Foyt Holds Off Competitors For Pro Series Win; Third Win In Four Races For Driver
A.J. Foyt, IV, has dominated the early portions of the inaugural Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series season. That continued as he won from the pole on Sunday's Kentucky 100 at Kentucky Speedway , giving him his third victory in four races.
"Everything's been going our way, all the luck falling our way," Foyt said. "All the Harrah's guys from the IRL crew helping us out a whole lot setting this car up perfect. My grandpa (four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J.) is doing a great job setting the car up."
Prior to winning in Kentucky, Foyt had claimed wins in Kansas and Michigan. He was also the pole winner in Kansas.
His celebration will be short-lived. "I'm about to go change right-front tire on Airton Dare's car so he can go out and do what I just did," said Foyt. Dare is one of the 25 drivers in this afternoon's Indy Racing League Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. "I'm going to do the best I can on that now. I just got to focus on doing my job on that, try to keep the win aside for a little while at least until the race is over."
Foyt had to hold off Ed Carpenter for the win. For Carpenter, it his best finish of the year. He has now placed in the top five in all four races this season. Last night, Carpenter won a USA C Sprint race in Salem, Ind.
Cory Witherill finished third. Ronnie Johncox and Matt Beardsley rounded out the top five.
As the race was getting underway, the Indy Racing League released the following statement regarding the status of Infinity Pro Series driver Jason Priestley who was injured in a crash during a practice session on Sunday morning.
The statement came from Dr. Henry Bock, the medical services director of the Indy Racing League.
"Jason Priestley, driver of the No. 7 HomeMed Pharmacy Dallar/Infiniti/Firestone, is stable after an accident Aug. 11 in an Infiniti Pro Series practice session at Kentucky Speedway," said Dr. Bock in his statement. "Priestley was transported by air to the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, where he is undergoing further tests. He is listed in serious condition. Updates will be released by the Indy Racing League when available."