Ray misses out on final two races

Former IRL champion Greg Ray will miss the final two races of the season after parting company with Foyt Racing

Ray misses out on final two races

Ray came into the Foyt fold after regular drivers Donnie Beecher and Eliseo Salazar were sidelined by injury, but the Chilean's return to the cockpit meant the team swelled to three cars, a situation Ray felt was untenable.

"Aside from leading 41 laps at Richmond earlier this year, it's obvious that our overall performance has not met our expectations - neither mine, nor those of my team at Foyt Racing," he said.

"The reality of the situation is that right now we are a three-car team operating on a single-car budget. That means we are stretching people and resources way beyond their original intentions. The mechanical failures and other problems we've encountered are due to the limited supply and excessive demands we have had to put on our people and equipment, and that puts a strain on the entire team, from top to bottom."

Ray has taken the chequered flag on just two occasions this season, but has not ruled out a return to Foyt if the team's budget can stretch to another car next season.

"I would certainly love to run Chicago and Texas with another team, if an opportunity presents itself," he said. "But my main focus is to develop a race-winning program for 2003, and hopefully we can make that happen at Foyt Racing."

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