Former Chip Ganassi Racing co-team manager Scott Harner has joined A.J. Foyt Racing as vice-president of operations.
“I’m thrilled to have Scott joining AJ Foyt Racing,” said team president Larry Foyt. “He brings a great deal of experience and skills that will complement the team we have in place. Having a managerial presence in the Indianapolis shop was much-needed, and when Scott became available we knew he was the right person for the job.”
Harner, whose career in motorsports began in 1985 as a mechanic, said, “I want to thank A.J. and Larry for the opportunity to join AJ Foyt Racing. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
In addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the Indy-based team, Harner will work closely with team director George Klotz, who oversees the Texas-based operation. Harner will serve as race strategist for Tony Kanaan and Klotz will become the race strategist for Matheus Leist, who is in his second year driving the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
Prior to joining Foyt, Harner spent more than 25 years at Ganassi in roles including mechanic, transporter driver, fabricator, and spotter before being elevated to team manager in 2000. For the past 15 years, he has worked alongside Barry Wanser in leading the team’s IndyCar program. He also spent five years as a mechanic and fabricator at Team Menard.
In other team personnel news, Danielle Cucchiaroni is the race engineer for Leist, a role the Italian native has held in the past on the team. Mark Sampson, who joined the team last year, has become the crew chief for Kanaan’s crew.
The team will be testing at Sebring International Raceway this Monday, the second of four pre-season tests on its schedule.