AJ Foyt Racing underwent a transformation over the winter and as the sun rises on a new Verizon IndyCar Series season the team look to be in great shape.
Conor Daly has joined the team from Dale Coyne Racing alongside Carlos Munoz who joins from Andretti Autosport having replaced Takuma Sato at the outfit. The pair joined fellow Verizon IndyCar Series teams Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring International Raceway on Tuesday as preparations continue for the new season.
The drivers aren’t the only new thing at Foyt this season as they have also moved from Honda to Chevrolet power and initial thoughts were positive with Conor Daly stating:
It’s awesome to be back in the car. “It’s been so long since Sonoma (the 2016 season finale). I haven’t run since then. It’s awesome just to get the feel of the speed and the power and the downforce again.
Daly made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut with AJ Foyt Racing at the 2013 Indianapolis 500.
Speaking about the new partnership with Chavrolet, AJ Foyt Racing president Larry Foyt commented by saying:
The biggest thing is that I want us to come out of this feeling like we’re ready. We know there are going to be some things we’ll have to work through with Chevrolet. We’ll be running through a list and checking off some boxes on some very basic things.
That’s why I wanted us to have these two days in a row, so if you do have some hiccups and some things that require some extra time, having a second day gives you the opportunity to work on them further. You’re already here and set up, so it makes sense to take advantage of the second day.
Carlos Munoz commented on the car by saying:
It seems like forever since September. “For a driver, that’s a lot of time to be out. It feels good to be back.
Daly, Munoz and Chevrolet aren’t the only new additions to AJ Foyt Racing ahead of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series as Will Philips comes in to replaced Don Halliday as lead engineer to Carlos Munoz’ No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet based out of Texas.
Daly went on to say:
There a lot of work to do and we’re just making sure we go about it the right way. “We’re being careful about making sure everything is just right. These guys have been incredible. We went out and did our whole program this morning with zero problems.
Larry Foyt concluded by saying:
The biggest thing is all the information we gather. “Chevrolet has been great. They’ve been really good about answering questions in order to help us come out of the box as fast as we can. There’s a lot of excitement.