AJ Foyt Racing endured a difficult opening day to their home race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas for the inaugural IndyCar Classic.

Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet ended the day in 18th place with a fastest time of 01:49.0534s and speaking following the action the Brazilian commented by saying:

We just finished the first day here at COTA. Unfortunately, not the performance we were looking for. I think we are lacking grip more than we were expecting to, so a lot of work to do for tomorrow. In general, (I’m) just happy to be here with the crew, the ABC people and the Foyt family, so I’m looking forward to a better day tomorrow. Tomorrow we have one more practice before qualifying; we’re going to try to set up the car as good as we can and as fast as we can to have a good race on Sunday.

Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet ended the day in 23rd place with a time of 01:51.6903s and speaking following the action he said:

It was a difficult day. As a team, when you’re searching for that big jump, you have to make big swings and we haven’t been fortunate enough to find a good swing. We found what didn’t work today and it was a struggle, but that’s how we learn. We’re not the type of team to give up, so we’ll take a bad day and try to turn it into a positive day tomorrow.

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