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Old 27 Apr 2021, 17:08 (Ref:4048130)   #5476
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A bit of a suprised. Would nice to see a young driver alongside Pagenaud, Newgarden and McLaughlin.



In IndyCar there are a lot of long-time drivers for the same team:
- Scott Dixon at Ganassi since 2002!
- Will Power at Penske since 2009
- Ryan Hunter-Reay at Andretti since 2010
- Graham Rahal at Rahal Letterman Lanigan since 2013


In Formula you only have Hamilton at Mercedes (since 2013) and Verstappen (since 2016) with long stints. Leclerc has a Ferrari contract until 2024.

It's not unusual in IndyCar for a driver to stay with a team for a long period. Rick Mears drove for Penske from 1978-1992. Gordon Johncock, though he moved around a bit in the early years of his career, raced for Patrick Racing from 1973-1984, with whom he won the Indy 500 twice. Hélio Castroneves drove for Penske from 2000 until 2019 in both CART and the IRL. Little Al did two stints, first with Galles Racing, from 1983 - '93 and then with TeamPenske from1994 - 1999. Al Unser Sr, raced with Vel's Parnelli Jones racing from1969 - 1977 and Michael Andretti raced with Newman-Hass from 1989- 2000.
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Old 27 Apr 2021, 19:10 (Ref:4048150)   #5477
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It's not unusual in IndyCar for a driver to stay with a team for a long period. Rick Mears drove for Penske from 1978-1992. Gordon Johncock, though he moved around a bit in the early years of his career, raced for Patrick Racing from 1973-1984, with whom he won the Indy 500 twice. Hélio Castroneves drove for Penske from 2000 until 2019 in both CART and the IRL. Little Al did two stints, first with Galles Racing, from 1983 - '93 and then with TeamPenske from1994 - 1999. Al Unser Sr, raced with Vel's Parnelli Jones racing from1969 - 1977 and Michael Andretti raced with Newman-Hass from 1989- 2000.
A wonderful list Mssr bjs.

I'm so ashamed though, as you forgot the man that stuck with one team for 28 years..... vvv




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.......one A.J. Foyt. ('65-'92 for A.J. Foyt Enterprises)
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Old 27 Apr 2021, 19:47 (Ref:4048158)   #5478
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A wonderful list Mssr bjs.

I'm so ashamed though, as you forgot the man that stuck with one team for 28 years..... vvv




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.......one A.J. Foyt. ('65-'92 for A.J. Foyt Enterprises)

I didn't want to labour the point but indeed, the legendary A.J. Foyt. Though he did form a longtime partnership with businessman Jim Gilmore, racing under the name Gilmore Racing from 1973-1984.
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I didn't want to labour the point but indeed, the legendary A.J. Foyt. Though he did form a longtime partnership with businessman Jim Gilmore, racing under the name Gilmore Racing from 1973-1984.
Yup. Also not meaning to be "too picky", The partnership was still Foyt's team. It was out of Foyt's shop (along with other endeavours like sprint cars, NASCAR and, at least one 962....or was that out of Henn's?)
There was a trivia book a friend had about 30 years ago that asked "What was AJ Foyt's 1977 500 winning car?"
It's answer was "The Sheraton-Thompson Special."
He wouldn't believe what I was telling him....."It's right there in black and white."
I had to zip home to grab one of my racing books to prove to him that the car was, in reality, a Coyote, not a "Sheraton-Thompson Special" He finally was convinced that that was just part of the sponsorship deal.
Finish Start Driver....Car # .... Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Laps Status Points
1 .........4....A. J. Foyt 14 Sheraton-Thompson Coyote Ford 200 3:18:24.22 151.207 1,000


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Old 27 Apr 2021, 20:56 (Ref:4048166)   #5480
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Yup. Also not meaning to be "too picky", The partnership was still Foyt's team. It was out of Foyt's shop (along with other endeavours like sprint cars, NASCAR and, at least one 962....or was that out of Henn's?)

Yes, that's what I would expect and he also drove the car. I presume a lot of the funding came from Gilmore, hence his name on the side of the car?



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There was a trivia book a friend had about 30 years ago that asked "What was AJ Foyt's 1977 500 winning car?"

It's answer was "The Sheraton-Thompson Special."
He wouldn't believe what I was telling him....."It's right there in black and white."
I had to zip home to grab one of my racing books to prove to him that the car was, in reality, a Coyote, not a "Sheraton-Thompson Special" He finally was convinced that that was just part of the sponsorship deal.
Finish Start Driver....Car # .... Sponsor/Name Chassis Engine Laps Status Points
1 .........4....A. J. Foyt 14 Sheraton-Thompson Coyote Ford 200 3:18:24.22 151.207 1,000



That's an interesting answer in the trivia book, about the 1977 500 winning car being ''The Sheraton-Thompson Special'', I always thought it was a Coyote? The Wikipedia entry, not that they always get it right, lists the car entry on the grid, as the Gilmore Racing Special and the car as a Coyote-Foyt V8.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_I...polis_500#Grid
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Old 28 Apr 2021, 01:34 (Ref:4048184)   #5481
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Yes, that's what I would expect and he also drove the car. I presume a lot of the funding came from Gilmore, hence his name on the side of the car?

That's an interesting answer in the trivia book, about the 1977 500 winning car being ''The Sheraton-Thompson Special'', I always thought it was a Coyote?
You're correct. (That's what I originally posted.........

"I'm so ashamed though, as you forgot the man that stuck with one team for 28 years..... .......one A.J. Foyt. ('65-'92 for A.J. Foyt Enterprises) "

and.....

"I had to zip home to grab one of my racing books to prove to him that the car was, in reality, a Coyote, not a "Sheraton-Thompson Special". He finally was convinced that that was just part of the sponsorship deal.
Finish Start ..Driver....Car # .... Sponsor/Name ......Chassis Engine Laps. Status .................. Points
1 .........4....A. J. Foyt .. 14 ... Sheraton-Thompson Coyote . Ford . 200 . 3:18:24.22 151.207 1,000"

My friend made a copy of my proof and stuck it in his book at that page.....

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Old 28 Apr 2021, 08:33 (Ref:4048209)   #5482
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Interesting look back. Interesting AJ stayed with that team for so long, but then he was doing it all himself, so why not? I'm always fascinated by these old Indy races, especially with names like AJ. There are plenty of good books out there no doubt
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Interesting look back. Interesting AJ stayed with that team for so long, but then he was doing it all himself, so why not? I'm always fascinated by these old Indy races, especially with names like AJ. There are plenty of good books out there no doubt
If you didn't qualify your statement I was going to ask, why wouldn't he stay with his own team? 'Wouldn't say much to potential sponsors if you didn't believe in yourself.

Regarding the books.....absolutely. When I was knee high to a grasshopper, I'd even find fictional books about the 500, so BIG it was at the time......

'Sure 't'ain't what it used to be these days....barely enuff entries to fill the field.
And the spec/kit cars....ooohhhh the stinkin' Dallaras.......
....I "jones" for the diversity and innovation of yore....the number of entries.....
http://www.champcarstats.com/races/196703.htm
http://www.champcarstats.com/tracks/indianapolis.htm

At least I caught the tail end of the good times ('59 or '60 on up). Back in the '60s and '70s, living in NY, I'd subscribe to the Indianapolis Star (newspaper; Sports section had pages each day of activity and latest news) for the month of may to keep up with the daily action. 'Soon as I got home from school I'd hit the mail box....
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Guess he's really not running the 500 guys. Jimmie has signed to be in the second booth for the 500. The Peacock Pit box with Tirico (poor bstrd), Danica (why?) and a Hendrick Motorsport guy (why, that's Nascar thanks but go away)

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No guess about it. Ever since his announcing trying Indy cars, he stated no ovals. As ever tho'.....things can change. Just not this year per Jimmie (I'll try to find that).....
I've got a feeling he's not, even next year (second and last of the contract).
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It is nice to see new sponsors in the sport, shows that there is at least some interest from the outside world.
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It is nice to see new sponsors in the sport, shows that there is at least some interest from the outside world.
Fits perfectly with the volatile nature of F1.
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Cody Ware may have finally run out of money or Coyne decided to grow a spine and reject a check from a massively unqualified driver.

https://racer.com/2021/05/12/35-car-...try-announced/

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Yeah, except Bitcoin isn’t sponsoring anything. It couldn’t anyway.
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It is nice to see new sponsors in the sport, shows that there is at least some interest from the outside world.
Ed isn't putting it on the car from Bitcoin but rather from you and I. The car is crowdfunded through Strike and maybe Ed makes some more money on his Bitcoin investment.

Yeah, sure dude: "“Ed’s message is simple; he doesn’t want to race for potato chips or soft drinks at the Indy 500,” said Jack Mallers, founder of Strike. “This year, Ed is racing for human freedom, financial literacy, financial inclusivity, and is using the platform he’s earned throughout his career to promote the most powerful message possible in pushing humanity forward. We’re tremendously proud to support his efforts."
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