AJ Foyt Racing announced on Thursday that JR Hildebrand, the 2011, Indy 500 Rookie of the year and runner up will drive the No.1 ABC Supply Chevrolet in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 next month.
Speaking following the announcement, COO of ABC Supply Mike Jost commented saying:
ABC Supply is excited for the opportunity to support AJ Foyt Racing by sponsoring the No. 1 car for the Indy 500. “A.J. is a living legend and part of the ABC family, and our 15,000 associates are honored to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of his first of four Indy 500 wins as a driver.
The new livery is to celebrate 60 years since AJ won his first of four 500’s.
AJ Foyt Racing President Larry Foyt commented saying:
This livery is more than just a throwback for us. “It is special to our team and family, and its imagery is something I have grown up seeing my whole life. It is wonderful that our longtime friends and partner ABC Supply will be the primary sponsor on this tribute to one of my Dad’s great accomplishments.
“Being able to sign a quality driver like J.R. will add another source of valuable feedback to our team which is especially important given the talent-packed Indy 500 entry list this year.
Speaking following the announcement, AJ Foyt said:
At my age, I don’t get too excited anymore but I’m thrilled to see this car painted like my ’61 car. “That win was so special because it was my dream just to be good enough to make the race. To win it three years later well I was thrilled to death about it. They were all sweet victories but to win that first one after where I came from, it was unbelievable.
“Having ABC Supply sponsor this car is fantastic. “They were awful good to us as our main sponsor for 15 years and they came back for the 500 last year when things were pretty tough. Well, that just shows what type of company they are. We’ve been great friends and we’ll remain that way.”
AJ Foyt Racing will run four cars for the 500 with Sebastien Bourdais, Dalton Kellett, Charlie Kimball and JR Hildebrand.