Foyt against an IMS road race before Indy 500

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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.

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.