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


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.”