After winning three times in the Indy Lights Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Wade Cunningham is set to make his debut in the Indianapolis 500 this year for a legendary team owner.
The New Zealander will drive the No. 41 ECat/ABC Supply A.J. Foyt Enterprises DW12-Honda. Cunningham made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in 2011, driving three races for Sam Schmidt Motorsports with a best result of seventh at Kentucky.
“Driving for A.J.? He's a legend,” Cunningham said. “A.J.'s from a different era but he's raced front-engine roadsters at the Speedway and ended with the turbocharged CART Indy cars, so he's had an amazing career, and his is a very storied team, so it's quite an honor to drive for him.
“Indy means more to me than anything else. Winning at Indy in the Firestone Indy Lights Series is the only thing that kept my career on track so it's important to me to go there and do well in IndyCar and prove that the results can translate.”
Cunningham will participate in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway rookie test May 10, a few days after also running alongside his teammate Mike Conway in the series' Texas open test.
Foyt's second car was the subject of controversy last year when Andretti Autosport bought out the entry for Ryan Hunter-Reay, who failed to qualify, to replace Bruno Junqueira, who'd qualified the car. The car was then repainted to accommodate DHL and SunDrop signage along with the usual ABC Supply second car colors.