By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
AJ Foyt Racing officially confirmed their switch to Chevrolet engines and aero kits ahead of the upcoming 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
This ends a 10-year relationship with Honda, who has powered the team since 2006. Chevrolet supplied engines to the team in 2005 before pulling out of the sport.
“I am looking forward to what will be a new chapter for us that involves returning to an old friend in Chevrolet,” said Team President Larry Foyt in a release. “There are a lot of changes happening within our team this off season and I won’t minimize the challenges, but I see a lot of potential with our plan.”
Team owner AJ Foyt drove with Chevrolet power in Indy cars from 1990 until his retirement in 1993. His best finish came in his final Indianapolis 500 in 1992, where he finished ninth at the ripe age of 57.
“We are pleased to welcome AJ Foyt Racing to the Chevrolet IndyCar program,” stated Mark Kent, Director Chevrolet Motorsports Competition. “Chevrolet and Foyt both have long histories in IndyCar racing, including prior opportunities to work together. We look forward to renewing the partnership and a strong start to the 2017 season.”
The manufacturer switch is just the latest sweeping change for the team. After an extremely tough 2016 season, the team has a new driver lineup in Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly as well as engineering changes across the board.