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
Birthdate: February 22, 1977
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
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, who joins the ABC Supply team as 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.
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
Birthdate: November 22, 1960
Residence: Hockley, Texas
Children: Heidi (22), Holly (20)
Education: High school – Three years of college
Hired as the team’s director in 2015. A 28-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.
Birthdate: December 15, 1959
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 14th 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 110,000 guests, many of whom had never seen an Indy car race. Now the longest continuous team sponsor in the Verizon 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 19-year-old grandson who is 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 Verizon IndyCar Series.
Those changes include a switch from Honda to Chevrolet power and aero kits, plus a totally revamped No. 41 team. The team is now the No. 4 team and is based in Foyt’s Indianapolis race shop to take advantage of the experienced personnel available in that area.
Carlos Muñoz, the 25-year-old Colombian who twice has finished second in the Indianapolis 500 in four tries, was the driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet, while Conor Daly, also 25, who drove for Foyt in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 only, rejoined the team as the pilot of the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
A disappointing season in 2017 prompted more changes. The 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan was hired to drive the No. 14 along with his longtime and very successful engineer Eric Cowdin, who will do double duty as the team’s technical director and Kanaan’s race engineer. Rookie Matheus “Matt” Leist, a 19-year-old Brazilian who won three races in the Indy Lights Series, will pilot the No. 4 Chevrolet. The crews also switched cars with the No. 14 operating out of the Indianapolis shop and the No. 4 out of the team’s headquarters in Waller, Texas.
The debut of the universal aero kit in 2018 helps to level the playing field in the Verizon IndyCar Series with all teams starting at square one in figuring out the cars’ optimal setups and drivers’ preferences. Confident in their ability to succeed in 2018, Foyt’s ABC Supply team is invigorated by the challenges that lie ahead of them.
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.