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J. R. Hildebrand will attempt to qualify for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 in a fourth entry for A. J. Foyt Racing. 2021 is the first time in 20 years that Foyt will have four entries for the race.
ABC Supply returns as primary sponsor. The company was the full time sponsor for Foyt through the 2019 season. The car will carry the number 1 and have a tribute livery resembling the paint scheme on Foyt’s 1961 Indianapolis 500 winning car. The number 1, normally reserved for the NTT Indycar series champion, was loaned to the Foyt team by Chip Ganassi Racing. Ganassi has been reluctant to use the number 1 on his cars the year after one of his drivers has won the championship,
“Chip was very gracious about letting us use the number 1,” Larry Foyt said.
Hildebrand will be looking to make his 11th consecutive 500. In 2011, he was leading heading into the fourth turn of lap 200 when he went wide hit the wall, Dan Wheldon passed him to win. Hildebrand slid down the track past the finish line and finished second. he had thre3e straight top 10 finishes-10th in 2014, 8th in 2015 and 6th in 2016. Hildebrand has completed all 200 laps eight times.
A. J. Foyt said he was happy to have ABC Supply returning fpor the 500. “They’re more like family than sponsorship,” he said.
I really like the look of this car. It definitely looks like the 1961 roadster. Now if they can just find a way to get a Bowes Seal Fast sticker on it somewhere.