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.”
“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.