A. J. Foyt Enterprises

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A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Motor racing team
Founded 1965
Country USA
Team Principal(s) A.J. Foyt
Larry Foyt
Jack Starne
Craig Baranouski
Tom Howatt
Current series IndyCar Series
Former series NASCAR
Drivers 14. Takuma Sato
Teams' titles
A. J. Foyt (right) and former driver Darren Manning (left) at the 2007 Indianapolis 500

A.J. Foyt Enterprises is an American racing team in the IZOD Indycar Series and formerly NASCAR. It is owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A. J. Foyt. Foyt Enterprises won IRL titles in 1996 with Scott Sharp and 1998 with Kenny Bräck, the latter driver also winning the Indianapolis 500 for the team in 1999. In 2006 the team hoped to resurrect itself with experienced driver Felipe Giaffone and a more level playing ground brought by a spec engine. However, after a strong start to the season, the team struggled after the Indianapolis 500 and parted ways with Giaffone after the eighth race. Jeff Bucknum was brought in to fill the seat for the rest of the year.

In 2007 Foyt announced that Larry Foyt would take over as team manager and Darren Manning was signed as the team's driver. Manning captured three top-five finishes in his two years with the team, including a second place in 2008 at Watkins Glen International. However, with high profile veteran Vitor Meira becoming available following the 2008 season, Foyt signed him to replace Manning.

Foyt Enterprises began the 2009 IndyCar Series season sponsored by ABC Supply Company and fielding Vitor Meira, who was injured in the Indianapolis 500. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Paul Tracy took over driving duties for the rest of the 2009 season. Meira returned in 2010 but split with the team after the season. Japanese driver Takuma Sato currently drives the #14.

NASCAR[edit]

Foyt began fielding NASCAR teams in 1973 part-time, starting with the #50 Purolator Chevrolet. He drove for the team on a very limited schedule throughout the seventies, picking up one pole and nine top-tens. Ron Hutcherson was the first driver besides Foyt to drive the car, and later Johnny Rutherford drove for the team in 1978. In the 1980s, Foyt was almost the sole driver of the team, and with Valvoline sponsorship, switched to the #14 beginning with the 1983, and posted his final career top-five at Talladega two years later in the Copenhagen car. In 1989, Tracy Leslie drove for the team in a pair of races, finishing twentieth at Michigan International Speedway. Foyt did not drive in the 1991 season, letting Mike Chase compete instead, who finished no better than 25th. After that, Foyt did not field a team until the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, when he qualified fortieth and finished thirtieth in the #50. Foyt would attempt the Brickyard for the next two seasons, but did not qualify for either race, forcing his permanent retirement. During the 1999 season, rumors began spreading that Foyt would revive his defunct operation to compete in the Cup Series. After several months, it was announced that Foyt would hire rookie Mike Bliss as the driver of his #14 Conseco Pontiac Grand Prix. Bliss qualified for the Daytona 500, but after failing to qualify for the next three races, he was released and briefly replaced by Dick Trickle. After getting an offer from another team, Trickle would leave as well, and would be replaced by Rick Mast after he and several crew members left the bankrupt Larry Hedrick Motorsports team. Mast stayed with the team for the rest of the season, and had two top-tens. Foyt Racing also briefly expanded to a two-car team at the season finale, the NAPA 500, when they fielded the #41 for Foyt's son Larry, but did not make the race. In 2001, Ron Hornaday was selected as the team's driver, but he only posted one top-ten and was dismissed at the end of the season. That season, Foyt started a Busch team, the #14 Harrah's Chevrolet, driven by Larry Foyt. Despite failing to finish in the top-ten, Foyt finished 22nd in points overall. The team also ran a second car again at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with Mark Green driving, but did not qualify.

Following Hornaday's departure, Stacy Compton began driving for the team starting in 2002. After posting only three top-twenty finishes, Compton left the team, and P. J. Jones took over at the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen, and posted the team's best finish of fourth. Mike Wallace was then designated as driver, posting a tenth-place run at Bristol Motor Speedway. In the Busch Series, Foyt had two top-tens and improved one spot in the points. It had been originally announced Foyt would field two cars in 2003, with Wallace in the 14, and Larry Foyt in a second car with Harrah's sponsoring. Unfortunately, Conseco filed for bankruptcy, leaving only one car with Larry driving. The team also switched its Cup team to Dodge with engines provided by Evernham Motorsports. Foyt only qualified for twenty races with a best finish of sixteenth, and finished 41st in points. Harrah's left at the end of 2003, and Larry Foyt qualified for three races in 2004, but did not obtain major sponsorship, leaving the team inactive. Later in the season, Foyt would lease his owner's points to ppc Racing's new Cup team. A.J. Foyt Racing officially closed their Cup team in 2006, following an auction of the team's NASCAR equipment in August.

Racing results[edit]

Complete Indycar results[edit]

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers no. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
1996 Lola Ford Cosworth WDW PHX INDY
United States Mike Groff 11 6
United States Scott Sharp 2 10
41 11
United States Mike Groff 3
Brazil Marco Greco 26
United States Davey Hamilton 14 12 17 12
United States Billy Boat 84 DNQ
1996–1997 Lola
Dallara
G-Force
Ford Cosworth
Oldsmobile Aurora
NHM LVS WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR CLT NHM LVS
United States Davey Hamilton 14 5 11 7 3 6 3 3 16 17 7
United States Scott Sharp 11 1 16 4 16 22
United States Billy Boat 7 2 2 8 23
United States Paul Durant 1 21
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile Aurora WDW PHX INDY TXS NHM DOV CLT PPIR ATL TXS LVS
Sweden Kenny Bräck 14 13 14 6 3 18 10 1 1 1 5 10
United States Billy Boat 11 21 3 23 1 21 9 12 14 26
United States Greg Ray 15 17
1999 Dallara
G-Force
Oldsmobile Aurora WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPIR LVS TXS
Sweden Kenny Bräck 14 22 24 1 13 7 3 3 10 2 16
United States Billy Boat 11 9 4 3 24 24 10 4 13 22 9
United States Robbie Buhl 84 6
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile Aurora WDW PHX LVS INDY TXS PPIR ATL KTY TXS
Chile Eliseo Salazar 11 5 4 18 3 17 6 10 25 5
United States Jeff Ward 14 7 11 21 4 19 15 19 6 8
United States Billy Boat 41 15
Colombia Roberto Guerrero DNQ
20T DNQ
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile Aurora PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS
Chile Eliseo Salazar 14 2 3 5 7 7 14 12 7 11 15 17 18 4
United States Donnie Beechler 84 25 6 16 7 3 10 5 14 5
United States Greg Ray 11 8
United States Robby Gordon 41 21
2002 Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX FON NAZ INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH KTY GAT CHI TXS
Chile Eliseo Salazar 11 5 4 15 19 19 14 14 18 16
United States Richie Hearn 14
United States Greg Ray 33 12 18 12 19
41 20 17 25 19
Brazil Airton Daré 14 10 12 13 11 13 3 9 6 1 17 23 23 11 16 12
2003 Dallara
G-Force
Toyota HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH GAT KTY NAZ CHI FON TXS
Japan Shigeaki Hattori 5 18 10 20 30
United States Jaques Lazier 19 20 16 10
United States A. J. Foyt IV 14 17 18 18 18 21 22 21 15 17 14 17 17 11 17 17 22
Brazil Airton Daré 41 24 DNS
2004 Dallara
G-Force
Toyota HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR NAZ CHI FON TXS
United States A. J. Foyt IV 14 15 14 15 33 22 11 13 16 16 15 18 21 15 16 19 10
United States Larry Foyt 41 32
2005 Dallara
Panoz
Toyota
Chevrolet
HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON
United States A. J. Foyt IV 14 9 14 21 14 28 18 14 16 12 21 12 9 21 11 21
United States Jeff Bucknum 10 11
United States Larry Foyt 41 33
Brazil Felipe Giaffone 48 15
United States Scott Mayer DNQ
2006 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY SNM CHI
Brazil Felipe Giaffone 14 8 9 15 21 5 16 17 19
United States Jeff Bucknum 18 13 14 13 18 17
United States Larry Foyt 41 30
2007 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MCH KTY SNM DET CHI
United Kingdom Darren Manning 14 13 12 12 11 20 11 13 5 14 9 9 6 15 13 12 4 21
United States Al Unser, Jr. 50 26
2008 Dallara Honda HMS STP MOT LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI
United Kingdom Darren Manning 14 13 13 8 24 9 13 28 21 12 2 9 8 10 19 22 12 7
United States Jeff Simmons 41 28
France Franck Perera 15
2009 Dallara Honda STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS
Brazil Vitor Meira 14 9 14 22 21
Canada Paul Tracy 17
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 19 15 21 7 17 14 4 19 15 21 13
United States A. J. Foyt IV 20
41 16
2010 Dallara Honda SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS
Brazil Vitor Meira 14 3 15 18 11 10 27 10 7 19 11 16 15 15 9 23 17 6
United States A. J. Foyt IV 41 DNQ
United States Jaques Lazier DNQ
2011 Dallara Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS1 TXS2 MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV1
Brazil Vitor Meira 14 8 12 9 17 15 8 11 24 18 5 12 10 10 22 9 25 16 C1
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 41 Wth2
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 23
2012 Dallara DW12 Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TEX MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON
United Kingdom Mike Conway 14 20 7 22 19 29 9 16 16 20 3 11 21 14 16
New Zealand Wade Cunningham 14
41 31
2013 Dallara DW12 Honda STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU HOU FON
Japan Takuma Sato 14 8 14 1* 2* 13 19 23 11 7* 23 22 24 20 22 23 24 17 14 17
United States Conor Daly 41 22
2014 Dallara DW12 Honda STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON
Japan Takuma Sato 14 7 22 13 9 19 18 18 18 22 19 21
United Kingdom Martin Plowman 41 18 23

Drivers who have driven for A.J. Foyt Enterprises[edit]

CART[edit]

  • A.J. Foyt Enterprises never won a CART-sanctioned event during its participation from 1979-1995. At the 1995 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix, Eddie Cheever was leading the race with just over 1 lap to go when the car ran out fuel. It would be the closest the team came to winning a CART race.
Year Primary driver(s) Other driver(s)
1979 United States A.J. Foyt  
1980 United States George Snider (500-mile races only)
1981
1982
1983 United States George Snider (Indy 500 only)
1984 United States George Snider (Indy 500 only)
United States Johnny Rutherford (Indy 500/Pocono 500)
1985 United States Chip Ganassi (Indy 500 only)
United States George Snider (Indy 500 only)
1986 United States George Snider (Indy 500/Michigan 500 only)
United States Sammy Swindell
1987 United States George Snider (Indy 500 only)
United States Stan Fox
United States Davy Jones
1988 United States Stan Fox
United States Rocky Moran
United States Johnny Rutherford (Michigan 500 only)
1989 United States Rocky Moran
1990
1991 United States A.J. Foyt
United States Mike Groff
Mexico Bernard Jourdain
United States Al Unser, Sr.
1992 United States A.J. Foyt United States Jeff Andretti
Switzerland Jon Beekhuis
United States Brian Bonner
United States Pancho Carter
Switzerland Gregor Foitek
United States Ross Cheever

United States Mike Groff
United States George Snider (Phoenix 200 only)

1993 United States A.J. Foyt
United States Robby Gordon
United States John Andretti
1994 United States Davy Jones (first 3 races)
United States Bryan Herta (5 races)
United States Eddie Cheever (2nd half)
1995 United States Eddie Cheever Sweden Fredrik Ekblom
United States Scott Sharp
United States Brian Till

INDYCAR[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

Cup Series[edit]

Grand National Series[edit]

Truck Series[edit]

USAC Silver Crown[edit]

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