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AJ Foyt recovers from latest round of surgery

IZOD IndyCar Series team owner and US motor racing legend AJ Foyt is recovering from a hip replacement operation, his team announced Tuesday.
AJ Foyt has had successful hip replacement surgery to tackle chronic pain in his left leg, his IZOD IndyCar Series team announced on Tuesday.

“I was a little nervous about this surgery but they had me up and walking the same day," said Foyt. "I'm sore but nothing like I was before the surgery. I guess I waited too long to have it done though because my hip was in really bad shape. They couldn't believe I was walking at all!"

Foyt underwent the procedure on Monday at a Houston hospital close to his home in Texas, and is expected to make a full recovery. However, he is expected to be away from trackside operations for at least a month while recuperating and will watch this weekend's Pocono event from his hospital room.

“The doctors tell me it will be six to eight weeks before I can travel," said Foyt.

The 78-year-old has been suffering from chronic pain in his left leg for much of the year, and underwent a laminectomy in the lumbar region of his spine to relieve sciatic nerve pain in April that forced him to be absent from the Long Beach event in which his driver Takuma Sato secured the team's first win since since Kansas 2002.

Three-wide start at Pocono and Fontana

The IZOD IndyCar Series has announced that this weekend's race at the Pocono Raceway tri-oval will feature a three-wide start, like that of the Indianapolis 500.

"Given the speeds of our starts, the location of accelerations zones, the spacing between rows and the length of the frontstraights at each track, we have decided to move forward with a three-wide lineup for the initial starts," explained IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield.

The three-wide start will also be used at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, restoring a tradition for the 1970s and 80s 'Triple Crown' that was held with three-wide starts at the same three circuits for nearly two decades.

This weekend sees the first IndyCar race at Pocono since 1989. Series officials have amended the aerodynamic specifications laid out in the rule book for the event to add underwing strakes to the list of optional parts that allow the teams to generate more downforce on the 2.5-mile circuit.

Briscoe to miss Pocono qualifying

Ryan Briscoe will not take part in Saturday qualifying for this weekend's Pocono IndyCar 400 race, the Panther Racing team announced this week, although the Australian will be back behind the wheel and starting from the back of the grid for the race itself on Sunday.




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