A.J. Foyt has always said he didn’t make the Indianapolis 500; rather, the Indianapolis 500 made him.
And the four-time 500 champion, one of North America’s greatest racers, said Wednesday he’d like the month of May to stay just for the ‘500 rather than adopt the mooted road course race at the Speedway.
“In my own opinion, I would hate to see that because Indianapolis 500 has been like the Kentucky Derby. It’s a legend race, and I think it would take a little bit from the 500,” Foyt said.
He added the timing would be fine if it was later in the year.
“Now after the 500, mid‑year, something like that, that would probably be fine,” he admitted. “But I’d hate to see it interfere with the Indy 500 maybe a week or two before it opens. I don’t think it’s a good deal, and that’s my personal opinion. I know a lot of people probably think it would be good, but I don’t think you’d have that many people there. I just think it would take away something from the Indy 500. That’s the way I feel.”
Others such as current drivers Graham Rahal and Ryan Briscoe, who tested on the IMS road course earlier this month, and Rahal’s father, team owner and 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby have spoken out in support of the road course race.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.
Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.
Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.
With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.
“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.
“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”
Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.
Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.
You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.