- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Foyt To Field Austin In '500'

A.J. Foyt Racing announced Saturday the signing of Chase Austin to pilot a 2nd entry for the team in next year's Indianapolis 500.

“My son Larry and I have watched Chase drive and we want to give him a chance,” said A.J. Foyt. “What I like about him is that he has driven all types of race cars with different horsepower in his career, and I believe that’s important when evaluating talent. He’s done a real good job in the Lights series, and I believe he can qualify for the Indy 500 with Honda on board.”

The entry is backed by a partnership with American Honda and Starting Grid, Inc., an 18-year-old organization meant to 'facilitate equal opportunities for minority participation within all facets of the motorsports industry'.

“For me to say that I am anything other than excited about this opportunity to compete in the Indianapolis 500 with AJ Foyt Racing and Honda next year, would pretty much be an understatement," said Austin. "However, at the end of the day, I will have a job to do and that is what Chris and A.J. will be expecting out of me.”

With two starts under his belt at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Freedom 100, the Kansas native will attempt to become the 3rd African American to compete in the Indianapolis 500.

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