AJ Foyt Racing Switches to Chevrolet Engines for 2017 Season

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AJ Foyt Racing has confirmed that they will running Chevrolet-powered cars for their IndyCar team in the 2017 season after running Honda-powered cars in each of the five seasons since the introduction of the DW12 chassis in the 2012 season.

Even after the addition of the Chevrolet engines in 2012, the drivers of AJ Foyt Racing spent five seasons driving cars powered by Honda engines, just as they did with the old cars that were retired after the 2011 season. The team has won just one race over that span, and that win came on the streets of Long Beach, California, when Takuma Sato won the one and only IndyCar race of his career to this point.

The team’s driver lineup from the past two seasons has been identical, with Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth in the no. 14 and no. 41 cars, respectively. However, it is still unknown as to whether or not either driver will be returning to the team in the 2017 season. Sato has been with the team since the 2013 season, and Hawksworth has been with the team since the 2015 season.

Since Chevrolet rejoined the series in 2012, drivers of the Chevrolet-powered cars have won 57 races compared to the 27 victories posted by the drivers of the Honda-powered cars. This past season, the drivers of the Chevrolet-powered cars won all but two of the series’ 16 races. Drivers of the Chevrolet-powered cars have had a pretty clear overall advantage since rejoining the series having been the engine manufacturer of the IndyCar champion in four out of five seasons and winning more races than the drivers of the Honda-powered cars did each season.

-Asher Fair