A.J. Foyt Enterprises expands back to two full-time entries for the first time in more than a decade, as the team boss and living legend that is A.J. turns 80 this year.
Team: A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Engine/aero kits: Honda
Sponsors: ABC Supply Co. (Nos. 14, 41)
Pole Positions: 2 (Sato)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 368 (Sato 350, Plowman 18)
Laps Led: 66 (Sato)
Championship Position: 18th (Sato), 34th (Plowman)
2015 LINEUP (Engineers in parentheses)
14 Takuma Sato (Don Halliday)
41 Jack Hawksworth (Raul Prados)
2014 RECAP (Sato driver recap)
Whereas 2013 for Takuma Sato and A.J. Foyt Enterprises vacillated between ultimate highs and ultimate lows, 2014 featured fewer mistakes, but also a high, unusual and unfortunate amount of bad luck. Sato scored two well-judged pole positions and was basically the price of admission on his own in Houston race one, before he and Mikhail Aleshin collided to end their race. Three top-six finishes in the final five races provided a needed results boost to end the season on something of a high note, even if wins and podiums were lacking.
The Larry Foyt-led team returns to a two-car lineup for a full season for the first time in more than a decade, and could well be a surprise team – potentially challenging Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to be as high as second in Honda’s pecking order behind Andretti Autosport. Sato and engineer Don Halliday have two years together to build off of. Hawksworth is overflowing with potential and armed with a teammate, should build on what he showed as a rookie. A win for either is possible and you’d have to think a handful of podiums could be in the cards.