Out with the new and in with the old.
That’s exactly what’s happening right now at A.J. Foyt Racing as it’s been announced that 42-year-old Tony Kanaan is replacing 25-year-old Carlos Munoz behind the wheel of the no. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
Kanaan will be reunited with race engineer Eric Cowdin, who was also hired recently by A.J. Foyt Racing. The combo of Kanaan and Cowdin are responsible for 15 victories in the Verizon IndyCar Series, including Kanaan’s Indy 500 triumph in 2013, as well as his 2004 IndyCar championship.
Kanaan will spend the majority of his time in Indianapolis during the 2018 IndyCar season, according to a report by Autoweek. This moves coincides with the announcement that Foyt’s No. 14 race team will operate out of his shop in Indianapolis this season, marking the first time it hasn’t operated out of Texas since 1966.
A.J. Foyt’s son, Larry, will manage the team and he’s excited about the wealth of experience and competiveness that Kanaan brings.
?I’m thrilled to have Tony Kanaan joining the team,? Foyt said, according to Road and Track. ?We have known he would be a great fit for our team and our sponsors, and I’m glad the deal came together. Tony wants to win, and we want to win. I know he and I will be pushing each other to get the best results we can. With the new aero kit, I feel Tony’s experience in many different iterations of Indy cars will be a great asset as we prepare and test for the upcoming season.?
While A.J. Foyt Racing plans to run two cars this season, the second driver has yet to be announced.
One thing is clear though and that’s Kanaan is the unquestioned team leader.