for all that we have and to show kindness and generosity to those less fortunate. If you are cooking the big bird at home or traveling to someone else’s home, we hope everyone has a safe holiday! Happy Thanksgiving y’all!