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A.J. Foyt

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Born: 16 January 1935
Full Name: Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr.
Hometown: Houston, Texas, USA

Former race car driver and currently a racing team owner.  In 2004 the IndyCar Series race at The Milwaukee Mile was named the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225.

Career accomplishments include:
4-time Indianapolis 500 Winner (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977, only driver to have won the Indy 500 in both front and rear-engined cars)
6-time USAC National Champion (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1975)
3-time USAC Stock Car Champion (1968, 1978, 1979)
2-time IROC Champion (1975-76, 1976-77)
1960 USAC Sprint Car Series Champion
1967 24 Hours of Le Mans Winner
1972 Daytona 500 Winner
1972 USAC Silver Crown Series Champion
1979 USAC Gold Crown Champion
National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame (1988)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (1989 - first class)
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (1990 - first class)
Named co-Driver of the Century by the Associated Press
Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's A. J. Foyt page on 16 August 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Anthony Joseph "A. J." Foyt, Jr. (born January 16, 1935) ("Super Tex") is a retired American auto racing driver who has raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile Club Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories, and the American championship racing career wins record with 67.

He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977. In the NASCAR stock car circuit, he won the 1964 Firecracker 400 and the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt survived three major crashes that caused serious injuries, and narrowly escaped a fourth. Foyt's success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame.

Since his retirement from active racing, he has owned A. J. Foyt Enterprises, which has fielded teams in the CART, IRL, and NASCAR.


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AJ Foyt Ford Mustang First Trans Am Race Model Car 1966 Trans Am Ford Mustang

Replica of car A.J. Foyt drove at the first Trans Am race at Sebring in 1966
AMT Resto Rod kit
Fred Cady Decals
Exhaust, wheels & tires, seat, shifter, fire extinguisher from Lindberg 1964 Plymouth NASCAR kit
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden

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AJ Foyt Ford Mustang First Trans Am Race Model Car 1966 Trans Am Ford Mustang

Replica of car A.J. Foyt drove at the first Trans Am race at Sebring in 1966
AMT Resto Rod kit
Fred Cady Decals
Exhaust, wheels & tires, seat, shifter, fire extinguisher from Lindberg 1964 Plymouth NASCAR kit
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden

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AJ Foyt Ford Mustang First Trans Am Race Model Car 1966 Trans Am Ford Mustang

Replica of car A.J. Foyt drove at the first Trans Am race at Sebring in 1966
AMT Resto Rod kit
Fred Cady Decals
Exhaust, wheels & tires, seat, shifter, fire extinguisher from Lindberg 1964 Plymouth NASCAR kit
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden

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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
Photo courtesy Photo ©John Walczak.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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AJ Foyt Car at the 1986 Miller American 200 1986 Miller American 200
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June 8, 1986
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CARS in Miniature AJ Foyt Oldsmobile Oldsmobile
Photo ©2006 Bill Crittenden
As shown at the October 2006 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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AJ Foyt in Dale Earnhardt Car 1992 Photo ©1992 John Walczak
All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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AJ Foyt in Dale Earnhardt Car 1992 Photo ©1992 John Walczak
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway NASCAR Tire Test
June 23, 1992
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
14 September 2002Infiniti Pro Series: BG Products 100A.J. Foyt
A.J. Foyt IV
Ryan Hampton
Cory Witherill
9 May 2006IndyCar Series: Indianapolis 500Joie Chitwood III
A.J. Foyt
14 November 2006Indy Racing League Media ConferenceA.J. Foyt
Larry Foyt
Darren Manning
14 March 2007Indy Racing League Media ConferenceA.J. Foyt
Sam Hornish, Jr.
22 March 2007Indy Racing League Media ConferenceMarco Andretti
A.J. Foyt
Sam Hornish, Jr.
Danica Patrick
Dan Wheldon
2 May 2007Indy Racing League Media ConferenceMarco Andretti
A.J. Foyt
Al Unser Jr.
21 May 2008Indy Racing League Media ConferenceMarco Andretti
A.J. Foyt
J.R. Hildebrand
Graham Rahal
27 May 2009Indy Racing League Media ConferenceA.J. Foyt
Paul Tracy
12 May 2011Indy Racing League Media ConferenceJeff Belskus
Sam Coomes
A.J. Foyt
19 July 2011Indy Racing League Media ConferenceErik Berkman
A.J. Foyt
Larry Foyt
24 January 2012Grand-Am Road Racing Media ConferenceMario Andretti
A.J. Foyt
4 August 2012Indy Racing League Media ConferenceChase Austin
Larry Foyt
A.J. Foyt
Chris Miles
23 May 2013Indy Racing League Media ConferenceLarry Foyt
A.J. Foyt
25 September 2013Indy Racing League Media ConferenceA.J. Foyt
19 October 2013Firestone Indy Lights: Lefty's Kids Club 100Anne Fornoro
A.J. Foyt
Michael Knight


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Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 141A.J. Foyt#14


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