AJ Foyt Racing announced on Friday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach that the team will run a third car for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month with James Davison set to drive the No.33 AJ Foyt Racing with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger Motorsport and Belardi Auto Racing.
Speaking about the news, Davison said:
I am honored to be driving for the legendary A.J. Foyt with Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi at the Indianapolis 500. “This will be my first full two-week program in the four years that I have been a part of the event now. We have expectations to meet and I cannot wait to get after it.
One of the team owners, David Byrd commented on the news saying:
The Byrd family is excited to once again partner with the AJ Foyt Racing team, together with Brad Hollinger and Brian Belardi, to give James Davison the opportunity to win the Indy 500. “Based on what we have seen so far this season, A.J. and Larry and everybody here have things on the right track, and we can’t wait to see what the month of May brings.
Brian Belardi commented on the deal saying:
Although our team has won the Freedom 100 twice, this will be my first time at the Indianapolis 500. “I wanted to see it as an entrant, and everything fell into place to do that this year. I think we have a strong chance with James and the team that has been assembled by Foyt Racing and the Byrd family along with Hollinger MotorSport. I’m really looking forward to being a part of this team and the Indy 500.
Brad Hollinger commented on the news saying:
I’m very excited to have Hollinger MotorSport be a part of this year’s Indy 500. It is always an exciting race and we are looking forward to a good result
Davison joins AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan and Matheus for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Speaking about the deal, Larry Foyt commented on the news saying:
I’m happy to be joining with Byrd, Hollinger, and Belardi for this entry. “They have worked hard to ensure we will have the resources for a strong program. James has shown he can do a great job at Indianapolis and I think this entry will be a great addition to this year’s 500.
Team owner AJ Foyt commented on the announcement saying:
I worked with Jonathan Byrd years ago, and he was a swell guy. “It’s a small world and I’m just glad to be working with his boys, Jonathan and David. As for James, I know Larry has liked him since he met him when he was running Indy Lights. I’ve heard a lot about him and watched him run here at Indy and he’s run pretty good, so I’m looking forward to working with him.
The news means that there is now an entry list of 35 cars for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.