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Foyt Racing highlights ‘Race 4 Houston’ at Watkins Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – A.J. Foyt Enterprises, the lone Verizon IndyCar Series team that’s based in Texas, has endured a trying week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the team having been temporarily displaced from its Waller, Texas base.

The team is split between Waller and Indianapolis, with its No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Chevrolet of Carlos Munoz temporarily moved to the sister location, which houses the No. 4 Chevrolet driven by Conor Daly.

Among the many ventures to provide aid and relief to the victims affected by the storm is the Race 4 Houston campaign, highlighted by t-shirts on sale this weekend at Watkins Glen.

The Foyt team partnered with the Greater Houston Community Foundation in the effort, and team president Larry Foyt explained the partnership between the two was seamless.

“I knew some people who knew (Houston mayor Sylvester Turner) and Judge Ed Emmett, who set up the HGCF, run that, set up the Harvey fund through there. We knew it was a credible place to help people,” Foyt said on how the effort came together.

The Verizon IndyCar Series paddock has embraced the campaign as well, with decals adorning other entries this weekend. Foyt described that the series’ involvement in the campaign is vital to its impact.

“With our team we have a little bit of reach. But when IndyCar jumped onboard with us, helped us really push it and helped us with the T-shirt campaign, it reaches a whole new group of IndyCar fans and racing fans. Just really appreciative of their efforts,” Foyt expressed.

Foyt added, “(It’s) just great to see all the teams really, because sometimes when you’re away from it, you’re not affected, it can take a backseat. But everybody has been so supportive. It was really cool (during Practice 3), I was watching cars drive by on pit road, seeing the big decals, really pushing the campaign. Really thankful for that.”

Although the team was not able to return to its Waller, Texas shop this week, Foyt did reveal that he and the team managed to emerge from the storm mostly intact.

“We were very lucky. I think of our whole team, we only had one person who had some damage. He was actually shop based, so he was able to be home and see to his issues. No, we all got very lucky.”

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IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race