AJ Foyt Racing Team President Larry Foyt says the team had a positive start to the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series following the opening test of the year at Sebring International Raceway on Tuesday. Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellett were in action on the short track and speaking following the test Foyt said:
It was a positive first test of 2021 for our team. We had a few new team members and everyone came together nicely. There were many items to get through from off season projects, so we turned a lot of laps and the drivers gave the engineers a great deal of data to sort through
Sebastien Bourdais was in the No.4 Chevrolet on Monday and speaking about forming a relationship with his new race engineer Justin Talylor and speaking about the new partnership the Frenchman said:
I think he is a brilliant guy. He’s done a lot of things, he’s very down to earth and easy to work with, so it’s a great addition on the timing stand. Mike (Colliver) has taken the role of technical director now and with Daniele (Cucchiaroni) as the super assistant–he is completely capable of being the race engineer–I think we’ve got a lot of smart guys and deep brains on the timing stand which is great. I very much look forward to working a bit closer with Justin and I think it’s going to be a great relationship.
Dalton Kellett commented on his time in the car saying:
I think the biggest thing in comparing apples to apples with the two Sebring tests from last year, I think feeling all on top of the car. It clicks really fast now that I’ve got a year under my belt with this car. I don’t get into the car and have to adapt to speed and learn the tires and all that so I’m happy with that. Overall, I think it’s the confidence in knowing what the limit of the car is. That’s been a big improvement over the year.