IndyCar 2015 team preview: A.J. Foyt Enterprises

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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)

2014 STATS

Races: 18
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
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.

2015 OUTLOOK

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.

Relive the 1911 Indy 500 in living color

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Race fans and historians will have an opportunity to relive the 1911 Indy 500 in color this Sunday, November 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

Airing on the Smithsonian Channel as part of their America in Color series, a colorized version of the first Indy 500 highlights a race that began a tradition more than 100 years old.

The Indy 500 helped establish the auto racing industry and part of the episode deals with the lives of the Ford, Firestone and Edison families.

On board mechanics were a fixture of racing at the time – in part because they also served as spotters. On Lap 90 Joe Jagersberger (running three laps down at the time) broke a steering mount and his rider tumbled onto the track, causing Harry Knight to careen into the pits – which had no wall separating it from the track. Remarkably, no one was killed.

The documentary describes how Ray Harroun likely won because of his use of a rear view mirror that allowed him to drive without an on board mechanic. Innovation in that inaugural race set the tone for racing today.

Harroun beat Ralph Mumford by a margin of 103 seconds in a race that took six hours, 42 minutes to run.