Can Sato and/or Hawksworth deliver a big home result for Foyt in Texas?

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and so are the expectations for A.J. Foyt Enterprises at the legend’s home race.

The A.J. Foyt-named, and Larry Foyt-led team is coming off easily its best result of the season last weekend in Detroit. Takuma Sato finished second on Sunday and Jack Hawksworth finished seventh in both races, the latter despite being contacted by Sage Karam twice.

Although Foyt’s team has a new Indianapolis location, it’s still primarily based in Waller, and with Houston off the schedule this marks the only true home race for the squad this year.

Both Sato (No. 14) and Hawksworth (No. 41) look to improve upon finishes of 18th and 15th a year ago in the pair of ABC Supply Co. Hondas.

“Texas Motor Speedway is a thrilling track,” Sato said. “It has got the steepest bank in the Verizon IndyCar Series and that gives us a lot of exciting racing. We can go side-by-side more often and sometimes even three-wide, although the recent reduction of downforce makes it quite challenging.

“I think Texas gives fans and us, as drivers, always great racing. As we are a Texas-based team, it’s our home race too. We have lots of support from the fans and many of the crew’s families come to the race, so I am really looking forward to having another strong weekend.”

Added Hawksworth, “I really enjoy this oval. It’s very quick and the high banking makes for some good racing. There are a lot of different lines that you can take and tire degradation makes the race very interesting strategically. And I like the ovals at night. It’s spectacular for the fans to watch the cars under the lights. There’s a real stadium atmosphere and as a driver that’s something I truly enjoy.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold