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IndyCar 2023 season overview: AJ Foyt Racing

#14 – Santino Ferrucci, 19th in championship standings (219 points) – 17 races 0 wins, 1 podium, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 0 poles, 1 Fast Six Appearance Best Finish: 3rd (Indianapolis 500) Best Start: 4th (Indianapolis 500) #55 – Benjamin Pedersen, 27th in championship standings (129 points) – 17 races 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 top fives

IndyCar 2023 season overview: AJ Foyt Racing

#14 – Santino Ferrucci, nineteenth in championship standings (219 factors) – 17 races

  • 0 wins, 1 podium, 1 high 5, 1 high 10, 0 poles, 1 Quick Six Look
  • Finest End: third (Indianapolis 500)
  • Finest Begin: 4th (Indianapolis 500)

#55 – Benjamin Pedersen, twenty seventh in championship standings (129 factors) – 17 races

  • 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 high fives, 0 high 10, 0 poles, 0 Quick Six Look
  • Finest End: fifteenth (Texas)
  • Finest Begin: tenth (Street America)

Joey Barnes: There have been little expectations for a squad going into the 12 months with a rookie in Pedersen, and Ferrucci who had solely run eight races – for 3 separate groups – in 2021-22. It was identified the season could be an uphill battle, which put a crucial emphasis on the Indianapolis 500, the place Ferrucci shined and, if not for a late warning that negated his outdoors cross to problem for the lead on a late restart, might need received the entire thing. Nonetheless, he completed a career-best third in what was with out query one of the best efficiency by him and the organisation all season.

Qualifying put Foyt behind to start out the weekend, but Ferrucci was in a position to enhance on his beginning place in 11 of 17 races. In the meantime, Pedersen superior from his qualifying place on six events. Even nonetheless, Pedersen completed twentieth or worse in 15 of 17 races and ended the season final within the standings amongst full-timers, and in addition behind 4 drivers that ran a partial schedule.

The silver lining was proven with the Indy 500 efficiency, which demonstrated that the AJ Foyt Racing squad can have success when allocating all the main target and sources to a selected effort; they simply want extra depth to have the ability to work from, and that may very well be the case subsequent 12 months within the partnership with Team Penske.

Santino Ferrucci, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet

Picture by: Brett Farmer / Motorsport Images

Santino Ferrucci, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet

Nick Degroot: With the outlier being Ferrucci’s exceptional drive on the Indianapolis 500, the 2023 season was a dismal one for the A.J. Foyt-owned group.

Foyt has had flashes of brilliance up to now with the Indianapolis 500 being the newest instance, however they continue to be behind in general efficiency. There wasn’t a lot enchancment over the earlier 12 months, however a brand new alliance with Staff Penske might assist them to lastly bridge the hole to the competitors. 

Not having a veteran driver behind the wheel to information the group’s efforts is not very best whereas in a rebuilding part, however Ferrucci has proven promise. Then there’s Pedersen, who struggled mightily in his rookie season. He was the lowest-ranked full-time driver within the standings, lagging behind a number of part-time drivers and practically 100 factors behind his teammate. 

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