Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais in the No.14 ROKiT AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet says that the guys in the team have some great ideas for this weekend’s double-header at Texas Motor Speedway, the Genesys 300 and the XPEL 375, home events for the team.
The Frenchman goes into the race following an extremely strong event last time out at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg last weekend where the St Pete reside started the race from fifth and finished tenth and despite a difficult test at Texas last month, Bourdais believes the team will be able to make a step forward this weekend as the NTT IndyCar Series prepares for their third and fourth races in the space of the three weeks.
The Texas doubleheader is obviously a very tough race, it’s always a very challenging event. We were not awesome there in testing but I think they guys have some really good ideas so hopefully we’ll make some good progress and perform as well as Charlie [Kimball] did last year for the team and have a good time two races in a row.
Dalton Kellett in the No.4 K Line Insulator Chevrolet will be making his first Texas Motor Speedway IndyCar start this weekend and speaking ahead of the event he said:
Going into Texas this week which is the third race of our back-to-back season opener stint. Really excited to go back to “No Limits, Texas” as I think the town is called. As they say, they do everything bigger in Texas. It’s the first high-banked oval for me so we were testing there about a month ago. It was great to get an opportunity to be on that track and get familiarized with it before we go into a fast-paced race weekend. There’s not a lot of time to figure stuff out so it’s great that we got to test there and the car felt pretty good. When we were there, it was cold and windy and the track was pretty green so when we go back there hopefully it’s not so much of a go, no go, situation with that sealant that they applied. Maybe the racing will be a little bit better than what we were thinking but if that’s not the case, it will probably come down to strategy and getting good track position.
Team owner and IndyCar legend, Super Tex, AJ Foyt will be attending this weekend’s races at the Texas Motor Speedway, and looking ahead to the race he said:
I’m going to Texas instead of the Derby because I’ve been going to the Derby for many, many years, but I don’t have a horse running there this year. A lot of times on Derby Day, I’d have a horse running, but now I don’t, so I’d rather see my two race cars run. I gave the suite to my grandson Anthony and his wife Casey. I’m hoping for a big weekend in Texas. When you’re in your home state, you don’t like to get beat. I know when I was racing in Texas, I did win some races. So far, the last good race we had was with Billy Boat winning it. We had to back it up the second year because the first year they tried to say we didn’t win it, which we did, so we won it two years straight. I still have the trophy.”