A.J. Foyt Racing moves to Chevrolet for 2017

A.J. Foyt Racing

By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

Just one day after team owner A.J. Foyt’s 82nd birthday, A.J. Foyt Racing (AFR) has finally confirmed their engine provider for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The team confirmed on Tuesday that they’ll make the switch from Honda to Chevrolet in 2017, backing the “bowtie” for the first time since 2005.

Foyt’s team had previously competed with Honda engines from 2006-16.

“We are pleased to welcome AJ Foyt Racing to the Chevrolet IndyCar program,” Mark Kent, Director Chevrolet Motorsports Competition said in a release.  “Chevrolet and Foyt both have long histories in IndyCar racing, including prior opportunities to work together.  We look forward to renewing the partnership and a strong start to the 2017 season.”

AFR is entering a transition year as an organization. Not only will the company be running with a different OEM, they’ll also be fielding new drivers in each of their two teams – Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly, former standouts at Andretti Autosport and Dale Coyne Racing, respectively. Both drivers will run with support from ABC Supply Co.

The organization will hope to see improvement from their sweeping changes after a difficult 2016. Neither of the team’s full-time drivers  –Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth– led laps or earned podiums last season, finishing 17th and 20th in the series standings, respectively. The only laps led by the organization came in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, when Alex Tagliani parlayed a strategy play into 11 laps led in part of a brief two-race stint in a third No. 35 Honda.

The IndyCar season will begin on March 10-12, when the field heads to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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