AJ Foyt Racing Team President Larry Foyt says the team are looking forward to this weekend’s 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg as the sport goes back to where it should have begun 224 days ago.
Speaking about the race this weekend Foyt commented saying:
I am glad to be back at St. Pete. It is one of my favorite races on the schedule. We typically have shown good speed there as well, which always makes you like a track just a bit more.”
Speaking about the team’s expectations for this weekend’s race, Foyt commented saying:
First off we need to do our best to execute the entire weekend well with Car 14 and keep the entry in the Leaders Circle. This will be our second race weekend with Sebastien [Bourdais], so continuing to gel more with him will be good for 2021. Charlie [Kimball] likes St. Pete as well, so a good final race is great for off-season momentum building.
Speaking about the 2020 season on a whole, Foyt commented saying:
Challenging. Our whole plan was turned upside down, and with new drivers and engineering, this was all exacerbated. The reduced practice time was the last thing we needed as a group.
Speaking about the surprises and takeaways from this season, Foyt commented saying:
I think it was interesting that we can get races done without being on the road for such extended lengths of time. I would like to see us get more events done in two days versus three. We should be able to fit ample practice time in that scenario.
What are the team planning for the 2020 off season:
First off, we have to finalize our driver lineup, which I hope to have done shortly after St. Pete. The engineers have a list of winter improvements, which I will discuss with them and approve budget-wise. The teams are getting a limited number of testing days this off-season, so maximizing these tests are an important goal.
AJ Foyt opened a new winery in Texas and speaking about this, Larry Foyt said:
I think it will be open in early 2021. Does anyone really want to be established in 2020? [Why Texas?] I had a friend who lives near Fredericksburg [Texas], and he had been trying to get me to see it for years. When I was there, I fell in love with the area and knew it would be a great place for our tasting room and museum. The Texas wine industry is booming, and I’m looking forward to this new chapter in Foyt Wines history.”