AJ Foyt Racing head into this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America following a busy doubleheader weekend in Detroit last time out. The team will be hoping for a strong performance in trying to rediscover some of their early-season form, and looking ahead to the weekend, Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet commented saying:
Looking forward to Road America, a place that I’ve always very much enjoyed. It’s gotten a lot rougher and harder on tires and it’s a tricky place, but I think if we can get the car in the zone, I think it’s a place where I know I can find my way around. I’m looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get to Wisconsin.
Dalton Kellett’s crew chief and outside front tire changer Chris Tucker has a weekend pass this weekend as he and his wife are expecting a child with his wife so he could have a special father’s day. Veteran AJ Foyt Racing mechanic, Pat Nelson will take over this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Dalton Kellett commented saying:
Road America is definitely one of the coolest tracks on our schedule and long, four miles. Pretty excited. Lots of big variation corners, really high-commitment, high-speed corners, some cooler low speed stuff, and definitely one of the prettiest tracks that we go to. It’s a classic American road course — so super excited. We’ve gotten better and better with our cars on road courses this year and I feel like I’m learning every weekend, so definitely looking forward to it.
Team owner AJ Foyt who missed the doubleheader at Detroit last weekend will also miss the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America as he recovers from heatstroke (hyperthermia) and as he explains he is trying to follow the advice of his doctors:
I feel much better now. “but my doctors want me to take it easy for now so I’m trying to listen to them
The team sat down with veteran race engineer Justin Taylor to discuss Road America:
What do you see as the biggest challenges in coming up with a setup?
JT: “Road America has a pretty good mix of low, medium, and high-speed corners as well as some long straights, so it’s just about finding the right compromise to be fast in the right places.”
Is this a track that engineers have a love/hate relationship with?
JT: “There’s no question… I love Road Am.”
Is Road America unique or can you apply info gleaned from other tracks?
JT: “Since there is such a good mix of corners, there are certainly elements of setup from other tracks that can be useful.”
Is it possible to be a fuel-saving race or is it too risky because of the length of the track (it’s a long way back to the pits)?
JT: “Fuel-saving can always become a factor depending on the flow of the race, so the length of the track just makes it more exciting for the guys on the pit stand.”