Mike Conway Is Third Fastest Among Honda Drivers; Eighth Overall

SEBRING, FL March 9, 2012—Mike Conway wrapped up his second day of testing in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda/Dallara at Sebring International Raceway Friday.

“We struggled all day to find speed,” Conway said. “We need to go quicker because 4 tenths is massive around here. We learned some things but we have more work to do. We just have to keep working at it.”

Conway’s disappointment in Friday’s sessions is indicative of his competitive fire. Despite being four-tenths of a second off Scott Dixon’s time of 51.79 seconds (the only sub-51 second time), Conway was fourth in the afternoon session. His 52.2243 was one ten-thousandth of a second behind Chevrolet's Rubens Barrichello’s 52.2242 seconds, and 2 tenths behind Dario Franchitti’s 52.0157 clocking.

The team lost much time in the quicker morning session dealing with several new car/new engine issues, however the issues were resolved. Additionally, they explored a different setup from Thursday but it did not produce the quicker times they were expecting. However, that segment of testing also helped them rule out certain approaches.

Mike Conway and ABC Supply Team Enjoy Productive Day of Testing at Sebring

SEBRING, FL March 8, 2012—It didn’t take long for Mike Conway to acclimate himself to the twists and turns of Sebring International Raceway. In the morning session of the IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test, he was second quickest in the Honda-powered No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara. Scott Dixon was quickest.

“Overall the day went quite well,” said Conway. “We seemed to be in the front of the timesheets most of the day but it was more about getting through the program we had ahead of us and really dialing in the car because there’s still a lot of unexplored areas for us with the car. It takes time.”

In the afternoon session, Conway posted the fourth quickest time - 52.2230 seconds for a speed of 115.122 mph around the 1.67-mile short course. The Honda-powered Target Ganassi team claimed the top two spots with Dixon clocking in at 51.9674 (115.688 mph) and Dario Franchitti at 52.1401 (115.305 mph). Driving KV Technology’s Chevrolet/Dallara, Formula One star Rubens Barrichello was just .0002 seconds quicker than Conway with a time of 52.2228 (115.122 mph).

“I’m a lot more comfortable with the way the car’s feeling and the setups we’re exploring,” Conway said. “All in all, the ABC car was pretty quick but there’s still more time in the bag. Once we explore that with another day of running, we’ll definitely be in better shape.”

Alfe Heat Treating Expands Its Sponsorship with AJ Foyt Racing for 2012

WALLER, TX February 16, 2012 — Alfe Heat Treating returns in 2012 as an associate sponsor of AJ Foyt Racing and is increasing their involvement with the team. What began as a limited race sponsorship starting with last year’s Indianapolis 500, has evolved into a full season associate partnership this season.

“We’re going to be sponsoring the full season this year which is an exciting opportunity for us compared to last year where we only ran five races,” said Kurt Westman, president of Alfe Corporate Group. “The company, its customers and employees really enjoyed the opportunities they had to visit the team, see the car, and talk to the driver. I know they’re looking forward to more opportunities. We’re going to try and be at certain races for each of our plants and entertain customers and employees. Everybody at the company is looking forward to it, as am I.”

“It’s great that Alfe Heat Treating is back with our team this season,” said A.J. Foyt. “We really enjoyed our association with Alfe last year—they’re super people.”

“Our team is really looking forward to working with them throughout the season to make this sponsorship work as well for them as it will for us,” said Larry Foyt, team director of the ABC Supply Racing team.

Mike Conway posts quickest lap on first day of testing at Barber Motorsports Park

LEEDS, AL Feb. 21, 2012—After all the test times from Barber Motorsports Park were turned in last evening, Mike Conway posted the quickest lap of all with a top time of 1:10.7 seconds around the picturesque 2.38-mile road course outside of Birmingham.

Conway’s time was the quickest of the ten Honda-powered cars that attended the test. Reportedly, Will Power was the quickest of Team Penske’s two Chevrolet-powered cars with a lap time of 1:11.2.

“We had a really good day of testing yesterday,” said Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing. “It was a lot of long nights of hard work to get ready for this test as all the teams are trying to figure out this new car as quickly as they can. Our guys did a really good job as the ABC Supply car ran well all day. I love the communication going on right now between the driver and the engineers. Mike was really smart, pushed the car to where it needed to be but didn’t go over that fine line. We made some good changes and learned a lot about the car.”

The teams continue to test today.

A.J. Foyt, who is still recovering at home from the staph infection he contracted following surgery on his artificial knee last month, received encouraging news from his physicians this week. He is expected to return to action in time for the first race in St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 25

Don Halliday Joins AJ Foyt Racing as Chief Engineer

HOUSTON January 27, 2012—Don Halliday, one of the most respected engineers in open wheel racing, has signed with AJ Foyt Racing as chief engineer of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara powered by Honda and driven by Mike Conway.

Halliday’s connection with Foyt can be traced to one of Foyt’s former drivers, Kenny Brack, who won the IndyCar championship in 1998 and followed that up by winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1999.

“Kenny and I were talking about A.J.’s situation,” Halliday explained. “Kenny and A.J. have remained in touch ever since Kenny drove for him, and Kenny is a very good friend of mine, so there was a connection,” said Halliday.

Contact was made with Larry Foyt, team director of AJ Foyt Racing, who has been working the phones since October interviewing several drivers and engineers as he began reshaping the team in preparation for the 2012 IZOD INDYCAR Series season.

“It’s really exciting to have Don on board with us,” said Foyt. “The chief engineer is obviously a very important piece of the puzzle when you talk about building a race team, so getting to know him and watching him interact with our group as we started to work together makes me very optimistic. I really enjoy his approach to engineering a race car and his methodology, and I think it’s going to fit in really well with our team. So far everyone has jelled very quickly and we’re all really looking forward to getting on the race track and going racing.”