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A. J. Foyt Enterprises
A. J. Foyt Enterprises.png
Owner(s) A. J. Foyt
Principal (s) Larry Foyt
Base Waller, Texas
Series Verizon IndyCar Series
Car numbers 4, 14
Race drivers No. 4 Brazil Matheus Leist
No. 14 Brazil Tony Kanaan
Sponsors ABC Supply
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Opened 1965
Career
Drivers' Championships 5 1967, 1975, 1979 USAC, 1996, 1998 IRL)
Indy 500 victories 3 (1967, 1977, 1999)
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 Verizon Indycar Series and formerly NASCAR. It is owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, 1972 Daytona 500 winner, 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and two-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner A. J. Foyt. A. J. won two of his four Indianapolis 500s driving for the team. The team also won the 1999 Indianapolis 500 and the IRL championship in 1996 and 1998.

USAC National Championship

The team was founded in 1965 and won three National Championship (in 1967, 1975 and 1979) and two Indianapolis 500 (in 1967 and 1977), all with A. J. Foyt at the wheel.

CART

A. J. Foyt Enterprises never won a CART-sanctioned event during its participation from 1979 to 1995. At the 1995 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix, Eddie Cheever was leading the race with just over one lap to go when the car ran out fuel. It would be the closest the team came to winning a CART race.

IndyCar Series

Jack Hawksworth participating in the Pit Stop Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015.

Foyt Enterprises won IRL titles in 1996 with Scott Sharp and 1998 with Kenny Bräck. Bräck also won 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 Vítor 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 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 joined Foyt's team in 2013, winning that year at Long Beach. The team announced in October that they would field a second car (No. 41) full-time in 2015 for Jack Hawksworth.[1]

NASCAR Nextel Cup

No. 14 history

The No. 14 started as the No. 50 when A. J. Foyt began fielding NASCAR teams in 1973 part-time, driving the Purolator-sponsored 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 switched to the No. 14 with a Valvoline sponsorship in 1983, and posted his final career Top 5 at Talladega two years later in the Copenhagen-sponsored car. In 1989, Tracy Leslie drove for the team in a pair of races, finishing 20th at Michigan International Speedway. Foyt did not drive in the 1991 season. Instead, he allowed Mike Chase to drive for him. This driver finished no better than 25th. Foyt, afterwards, did not field a team until the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, when he qualified 40th and finished 30th in the No. 50. Foyt would attempt the Brickyard in 1995 and 1996, 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 driver of the No. 14 Conseco-sponsored Pontiac Grand Prix. Bliss qualified for the Daytona 500, but after failing to do so 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. He 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 10s at Pocono and Bristol. In 2001, Ron Hornaday, Jr. was selected as the team's driver, but he only posted only one Top 10 at Las Vegas and was dismissed at the end of the season.

Following Hornaday's departure, Stacy Compton began driving for the team starting in 2002. After posting only three Top 20 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 10th-place run at Bristol Motor Speedway. It had been originally announced Foyt would field two cars in 2003 with Wallace in the 14, and his adopted son Larry Foyt in a second car with a sponsorship from Harrah's. 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 20 races with a best finish of 16th, 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 sold 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.

No. 41 history

Foyt Racing also briefly expanded to a two-car team at the 2000 season finale, the NAPA 500, when they fielded the No. 41 for Foyt's son Larry, but did not make the race.

The team also ran a second car again in 2001 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with Mark Green driving, but did not qualify.

The team also ran a second car yet again in 2002 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with P. J. Jones but the number changed from No. 41 to No. 50.

NASCAR Busch Series

No. 14 history

In 2001, Foyt started a Busch team, the No. 14 Harrah's Chevrolet, driven by Larry Foyt. Despite failing to finish in the top-ten, Foyt finished 22nd in points overall.

In the Busch Series for 2002, Foyt had two top-tens and improved one spot in the points.

Racing results

Complete CART Indy Car World Series results

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos Pts
1979 PHX ATL INDY TRT MCH WGL TRT ONT MCH ATL PHX
Parnelli VPJ6C Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 2 NC
1980 ONT INDY MIL POC MDO MCH WGL MIL ONT MCH MXC PHX
Parnelli VPJ6C Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 DNS 14 19 44th 45
United States George Snider 16 15 DNQ 48th 25
1981 PHX MIL ATL MCH RIV MIL MCH WGL MXC PHX
Coyote 81 Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 26 45th 0
1982 PHX ATL MIL CLE MCH MIL POC RIV ROA MCH PHX
March 82C Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 2 22 20 20 23 28th 22
1983 ATL INDY MIL CLE MCH ROA POC RIV MDO MCH CPL LAG PHX
March 83C Cosworth DFX V8t United States George Snider 1 32 59th 0
United States A. J. Foyt 14 31 58th 0
1984 LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH PHX LAG CPL
March 84C Cosworth DFX V8t United States George Snider 4 11 38th 2
United States A. J. Foyt 14 6 DNQ 22 27 DNS 14 22 31st 8
United States Johnny Rutherford 84 22 7 28 22nd 20
1985 LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE MCH ROA POC MDO SAN MCH LAG PHX MIA
March 85C
Lola T900
Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 28 23 24 24 23 20 49th 0
March 85C Chevrolet V6t United States George Snider 44 32 60th 0
Cosworth DFX V8t United States Chip Ganassi 84 22 51st 0
United States Mike Nish (R) EX NC
March 84C 41 DNQ
1986 PHX LBH INDY MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC MDO SAN MCH ROA LAG PHX MIA
March 86C Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 17 24 19 9 4 16 22 23 21st 16
United States George Snider 84 26 27 48th 0
United States Sammy Swindell 9 29th 4
Chevrolet V6t United States Mike Nish 44 DNQ 30 3
1987 LBH PHX INDY MIL POR MEA CLE TOR MCH POC ROA MDO NAZ LAG MIA
Lola T87/00 Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 19 6 26 7 7 25 23rd 14
March 86C United States Stan Fox 41 7 32nd 6
United States Davy Jones (R) 10 14 13 35th 3
44 28
Chevrolet V6t United States George Snider 84 33 50th 0
1988 PHX LBH INDY MIL POR CLE TOR MEA MCH POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG MIA
Lola T88/00
Lola T87/00
Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 4 11 26 5 15 11 15 17 Wth 16 22 10 17 24 25 16th 29
United States Johnny Rutherford 18 43rd 0
March 86C United States Rocky Moran 48 16 25th 9
Chevrolet V6t United States George Snider 84 DNQ NC
United States Stan Fox 30 48th 0
1989 PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH POC MDO ROA NAZ LAG
Lola T87/00
Lola T89/00
Cosworth DFX V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 22 25 5 20 26 Wth 23 17 18 21 21 22 14 18th 10
United States Rocky Moran 28 38th 0
March 86C Chevrolet V6t United States Stan Fox 84 DNQ NC
1990 PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG
Lola T90/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 22 24 6 9 17 10 7 5 16 6 10 13 15 20 11th 42
Belgium Didier Theys 12 18th 15
1991 SFR LBH PHX INDY MIL DET POR CLE MEA TOR MCH DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ LAG
Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A V8t United States Al Unser 14 17 40th 0
United States A. J. Foyt 28 16 23 16 20 13 17 16 32nd 0
United States Mike Groff 8 DNS 20 8 15 16th 22
Lola T90/00 Mexico Bernard Jourdain 20 41st 0
48 18
1992 SFR PHX LBH INDY DET POR MIL NHA TOR MCH CLE ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
Lola T91/00
Lola T92/00
Chevrolet 265A V8t Switzerland Gregor Foitek (R) 14 21 18 Wth 47th 0
United States George Snider 22 53rd 0
United States A. J. Foyt DNQ 9 26th 4
United States Brian Bonner (R) 10 28th 3
United States Ross Cheever (R) 11 20 25 25 DNQ 32nd 2
United States Pancho Carter 11 17 31st 2
Switzerland Jon Beekhuis 18 48th 0
United States Mike Groff 15 16 8 25th 5
United States Jeff Andretti 48 18 49th 0
1993 SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH NHA ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
Lola T92/00
Lola T93/00
Ford XB V8t United States A. J. Foyt 14 DNQ NC
United States Robby Gordon 3 18 DSQ 10 8 8 6 6 15 5 20 23 2 4 10 10th 84
41 27
United States John Andretti 84 10 29th 3
1994 SFR PHX LBH INDY MIL DET POR CLE TOR MCH MDO NHA VAN ROA NAZ LAG
Lola T92/00
Lola T93/00
Ford XB V8t United States Davy Jones 14 19 12 14 31st 1
Lola T94/00 United States Bryan Herta (R) 9 10 9 28 13 Wth 23rd 11
United States Eddie Cheever 21 17 21 17 27 24 25 27th 5
United States John Andretti 33 10 28th 3
1995 MIA SFR PHX LBH NAZ INDY MIL DET POR ROA TOR CLE MCH MDO NHA VAN LAG
Lola T95/00 Ford XB V8t United States Eddie Cheever 14 14 7 14 4 5 31 26 25 25 17 11 22 19 10 17 18th 33
United States Brian Till 26 45th 0
Sweden Fredrik Ekblom (R) 19 42nd 0
United States Scott Sharp 41 26 44th 0

Complete IRL IndyCar Series results

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pts Pos Pts
1996 WDW PHX INDY
Lola T94/00
Lola T95/00
Ford XB V8t United States Mike Groff 11 6 6th 228
41 3
Brazil Marco Greco 26 36th 9
United States Scott Sharp 11 1st 246
11 2 10
United States Davey Hamilton 14 12 17 12 9th 192
United States Billy Boat 84 DNQ 0
1996–97 NHA LSV WDW PHX INDY TXS PPIR CLT NHA LSV
Lola T95/00
Dallara IR7
G-Force GF01
Ford XB V8t
Oldsmobile Aurora V8
United States Davey Hamilton 14 5 11 7 3 6 3 3 16 17 7 2nd 272
United States Scott Sharp 11 1 16 4 16 22 22nd 119
United States Billy Boat (R) 7 21 2 8 23 18th 151
G-Force GF01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Paul Durant 1 21 40th 23
1998 WDW PHX INDY TXS NHA DOV CLT PPIR ATL TXS LSV
Dallara IR8 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Billy Boat 11 21 3 23 1 21 9 12 14 26 13th 194
United States Greg Ray 15 17 21st 128
Sweden Kenny Bräck 14 13 14 6 3 18 10 1 1 1 5 10 1st 332
1999 WDW PHX CLT INDY TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPIR LSV TXS
Dallara IR9 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Billy Boat 11 9 4 C2 3 24 24 10 4 13 22 9 12th 204
Sweden Kenny Bräck 14 22 24 C2 1 13 7 3 3 10 2 16 2nd 256
United States Robbie Buhl 84 6 22nd 114
2000 WDW PHX LSV INDY TXS PPIR ATL KTY TXS
G-Force GF05 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 Chile Eliseo Salazar 11 5 4 18 3 17 6 10 25 5 4th 210
United States Jeff Ward 14 7 11 21 4 19 15 19 6 8 11th 176
United States Billy Boat 41 15 10th 181
Colombia Roberto Guerrero DNQ 44th 7
20T DNQ
2001 PHX HMS ATL INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH KTY GAT CHI TXS
Dallara IR-01 Oldsmobile Aurora V8 United States Greg Ray 11 8 18th 193
Chile Eliseo Salazar 14 2 3 5 7 7 14 12 7 11 15 17 18 4 5th 308
United States Robby Gordon 41 21 45th 9
United States Donnie Beechler 84 25 6 16 7 3 10 5 14 5 15th 204
2002 HMS PHX FON NAZ INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH KTY GAT CHI TXS
Dallara IR-02 Chevrolet Indy V8 Chile Eliseo Salazar 11 5 4 15 19 19 14 14 18 16 20th 157
United States Richie Hearn 14 15th 204
United States Greg Ray 33 12 18 12 19 23rd 128
41 20 17 25 19
Brazil Airton Daré 14 10 12 13 11 13 3 9 6 1 17 23 23 11 16 12 9th 304
2003 HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MCH GAT KTY NAZ CHI FON TXS
Dallara IR-03
G-Force GF09
Toyota Indy V8 United States A. J. Foyt IV (R) 14 17 18 18 18 21 22 21 15 17 14 17 17 11 17 17 22 21st 198
Japan Shigeaki Hattori 5 18 10 20 30 26th 43
Dallara IR-03 United States Jaques Lazier 19 20 16 10 23rd 120
Brazil Airton Daré DNQ 34th 6
G-Force GF09 41 24
2004 HMS PHX MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR NAZ CHI FON TXS
Dallara IR-04 Toyota Indy V8 United States A. J. Foyt IV 14 15 14 15 33 22 11 13 16 16 15 18 21 15 16 19 10 18th 232
G-Force GF09B United States Larry Foyt (R) 41 32 37th 10
2005 HMS PHX STP MOT INDY TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON
Dallara IR-05 Toyota Indy V8 United States A. J. Foyt IV 14 9 14 21 14 28 18 14 16 12 21 12 20th 231
Chevrolet Indy V8 9 21 11 21
United States Jeff Bucknum (R) 10 11 25th 63
Toyota Indy V8 United States Scott Mayer (R) 41 DNQ 0
United States Larry Foyt 33 38th 10
G-Force GF09C 48 Wth
Brazil Felipe Giaffone 15 31st 15
2006 HMS STP MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MCH KTY SNM CHI
Dallara IR-05 Honda HI6R V8 Brazil Felipe Giaffone 14 8 9 15 21 5 16 17 19 17th 142
United States Jeff Bucknum 18 13 14 13 18 17 20th 97
United States Larry Foyt 41 30 38th 10
2007 HMS STP MOT KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MCH KTY SNM DET CHI
Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 United Kingdom Darren Manning 14 13 12 12 11 20 11 13 5 14 9 9 6 15 13 12 4 21 13th 332
United States Al Unser, Jr. 50 26 32nd 10
2008 HMS STP MOT LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF3
Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 United Kingdom Darren Manning 14 13 13 8 24 9 13 28 21 12 2 9 8 10 19 22 12 7 14th 323
Brazil Vítor Meira 14 13th 324
United States Jeff Simmons 41 28 39th 10
France Franck Perera (R) 15 29th 71
2009 STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI MOT HMS
Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Brazil Vítor Meira 14 9 14 22 21 28th 62
Canada Paul Tracy 17 23rd 113
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 19 15 21 7 17 14 4 19 15 21 13 15th 298
United States A. J. Foyt IV 20 33rd 26
41 16
2010 SAO STP ALA LBH KAN INDY TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS
Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Brazil Vítor Meira 14 3 15 18 11 10 27 10 7 19 11 16 15 15 9 23 17 6 12th 310
United States A. J. Foyt IV 41 DNQ 0
United States Jaques Lazier DNQ 0
2011 STP ALA LBH SAO INDY TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHA SNM BAL MOT KTY LSV
Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 Brazil Vítor Meira 14 8 12 9 17 15 8 11 24 18 5 12 10 10 22 9 25 16 C4 16th 287
Brazil Bruno Junqueira 41 Wth 47th 4
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 23 7th 347
2012 STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TEX MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO SNM BAL FON
Dallara DW12 Honda HI12TT V6t United Kingdom Mike Conway 14 20 7 22 19 29 9 16 16 20 3 11 21 14 16 21st 233
New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R) 14 28th 29
41 31
2013 STP ALA LBH SAO INDY DET TXS MIL IOW POC TOR MDO SNM BAL HOU FON
Dallara DW12 Honda HI13TT V6t Japan Takuma Sato 14 8 14 1* 2* 13 19 23 11 7* 23 22 24 20 22 23 24 17 14 17 17th 322
United States Conor Daly (R) 41 22 34th 11
2014 STP LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TXS HOU POC IOW TOR MDO MIL SNM FON
Dallara DW12 Honda HI14TT V6t Japan Takuma Sato 14 7 22 13 9 19 18 18 18 22 19 21 22 23 5 18 15 4 6 18th 350
United Kingdom Martin Plowman 41 18 23 34th 18
2015 STP NOL LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TXS TOR FON MIL IOW MDO POC SNM
Dallara DW12 Honda HI15TT V6t Japan Takuma Sato 14 13 22 18 17 9 13 11 2 16 10 18 14 19 24 6 8 14th 323
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth 41 8 24 14 21 23 24 7 7 23 14 10 17 13 8 22 19 17th 256
Canada Alex Tagliani 48 17 37th 27
2016 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET ROA IOW TOR MDO POC TXS WGL SNM
Dallara DW12 Honda HI16TT V6t Japan Takuma Sato 14 6 15 5 13 18 26 11 10 17 11 5 9 22 20 17 14 17th 320
Canada Alex Tagliani 35 23 17 31st 35
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth 41 11 19 21 19 20 16 22 19 11 15 21 21 14 17 16 18 20th 229
2017 STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM
Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t United States Conor Daly 4 15 16 18 14 17 30 22 12 7 15 19 17 10 14 5 11 10 18th 305
Colombia Carlos Muñoz 14 21 7 17 10 15 10 14 11 18 11 20 15 18 10 9 10 15 16th 328
United States Zach Veach (R) 40 26 33rd 23
2018 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TEX ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT POR SNM
Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t Brazil Matheus Leist (R) 4 24 19 14 12 21 13 15 14 22 15 22 15 19 11 16 14 19 18th 253
Brazil Tony Kanaan 14 11 8 8 18 14 25 14 7 21 14 17 6 18 17 13 11 12 16th 312
Australia James Davison 33 33 41st 10

* Season still in progress

  1. ^ Billy Boat was originally scored as the winner of the 1997 True Value 500 until it was discovered afterward that a scoring error had mistakenly put several drivers multiple laps down during the race. Arie Luyendyk was ultimately declared the winner.
  2. ^ The 1999 VisionAire 500K at Charlotte was cancelled after 79 laps due to spectator fatalities.
  3. ^ Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
  4. ^ The final race at Las Vegas was canceled due to Dan Wheldon's death.

Drivers who have driven for A. J. Foyt Enterprises

USAC National Championship

CART

INDYCAR

NASCAR

Cup Series

Grand National Series

Truck Series

USAC Silver Crown

References

  1. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (October 29, 2014). "Foyt team expands with Hawksworth in No. 41 car". IndyCar Series. IndyCar. Retrieved January 2, 2015.

External links

  • Official website
  • IndyCar team page
  • NASCAR ownership statistics
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