Foyt turns to former foe

Updated: May 6, 2004, 7:19 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Foyt has hired Jeff Simmons to drive in the Infiniti Pro Series Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 22.

Foyt's car won the pole and the race last year with Ed Carpenter, who now drives for Cheever Racing in the IRL.

"I wanted to try to defend our title at Indy and Jeff was available so it seemed like a great opportunity,'' Foyt said Thursday. "Last year he was one of the ones we always had to try to beat in the Pro Series, so I know how good a driver he is.''

Simmons finished second in the series standings last year, with two victories, three second-place finishes and nine top-fives in 12 starts. He drove for Team Green in the Indy Lights series in 2000 and won the Barber Dodge Pro Series championship in 1998 and 1999.

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