In IndyCar Racing, A.J. Foyt is more than just a driver and a car owner, he is an icon. Since 1965 Foyt has been a driving force in the IndyCar world on and off of the track. While an active driver, Foyt entered into a longtime partnership with Kalamazoo, Michigan businessman Jim Gilmore, and raced under the Gilmore-Foyt Racing name for many years. Together the duo won two Indianapolis 500s and three national IndyCar Championships.
Since retiring as a driver in 1993, Foyt has continued his involvement in racing as owner of A. J. Foyt Enterprises fielding cars in the CART series, then the Indy Racing League (IRL) and NASCAR. The team has continued its success claiming two additional IndyCar Series Titles with pilots Scott Sharp (1996) and Kenny Brack (1998), and one Indianapolis 500 victory in 1999 with Kenny Brack in the cockpit taking Foyt to Victory Lane at the Brickyard for the fifth time.
Vitor Meira had signed to drive for Foyt in 2009, replacing the incumbent Darren Manning. However, an injury at Indianapolis forced him to the sidelines for the remainder of 2009. After Paul Tracy and A.J. Foyt took turns driving, Ryan Hunter-Reay eventually settled in as a permanent replacement for the 2009 season. In 2010, Meira returns from his injury, and the combination looks to capture their first win together.
|IndyCar Series Drivers|
|#4 Matheus Leist
|#14 Tony Kanaan|
|Teamowner:||A. J. Foyt|
|First race:||1979 (CART), 1996 (IndyCar)|