Jumping the Gun on Foyt IV

Posted by Iannucci | 1/30/2007 | 1 comments »
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Perhaps you have been wondering why Vision Racing hasn’t officially announced any of there drivers yet. Perhaps you think Tony George is just mysterious and weird about his team. Perhaps you don’t care. Regardless, if you go to their new Vision Racing web site you can plainly see three drivers listed. AJ Foyt IV has never driven in an IndyCar for Vision, but he’s listed as one of the three.

And while everyone (present company included) has been reporting that Quattro has landed a deal with Vision, Dave Lewandowski of IndyCar.com has a different story.

Foyt, who competed with Vision Racing in the 45th Rolex 24 At Daytona, will be behind the wheel of the No. 22 Honda-powered Dallara Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 on a 2.73-mile, 10-turn road course.

Foyt, 22, said he hopes a deal can be worked out with team co-owners Tony and Laura George and Patrick Dempsey to run the 17-race IndyCar Series season that begins March 24 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That 1.5-mile oval will host an Open Test on Feb. 21-22.
In other words, he’s slated to drive a car if he can manage to gain some sponsorship dollars. The tone of the article mentions that he may be trying to prove some success on during testing at the Daytona road course this week, since he doesn’t have much non-oval experience in recent years. With five road/street courses on the docket this season it will be crucial for all drivers to prove their proficiency with right turns.

So Quattro’s in...but not quite. Silly Season, indeed.

1 comments

  1. Joe // January 30, 2007 12:40 PM  

    The IndyCar Series sometimes has to wait on certain paperwork before things can be official. For instance, I don't know how many times that everyone in the world knows that a driver change is being made during the month of May, but the entry list hasn't been updated because the offical form hasn't gne to N-1 (IRL garage).

    But, yeah, it's curious as to why it's still not official.