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The newly expanded group has gone from bad to worse and the ailing AJ can’t be happy about it, despite his public pronouncements. Here are the numbers for what the Texas based team itself recently called a “tough season.”
The Team’s eponymous and ornery octogenarian owner’s health remains a major concern, but their troubles go well beyond AJ’s age. All the Honda teams struggled early in the season with those hideously overdone aero kits and lack of power; however, Rahal nearly won the championship and Ryan Hunter-Reay rebounded for a decent year – both in Hondas – so some success certainly was attainable. For AJ Foyt Racing though, it wasn’t. Their nadir unfortunately came during the series’ biggest event – our Indy 500 race review was tellingly entitled “Foyt’s Foul Ups Edition.”
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AJ’s two drivers have a combined single career win between them, it belonging to Takuma Sato. That’s right, one IndyCar win. We’ve been calling for the diminutive Japanese’s sacking since 2014, back when he showed more potential than he has of late. Hawksworth‘s flashes of promise his rookie year with Bryan Herta Autosport were nowhere to be seen in 2015. The team hilariously Tweeted out “huge thanks to our drivers for a solid effort” recently, which leads us to believe no seismic changes are imminent – and that’s seriously unfunny.
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On the up side, at least this less than dynamic driving duo kept the crashes to a minimum – other than at Indy – though they both went through their fair share of noses and at Mid Ohio Sato was actually forced to retire because they’d used them all up. Sato finished 14th in the championship with only one top five finish all season – a second in Detroit’s second race – while Hawksworth regressed in his sophomore year finishing 17th in the standings with no top fives. In fairness the English lad did have five top tens. On the bright side, both drivers were running at the finish in twelve of the sixteen races, or three quarters of the time. By comparison ROY Gabby “Pat” Chavez driving a Honda for the single car BHA finished 15th with two top tens, running at the finish a remarkable fifteen times. That’s androgynous hot!
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AJ’s son Larry took over the management of the team a few years ago and it showed some initial improvement, but the addition of a second car this season for the first time in years didn’t help matters and seemingly made them worse. In a series full of up and coming young talent, it’s time for Foyt Racing to reload and regroup before next year.
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When you’re getting soundly beaten by single car teams with the same engine supplier and even a rookie driver, some big time changes need to be made. ABC Supply‘s been such a good and loyal sponsor for the team for so many years it deserves better. So does the first four time winner of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
2015 Grade: F
2015 Midseason Grade: D-
2014 Grade: D-