AJ Foyt Racing, located 20 miles northwest of Houston, has been competing at the top levels of motorsports since December 1965, over 50 years. With Foyt driving, his team won two Indianapolis 500s and three national Indy car championships. Since his retirement from driving in 1993, the team has continued to win, claiming two more national titles and the 1999 Indianapolis 500 with driver Kenny Brack.
Owner of the No. 14 and No. 4 ABC Supply Racing Chevrolets
Birthdate: January 16, 1935
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Children: Tony (A.J. III), Terry, Jerry, Larry
Nickname: Super Tex
Interests: Ranching, working on his bulldozers, hunting, football
Facebook: AJ Foyt Racing
President of A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Residence: Hockley, Texas
Education: Texas Christian University – B.S. Communications
Larry Foyt was named president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises in January 2015 after serving as team director since October 2006. He is responsible for managing its day-to-day activities. A graduate of Texas Christian University, Foyt raced for his father in NASCAR’s Busch (Infinity) and Nextel (Sprint) Cup division and in three Indianapolis 500s before assuming his executive role at AJ Foyt Racing.
Birthplace: Halsey, Nebraska
Child: Daughter, 15
Education: B.S. Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1991; M.S. Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech, 1993
Interests: Travel outside of work, cycling, boating
Eric Cowdin, the ABC Supply teams technical director, thrives on challenges. With a record of proven results—many of which come from his time working with Tony Kanaan—Cowdin is looking forward to this season as he also takes on the role of race engineer for the No. 14 Chevrolet.
Vice President of Operations
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana
Residence: Danville, Indiana
Education: Technical school
Interests: Riding and working on my Harley Davidson
Scott joins the team in 2019 as the vice president of operations. He will oversee the operation of the race shops in Waller and Indianapolis. Harner spent the last 25 years at Chip Ganassi Racing, where he worked in a variety of roles, eventually leaving as team manager. His experience in nearly every facet of the race team will prove invaluable in his new role.
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
Residence: Hockley, Texas
Children: Heidi (23), Holly (21)
Education: High school – Three years of college
Hired as the team’s director in 2015. A 30-year-veteran of Indy car racing, Klotz had worked 11 years as the team manager of Andretti Autosport prior to returning to Foyt. Klotz was a mechanic at AJ Foyt Racing in 1990-1991 when Foyt was still driving.
Residence: Waller, Texas
Craig Baranouski is the team manager, a position he has held since 2000. He joined the team at the end of the 1986 season as a mechanic. Formerly, he worked at Patrick Racing (1986) and Brayton Engineering (early 1980s). Baranouski was named chief mechanic in 1987 when A.J. Foyt was still driving, and team manager three years later.
ENTERING ITS 15TH YEAR OF RACING WITH THE FOYT TEAM, THE COMPANY HAS BEEN A MODEL OF HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY LEVERAGE A SPONSORSHIP.
ABC Supply began its association with AJ Foyt Racing in 2005 after a meeting in the Foyt team’s headquarters with Ken Hendricks, the company’s co-founder along with wife Diane, and David Luck, the company president. The deal initially presented was to sponsor a car just for the Indianapolis 500, but after that meeting, Foyt had a three-year contract with a company that had never been involved in motorsports sponsorship.
Entering its 15th year of racing with the Foyt team, the company has been a model of how to successfully leverage a sponsorship. The company has entertained over 120,000 guests, many of whom had never seen an Indy car race. Now the longest continuous team sponsor in the NTT IndyCar® Series, the company has used the platform to reinforce their image as the market leader in the wholesale exterior building materials industry.
The first race driver to pilot the No. 14 ABC Supply Racing car was A.J. Foyt IV, the legendary owner’s grandson who at the age of 19 was the youngest driver to ever start the Indy 500. In the past, eight different drivers have piloted the No. 14 Honda-powered car with varying degrees of success. Darren Manning claimed a runner-up finish at Watkins Glen in 2008. Vitor Meira posted an inspiring third place finish in Brazil in 2010 in his first race since breaking his back in the 2009 Indy 500. Mike Conway claimed a third place finish in Toronto for the team, but it was Takuma Sato who claimed the team’s first win in over a decade with his victory in the prestigious Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2013. He followed that up with a stirring runner-up finish in the next race in Brazil.
In 2015, with the support of ABC Supply, the team expanded to two full-time entries as rising star Jack Hawksworth joined the team. Experiencing some growing pains in the first two years, Foyt’s ABC Supply team underwent several significant changes to strengthen it to become a consistent contender in the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series.
Those changes included a switch from Honda to Chevrolet power and aero kits, plus a totally revamped No. 41 team. The team became the No. 4 team and based in Foyt’s Indianapolis race shop to take advantage of the experienced personnel available in that area.
AJ Foyt Racing continued its development in 2018 by hiring Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 IndyCar champion. He paired with renowned race engineer Eric Cowdin, who was involved in 15 of Kanaan’s 17 victories. With Kanaan moving to Indy, the team relocated the No. 14 to the Indianapolis shop while the No. 4 now operates out of the team headquarters in Waller, Texas.
Both men are returning for 2019 as is Matheus Leist, who showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie year. IndyCar veteran Scott Harner joined the team in 2019 as vice president of operations, bringing 26 years of experience to his new role. The team is looking forward to a very productive season.
2019 Dallara Chassis
Manufacturer: Dallara Automobili, Italy.
Model: Fourth-generation Dallara IR-12 chassis (2012-present).
Construction: Monocoque contains cockpit, fuel cell and front suspension; engine is stressed (integral) member of chassis; rear assembly contains bell housing, gearbox and rear suspension members.
Materials: Carbon fiber, Kevlar and other composites.
Weight: Approximately 1,620 pounds (road/street/short ovals) and 1,590 pounds (superspeedways); does not include fuel/driver/drink bottle and contents/driver equivalency weight.
Length: 196 inches.
Width: 79.050 inches; Front wing width: 76.150 inches (road/street/short ovals); 70.090 (superspeedways); Rear wing width: 44.755 inches (road/street/short ovals); 52.3 (superspeedways).
Height: Approximately 40 inches.
Wheelbase: 117.5 to 121.5 inches.
Wheel size front: 15 inches diameter, 10 inches wide; minimum weight: 13.48 pounds.
Wheel size rear: 15 inches diameter, 14 inches wide; minimum weight: 14.7 pounds.
Tires: Firestone Firehawk.
Front diameter: 26 inches maximum, 25 inches minimum @ 35 psi.
Rear diameter: 27.5 inches maximum, 26.5 inches minimum @ 35 psi.
Brakes: PFC six-piston, monobloc aluminum calipers, with lightweight
carbon brake discs.
Suspension: Double wishbone, independent pushrod suspension with
anti-roll bars (front and rear).
Dampers: Adjustable, coil over damper.
Gearbox: XTRAC #1011 gearbox; six forward gears, one reverse gear;
Mega-Line Assisted Gear Shift (paddle shift).
Fuel cell: Single, rupture-proof cell, 18.5 U.S. gallons (standard).
2019 Chevrolet Engine Specifications
Model: Chevy IndyCar V6.
Type: 2.2-liter (234.25 cubic inches), twin-turbocharged V-6,
maximum bore diameter 95 millimeters.
Weight: Minimum weight 248 pounds.
RPM: 12,000 maximum (INDYCAR-supplied rev limiter).
Turbocharging: Twin BorgWarner 6758 turbochargers.
Maximum boost pressure (above atmosphere):
300 mbar / 4.35 psi (superspeedways).
400 mbar / 5.8 psi (short ovals).
500 mbar / 7.25 psi (road/street courses).
600 mbar / 8.70 psi (push-to-pass).
Power: Estimated 550-700 horsepower, depending on turbo boost pressure used at track.
Fuel: Sunoco E85R fuel (blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline).
Injectors: Maximum two injectors per cylinder, one for direct injection,
300 bar maximum fuel system pressure (4,351 psi).
Engine control unit: McLaren Applied Technologies TAG 400i.
Throttle: Drive-by-wire controlled port throttles.