AJ Foyt Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet gave AJ Foyt Racing their best start to an NTT IndyCar Series season in years on Sunday coming from 16th on the grid to finish the opening race of the season, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in fifth place.
Speaking following the action, the Frenchman said:
A really good run for the 14 ROKiT Chevrolet and A.J. Foyt Racing. “A very solid day, a really solid race, good strategy, good pit stops and good pace so really happy for the whole team. We overcame a really dodgey day starting 16th and we put on a good show, made a bunch of passes so really happy for everybody. I’m looking forward to St. Pete.”
Dalton Kellett commented on his race saying;
It was a pretty chaotic start,” said Kellett, adding, “We got collected in a bit of that mayhem going through Turn 3 and into Turn 5 and kind of tagged Newgarden. We got some damage to the right rear and right sidepod, brought the car in for service, replaced a bent wheel with Firestone reds on it and put blacks on it.
Seven-time NTT IndyCar Series champion AJ Foyt was delighted with Sebastien Bourdais’ performance saying:
“I was glad to see the 14 be leading the race for a change, it’s been long time since I’ve seen that. “Sebastien did a helluva job, got a little damage to the undertray in that first wreck but he came back hard and drove a great race. The crew did a great job in pitstops and Larry called a perfect race. Fifth is not what we’re satisfied with but it will get better. Dalton drove a good race, he’s kind of a rookie and still learning. He got in that wreck too and tore up his undertray which really hindered him but he drove a good race and stayed out of trouble; he drove a smart race.”
Team President Larry Foyt commented saying:
Really good start to the season for AJ Foyt Racing. We didn’t have the pace in qualifying we wanted, so both cars had to start towards the back. We were able to hit a decent strategy and Seb made some awesome passes to get the 14 car a top-five finish. Dalton was mixing it up through the field as well and gained a great deal of experience today.”