Legendary Racing Family Is En Route to Legendary Status in Wine!

SONOMA, Calif. January 21, 2014—The Foyt family is known for their legendary status in motorsports. Now they are serving notice to the wine industry!

The Foyt Family Wines 2010 No. 77 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon won the Double Gold Medal in the prestigious 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC). It is the second straight year that the eponymous wine won a Double Gold in the “Cabernet Sauvignon $60.00 & Over” category in the world’s largest competition of American wines.

“We were truly honored to win back-to-back Double Golds with our 2009 and 2010 vintages of the No. 77 -- and just a bit surprised -- when the 2014 results were released,” said Larry Foyt, the son of legendary race driver A.J. Foyt.  “We named the No. 77 after my dad’s landmark year when he became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times in 1977,” said Foyt.

“That career-defining moment garnered him unprecedented international exposure as he was lauded as the world’s best Indy car driver.  For our wine to take Double Gold medals two years in a row makes us feel that we’re following the same path as my dad but in the world of ultra-premium cabernet sauvignon wines,” said Foyt, who started the wine company five years ago with A.J. Foyt IV, grandson of the motorsports icon.

With over 5,800 entries in this year’s world renowned SFCWC, winning the Double Gold medal is a feat in itself. To win it for the second consecutive year is remarkable for the relatively young wine company as many of its competitors have been making wine for decades.

Testing Report: Sebring Int’l Raceway

SEBRING, Fla. Jan. 17, 2014—One day after team owner A.J. Foyt celebrated his 79th birthday, Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply team were at the track testing the Honda Twin-turbo engine in the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara at Sebring International Raceway.

Driver and team came away from the one-day test satisfied with the progress they had made in checking off a laundry list of test items.

“Our first 2014 season test went really well,” said Sato, who flew in from Japan the day before. “It was chilly but nice and sunny weather with a very calm wind, which means the track conditions were consistent and that gave us a great opportunity to evaluate many things.  We went through a number of the test items and I am very happy to see our progress. We also put a good amount of mileage on the Honda’s new twin-turbo engine which made another good step. So it was a very productive day.”

Team Director Larry Foyt was pleased with the test at which a total of 11 cars representing six different teams were present.

“It was a solid test for the ABC Supply team and a good way to start 2014,” said Foyt. “Our goal was less about all out speed and more about consistency and getting through a list of test items. We found some things that gave Takuma confidence with the car, so I'd say we accomplished the goal of this early test. From the times I was grabbing off my stopwatch, we were in line with all the other cars there, and there were many strong teams present. This definitely helps our confidence going into the next test at Sonoma.”

Sato will be in the States again Feb. 5th for an ABC Supply trade show appearance in Las Vegas. The following week, the team is planning to test at Sonoma Raceway.

The IndyCar Series launches their season Sunday, March 30 in the Streets of St. Petersburg. The race will be broadcast live by ABC-TV starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM AJ FOYT RACING!

We at AJ Foyt Racing extend our best wishes to our family, friends and fans for a safe and happy holiday season! We're really looking forward to being back at the race track in 2014!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY A.J.!

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest drivers ever! Your amazing records will never be equaled. We have enjoyed seeing your daring exploits (some of us have to catch them on YouTube), hearing your colorful stories and having you a part of our lives. Happy Birthday to a true American Classic!

 


 


Takuma Sato and A.J. Foyt: A Winning Combination

WALLER, Texas December 17, 2013—Opposites attract. Takuma Sato will continue as driver of A.J. Foyt’s No. 14 ABC Supply Honda for the 2014 IndyCar Series.

In 2013, the compact Japanese pilot with a huge amount of talent brought the burly Texan owner his first victory since 2002 with an impressive performance in the Long Beach Grand Prix. Winning the pole at the Houston Grand Prix, Sato notched the team’s first pole position since 1998 when Billy Boat won the Indianapolis 500 pole.

"It is great news that I will continue to drive with ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Racing next year,” said Sato, who will be testing for the team in Sebring, Fla. on December 18th. “We had some great results in our first year. I know what the team is capable of and what I am capable of in the coming season.”

With veteran chief engineer Don Halliday and performance engineer Raul Prados on board for their third straight year, the ABC Supply Racing team is poised for their most competitive season yet.

“Working with A.J., Larry, Don and all the boys (and, of course, ladies!) is just fantastic,” Sato continued. “This team is really special for me. I always felt that the team was behind me and it gave me the confidence to go for the win in races. I’m very excited to continue to build this great relationship. We know what we need to focus on next year. We are anxious to test the new Honda engine--from what I hear, the engine will put us in a great position to be up front more often in 2014. I am convinced that we can be a contender in the Championship."

The international combo of Japan’s Sato, New Zealand’s Halliday (now an American citizen), and Spain’s Prados appears to work for America’s ‘Super Tex.’

“Having everyone back next year is a big plus for our team,” said Foyt. “We came out strong but then had some problems midway through the season. We are making changes so we will get stronger as the season goes on, which I believe is the key to being one of the contenders in the title race.”

“I am thrilled to have Takuma driving for us again,” Team Director Larry Foyt said. “Taku, our engineers and mechanics all gelled quickly last year, and getting to victory lane together was something we are all very proud of. We are focused on building on the positives from last season and working towards more victories and a higher standing in the championship. I know with Taku’s talent and our race team personnel, these are realistic goals.”

In other news, the 78-year-old Foyt underwent successful knee-replacement surgery on his right knee December 12th. Foyt spent just one night in the hospital and is doing exceptionally well in his recovery. Foyt had his left hip replaced in July and had his left knee replaced in 2006.

The 2014 IndyCar season starts the weekend of March 28-30 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg kicking off the 18-race schedule.