It’s not the pivotal piece in the IZOD IndyCar Series silly season but as one of few paying rides, without the need for a driver to bring sponsorship, A.J. Foyt’s No. 14 ABC Supply Honda is still a plum seat on the grid.
Foyt said Wednesday it’s likely he’ll keep Honda and driver Takuma Sato for next year.
“Well, we’ll be with Honda, and we’ll probably be with Sato,” Foyt said in a Wednesday teleconference. “We’ve got a pretty good combination going. I think we’re going to work out everything. I definitely know we’ll probably be with Honda. They’re coming out with some new stuff. They’ve got a little bit to catch up with the Chevrolet products and the superspeedways. Now on the road course and all that, Honda holds their own. But on some of the big tracks, I think maybe the Chevrolet has a little bit more power than we do. At least it’s proven that way, but they’re working hard. Honda’s a very good company, and they’ve been good to us. So it looks like we’ll be with Honda.”
Sato emerged as the points leader heading into Indianapolis on the strength of his first career win at Long Beach, and the first for Foyt’s team since 2002. But from Indianapolis onwards, Sato has had a miserable run of events, with just one top-10 finish in 12 races (Milwaukee) and seven consecutive finishes of 20th or worse heading into Houston.
Foyt also rubbished the suggestion of running a second car next year, saying he’d rather do it right. Foyt traditionally runs a second car at the Indianapolis 500.
“The way I look at that, I would like to run two cars again, but getting a proper sponsor and doing it 100 percent,” he said, “I’m not doing it until we can do it right. It only takes one car to win the race, and I know it makes it easier when you’ve got a team with two or three cars, because if something happens to one, you’ve got a good back up on the next one. But I’d like to go back to a two‑car team, but at the same time, it takes a lot of money now. If you can’t do it right, there is no sense in trying to do it.”
Foyt returned to the track for the first time in months at Tuesday’s manufacturer test in Fontana, Calif., ahead of his home race in Houston next month.