Kanaan switches to Foyt Racing for 2018
5 October 2017 – Tony Kanaan announced today that he will be racing for A. J. Foyt next season, leaving the Ganassi seat he has occupied since 2014.
The Brazilian will pilot the #14 A. J. Foyt Racing car, as rumours had said for the past few months, and this morning Foyt and Kanaan met with the media in Speedway, Indiana to confirm that speculation.
Riding out together on a golf cart in the Foyt Wine Vault, the two Indianapolis 500 winners sat alongside Larry Foyt and Kanaan's race engineer, Eric Cowdin, who will transition to the team with him.
Taking questions from the media, the newly-signed Kanaan spoke of his excitement at the signing, even after a 20-year career.
"It's a very exciting moment for me," said Kanaan.
"I went to bed yesterday, woke up this morning and was really excited... like it was my first ride ever."
Kanaan's enthusiasm was mirrored by team owner A. J. Foyt, who spoke highly of the driver he has watched for years.
"He's a hard driver, and he's got the same feeling I've got – he doesn't like to settle for second," Foyt explained.
Foyt, 82, known as Super Tex, has been a team owner since the 1980s after retiring from a long racing career. A four-time winner of the Indy 500, Foyt also found success in USAC, CART, NASCAR and endurance racing.
"A. J. Foyt Racing is not used to running at the back," he said.
"I think we'll see A. J. Foyt Racing where it needs to be [with Kanaan]."
A. J. Foyt's son, Larry, who acts as team manager, added: "We felt like as a team, having an experienced guy to lead us... is what we needed."
Foyt will continue with key sponsorship from ABC Supply Company, marking the 14th year of their partnership. Still, the transition will be a challenge to one of the most experienced drivers on the IndyCar grid.
"We're not scared... obviously it will take a lot of work, but we've done that before," added Kanaan.
Kanaan has contested over 300 races with seven CART and IndyCar teams in his 20 year career.