This weekend’s St Petersburg Grand Prix marks some of AJ Foyt Racing’s first achievements, as it will be the first time the team has owned three full-time cars in the IndyCar series and one of them will feature the Telmex Claro Tatiana Calderón.
The Colombian is the first female driver to compete for AJ Foyt, since he began racing Indy cars in 1966, and will drive the #11 ROKiT Chevrolet, while third-year driver Dalton Kellett will drive #4 K-Line Insulators USA.
The 14th ROKiT flagship will have the 2021 Chevrolet Indy Lights champ Kyle Kirkwood behind the wheel, with Calderon and Kirkwood making their IndyCar debuts in St. Petersburg.
In this regard, Telmex pilot Claro noted: “I think that every time you are a beginner in a series it is difficult, but I feel prepared thanks to the series I have been in in the past. When I went to Japan for the Super Formula, I didn’t have any teammates On the team, I didn’t know the tracks and didn’t have much time to adapt to different conditions, so I’m sure it was a great setup.With the endurance races I’ve done in the past two years, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I’ve learned about fuel and tire management And that can really help in IndyCar, as the races are very long and strategy plays an important role, so managing all of these factors is important to get a good result.”
Similarly, Tatiana said before the weekend in St. Petersburg: “In the audition, everyone is already doing their own program and you never know where you stand in terms of performance, so I am curious to know where we are in St. Pete.” And to see if we need to focus more On the race, on speed or qualify. Also, to find out about racing the full distance with both tire compounds and how I can adapt well to the conditions.”
He added, “We need to do as many laps as possible to get all the information and experience, so I’d like to get an idea of where we are in the first race and go from there to set realistic goals. Of course, as a race car driver you always want to win but this is the closest race We have a lot of Latino presence so I’m sure I look forward to the extra support and energy they bring! A great new experience being in IndyCar. I will miss my sister, but she will be in Europe after the race for sure. Having my family in place and more support around me can be a thing. Positively, I feel more comfortable because I have everything I need around me.
He will run the St. IndyCar’s Pete GP trains on Friday 25th of this month, trains and qualifies on Saturday 26th and race on Sunday 27th which begins at 12 CST.