Former Indy Lights driver Dalton Kellett is set to compete part-time for A.J. Foyt Enterprises as a rookie in the 2020 IndyCar season.
Former Indy Lights driver Dalton Kellett, who had been rumored to land a part-time ride with A.J. Foyt Enterprises for the 2020 IndyCar season, has been confirmed by the team for nine of the 17 races on the 2020 schedule.
The 26-year-old Canadian is slated to compete in eight of the 12 road and street course races, and he is set to compete in the team’s third car in the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Charlie Kimball was recently confirmed as the team’s lone full-time driver while Tony Kanaan was recently confirmed as the team’s oval driver.
Kellett is set to compete in the races at Circuit of the Americas, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road courses, Belle Isle (two races), Road America Toronto, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and he is set to drive the #14 Chevrolet in these eight races.
Meanwhile, Sebastien Bourdais is set to compete in the other four road and street course races at St. Petersburg, Florida, Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, California and Portland International Raceway.
Here is what Kellett had to say about this opportunity, according to a team press release.
"“I am honored to compete in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES with AJ Foyt Racing. This opportunity is truly a dream come true for me, dating back to my days looking up to the drivers in INDYCAR back as a young go-karter. The pedigree and achievements of AJ Foyt Racing are historic in our sport, and I can’t wait to contribute to their ongoing success.“This season, there will be plenty to learn including the exciting challenge of adapting to an all new car for me. Luckily, I am fortunate to be partnered with three series veterans in Kanaan, Kimball, and Bourdais. I’m looking forward to working with them and learning from their combined experience to grow as a driver. Thank you to the team and my partners for this opportunity. It will be an honor to represent K-Line Insulators USA at this level of the sport.”"
Here is what team president Larry Foyt had to add about the additions of Kellett and Bourdais to the team’s 2020 driver lineup.
"“There will be many familiar faces in the Foyt garages this season, but there will be some new faces as well. Coming off a season we were disappointed with, changes were inevitable. I believe adding a multi-time champion like Sebastien Bourdais to our team will help us as we regroup and work to regain a competitive position.Being able to retain Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan is another source of excitement and will serve to push our oval program to a place where we can fight for victories. Dalton Kellett is a young driver who is intelligent and motivated, and with the experience around him, we feel he has the potential to show great things. Altogether, the 14 car has an intriguing lineup, and I’m excited to see how it plays out.”"
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Kellett has spent each of the last four seasons competing full-time in Indy Lights, including the first three with Andretti Autosport and the 2019 season with Juncos Racing. In 70 career starts at the highest level of the Road to Indy ladder, he recorded six podium finishes, all third place results, including at least one each year.
He finished in a career-high third place in the races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and in the races at Iowa Speedway in 2017, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2018 and Toronto in 2019. He finished in a career-high seventh in the championship standings in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Dalton Kellett’s rookie IndyCar season is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, April 26 with the season’s fourth race at Circuit of the Americas, the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge. This race is set to be broadcast live from the track in Austin, Texas beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.