No one really knew what to expect out of the AJ Foyt Racing camp for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The last four-in-a-half years have seen the once prominent organization among the series’ worst. The last win for them came way back in 2013 at Long Beach.
Last year, they struggled out of the gates, but that was a testament from the late switch from Honda to Chevrolet in the offseason, to go along with two new drivers for the team. With limited testing, it would time some time for them to gel.
Once July hit, they got some more test time and the speed came. They finished the year contending again. But, they fired both drivers for some reason this offseason and replaced them with two Brazilians, one of which having zero INDYCAR seat time.
With a new car and one of the two seats having inexperience, would it be another transition year for the Foyt camp?
After this weeks testing, I’d say no actually.
The team had a very good test at Sonoma on Monday, then followed that up with rookie Matheus Leist leading the rookie test at ISM Raceway on Thursday and being fourth and 10th respectively on the speed charts for Friday’s test.
Tony Kanaan has been extremely quick with him being third and fifth respectively on Friday himself.
It appears that this team may be geling and could be a contender after all. That’s great for the series to have. Leist, appears to be the real deal and Kanaan is getting a chance to end his career on a high note.