AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet says he is excited to be heading to ISM Raceway for this weekend’s first oval race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.

Foyt had an extremely impressive start to the season with both TK and Matheus Leist performing extremely well. Tony Kanaan started the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from 10th place and finished the event in eleventh place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race in Phoenix the Brazilian commented by saying:

Phoenix is one of the tracks that I always look forward to going back to. For some reason ISM Raceway and I click really well and I was fortunate to win there twice over the years. The track layout suits my style, I guess. AJ Foyt Racing had a pretty good test there earlier this year which is a good indication that the team is headed in the right direction with our short oval package. Setting up the car for a night race is always a bit tricky because we practice and qualify in the heat of the day which is quite different from what we’ll have in race conditions, but that’s part of what makes this race so special. I’m looking forward to getting to Phoenix this week and hitting the ground running with the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.

Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist had a fantastic weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg starting the race from third on grid but was forced to retire from the race. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s event, the Brazilian commented by saying:

Phoenix will be one of the hardest races for me because it’ll be my first oval race in an Indy car and also my first night race in a car—ever. I’ve done a few go-kart races at night but never a car race. I’m pretty excited. I think the pre-season test in Phoenix was good, the ABC Supply Chevrolet was looking fast. With all of the hard work we’ve been doing in the off season, I think we’re in good shape for the race. Hopefully we’ll have fun and manage to get some great results for the team and myself as well. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

Team owner AJ Foyt will attend this weekend’s race having recovered enough from his bee attack to allow him to travel to Phoenix and speaking ahead of the race weekend, Foyt commented by saying:

I’m still recovering. I have welts all over and I’m not feeling a hundred percent yet. I finally got off all the medicine the doctors prescribed. Those bees put me down pretty good, but I will be back.

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