IndyCar: Foyt team explains reason for Pederson number change

After the reveal of the No. 88 livery last week, it was brought to our attention that the combination of our two individually entered numbers carries certain ideologic and symbolic references to white supremacist groups.

AJ Foyt Racing does not condone nor support any such ideologies or symbols, and to avoid any reprehensible associations, we have changed the entry number from 88 to 55.

The No. 55 Sexton Properties Chevrolet will make its debut in the Series’ Open Test at the Thermal Club outside of Palm Springs, Calif. on February 2nd. The two-day test is the first time at the motor club facility which has five miles of permanent road course tracks. The 17-turn, 2.9-mile track will be a combination of the North and South Palm circuits.

The #88 is the 7th most used car number in NASCAR with 1,747 starts and 76 wins with drivers Dale Jarrett, Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Alison, Donnie Allison and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

A car with #88 has run in 24 Indy 500s, but now all of a sudden, it’s a problem?

The NTT INDYCAR Series kicks off its 2023 season with the Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg the weekend of March 3-5. The race will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday, March 5 starting at 12 noon ET.