AJ Foyt Racing announced on Thursday that they have signed Verizon IndyCar Series veteran and 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan to drive the No.14 ABC Supply Co. Chevrolet from the 2018 season onwards.
The Brazilian joins the team following four years with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Speaking about today’s announcement team owner AJ Foyt commented by saying:
We’ve talked to Tony for the last couple of years and I’m just glad we were able to put something together because I know he wants to win as bad as we do. “I think he still has two or three good years in him. He’s always been a hard charger and I like somebody who wants to charge hard.”
Kanaan who joined Ganassi for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season replacing his good friend and former Andretti team mate Dario Franchitti spoke about the new partnership with Foyt by saying:
I just thought it was a great opportunity for me to build something where we can make history, and for me that’s what racing’s all about,” said Kanaan, who signed a multi-year contract to drive for Foyt. “Yes it is about the wins, but it’s also about the people, the people that you’re associated with. We’re going to make some history.”
Kanaan will drive the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet and ironically it is the 14th year that ABC Supply have been the primary sponsor to AJ Foyt Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Speaking about Kanaan’s arrival at Foyt, president and CEO of ABC Supply, Keith Rozolis commented by saying:
We’re big fans of Tony and are excited to have him on our team. “We are looking forward to next season.
AJ Foyt Racing president Larry Foyt commented by saying:
I’m thrilled to have Tony Kanaan joining the team,” Larry Foyt said. “We have known he would be a great fit for our team and our sponsors, and I’m glad the deal came together. Tony wants to win, and we want to win. I know he and I will be pushing each other to get the best results we can. With the new aero kit, I feel Tony’s experience in many different iterations of Indy cars will be a great asset as we prepare and test for the upcoming season.”