Interview with an AJFR twentysomething: Joe Pontin

May 13, 2019

 Joe Pontin, 24, joined AJ Foyt Racing this season as an IndyCar mechanic who is learning from the veterans on the team. This is the first in a series of four interviews with our twentysomethings this week. We asked Joe a few questions...

 

Q: What is your job at AJ Foyt Racing?

“My job at AJ Foyt Racing is a mechanic. On race weekends I attend the "stop sign” and spray the excess fuel (that splashes out) with the fire extinguisher.”

 

Q: How did you get started at your position?

“I’ve always dreamt of being on a motorsports team but never thought it could be achieved without experience. I saw an opportunity to apply for a position, and here I am, living the dream.”

 

Q: What is the greatest thrill of your job?

“Probably knowing who I work for. A.J. is a legend and I’m beyond grateful that I get to work for his team.”

   

 

Q: Tell us something that may surprise people about you.

“I’m allergic to alcoholic beverages. While everyone enjoys a beer, I’ll have a Coke.”

 

Q: What’s the biggest challenge of your job?

“I would have to say efficiency. Being a mechanic, it is very easy to go backwards on your work, so thinking ahead and knowing the next step is key.”

 

Q: How do you prepare for a race?

“I would prepare just as if it was any other day working with the team. Get good rest and do your best.”

 

Q: What’s your favorite track and why?

“Tough choice, but of all the tracks I’ve seen so far, I would have to say Barber Motorsports Park. The setting of the track is just beautiful and welcoming.”

 

Q: Is this your first month of May? If so, what are your expectations?

“This will be my first time and I look forward to it. I expect it to be a very good spectacle with long days and nights. Hopefully a fun experience.”

 Q: Have you learned any tricks to make your job easier?

“A ton. Being a mechanic you learn a lot of “do’s” and “don’ts”. Even with prior experience I still learn something every day doing my job.”

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of racing?

“I enjoy playing video games and restoring classic Toyotas.” 

 

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