New number, iconic colours for AJ Foyt IndyCar rookie

The #88 AJ Foyt Racing entry in Coyote Red. Picture: AJ Foyt Racing

The #88 AJ Foyt Racing entry in Coyote Red. Picture: AJ Foyt Racing

AJ Foyt Racing will field Benjamin Pedersen in Car #88 in the 2023 IndyCar Series.

The rookie is one of two arrivals at the team during the off-season, with he and Santino Ferrucci making for an all-changed driver line-up.

Ferrucci will slide into the #14 car which is based in the team’s Texas workshop, while Pedersen’s entry is run from its Indianapolis facility.

Instead of racing with #4 as predecessor Dalton Kellett did, the Danish-born driver will line up in Car #88, matching the age which AJ Foyt himself turned when he celebrated his most recent birthday on January 16.

Furthermore, the red hues hark back to Foyt’s Indianapolis 500 wins as a driver in 1967 and 1977, in Coyote chassis.

“I am excited to get on track in Thermal [The Thermal Club, which hosts the pre-season Open Test] in just a few weeks with a livery that is recognisable with the iconic Coyote Red and a new car number to AJ Foyt Racing,” said Pedersen.

“We wanted to keep with the traditional colour and clean look that will resonate with fans of AJ Foyt, while bringing a fresh new feel with the #88.

“It’s also a special week for the 88 as we celebrate AJ’s 88th birthday.”

Benjamin Pedersen (right) with his crew chief Heath Huddleston at the Foyt workshop in Indianapolis

Benjamin Pedersen (right) with his crew chief Heath Huddleston at the Foyt workshop in Indianapolis

The switch from #4 to #88 is not the only change of numerals in the field.

Foyt had run three cars for much of last year, the other being Car #11.

That is now at Chip Ganassi Racing for the Marcus Armstrong/Takuma Sato entry, making for an extended numerical sequence with #8 for Marcus Ericsson, #9 for Scott Dixon, and #10 for Alex Palou.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has chosen to swap Christian Lundgaard into #45 and Jack Harvey into #30, while the McLaren IndyCar Team has moved Felix Rosenqvist to Car #6 with latest recruit Alexander Rossi to take up #7 in the expanded, three-car operation.

Juncos Hollinger Racing has a #78 for debutant Agustin Canapino to add to the #77 which it ran as a single-car team last year, while it is yet to be announced whether Team Penske and Will Power will opt for #1 or stick with the #12 with which they won the series in 2022.

The IndyCar Open Test at The Thermal Club takes place on February 2-3.

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