Four time Indianapolis 500 winner AJ AJ Foyt says that the 2020 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge which has been rescheduled from May 24 to August 23 due to the COVID 19 global pandemic will still be the Indianapolis 500.
Foyt who is one of only three four time winners of the Indianapolis 500 having taken victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1961, 1964 and 1977 says that rescheduling the ‘Greatest Spectacle In Racing’ was the best option and that the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are trying to so the best they can for the fans and IndyCar Series competitors.
In a statement Super Tex said:
Running the Indianapolis 500 in August is something I never experienced before but all I can say is it will still be the Indy 500. “I never thought we’d see it like this but all of the sports field has been affected, the Olympics, the Kentucky Derby, Le Mans, so we’re not the only ones affected by this—we’re just one of them. I’m just glad that we will be able to race. INDYCAR is trying to do the best they can for the fans and the competitors so I give them a lot of credit. It’s a shame Roger [Penske] has to go through this in his first year of owning Indianapolis Motor Speedway but you couldn’t have a better man in charge.
AJ Foyt Racing have undergone a major change over the offseason bringing in Charlie Kimball to drive the No.4 Tresiba Chevrolet full-time as the Californian returns to the series full time. Sebastien Seabass Bourdais joined the team from Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Racing while Canadian Dalton Kellett will make his NTT IndyCar Series debut with the team sharing the the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet with Tony Kanaan who is competing in ovals only this year as part of #TKLastLap.
Bourdais was due to compete in the opening four races of the season alongside Charlie Kimball however with the four races being cancelled or postponed that plan went out the window.
Paddock Eye understands that Bourdais has been in contact with AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt and they are working on a plan for the Frenchman to be in the car later in the year but it is understood that Foyt are keen to have Bourdais in a car full time in 2021.