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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.


Photographs

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
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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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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


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Collector Card - 1992 Maxx 141A.J. Foyt#14


Racing Record

Click on Racing in the navigation bar to see a list of the series and seasons included in the Library's racing records.

Winston Cup Career Statistics

YearPos.PointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
1975122070011$16,605
1976119051011$15,060
1977119061013$28,850
1978111020011$22,575
1979130020012$41,690
19801027010000$3,575
19816127130001$9,210
19827014620000$9,405
19837713030000$22,935
19847610430000$8,830
19854641070011$29,750
19864935550000$24,135
19874840960000$21,075
19884352370000$29,660
19894052770000$31,995
19906219130000$26,725
19927010010000$23,055
1994707310000$29,000

SuperTruck Series by Craftsman/Craftsman Truck Series Career Statistics

YearPos.PointsStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
19958110910000$2,575
19968614320000$13,150

Win List

DateSeriesRaceTrack
1964Grand NationalDaytona Beach, Florida
1965Grand NationalDaytona Beach, Florida
1970Grand NationalRiverside, California
1971Grand NationalOntario, California
1971Grand NationalHampton, Georgia
20 February 1972Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International Speedway
5 March 1972Winston CupMiller High Life 500Ontario, California


Race-by-Race Record

DateSeriesRaceTrackMake#SponsorStartFinishStatusPointsEarnings
30 May 195842nd International 500-Mile Sweepstakes RaceIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayKuzma / Offenhauser 4.5 L429Dean Van Lines1216Out (spun out)
30 May 195943rd International 500-Mile Sweepstakes RaceIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayKuzma / Offenhauser 4.5 L410Dean Van Lines1710Out (+254.48)
30 May 196044th International 500-Mile Sweepstakes RaceIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayKurtis / Offenhauser 4.5 L45Bowes Seal Fast1625Out (Clutch)
19 January 1964Grand NationalMotor Trend 500Riverside International Raceway'64 Ford00Banjo Matthews1221Out (crash)$650
21 February 1964Grand NationalDaytona 500 100 Mile Qualifying Race #2Daytona International Speedway'64 Ford00Banjo Matthews114Running$300
23 February 1964Grand NationalDaytona 500Daytona International Speedway'64 Ford00Bunnell Ford (Banjo Matthews)824Out (engine)$825
5 April 1964Grand NationalAtlanta 500Atlanta International Raceway'64 Ford00Zecol Lubaid (Banjo Matthews)211Out (engine)$775
4 July 1964Grand NationalFirecracker 400Daytona International Speedway'64 Dodge47Texas Dodge Dealers (Ray Nichels)191Running$13,000
18 October 1964Grand NationalNational 400Charlotte Motor Speedway'64 Dodge47Ray Nichels1824Out (wheel bearing)$400
26 July 1973Winston Cup
USAC National Stock Car Division
Acme Super Saver 500Pocono International Raceway'73 Chevrolet50Purolator / Gilmore / Foyt (A.J. Foyt)17Running$1,890
16 February 1975Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore Racing911Out (Engine Failure)PE$5,250
23 March 1975Winston CupAtlanta 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore-Foyt-Ellington1035Out (Overheating)PE$1,000
4 July 1975Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore Enterprises1024Out (Broken Valve)PE$1,060
24 August 1975Winston CupChampion 400Michigan International SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore Enterprises330Out (Blown Engine)PE$940
5 October 1975Winston CupNational 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore Enterprises321Out (Timing Chain)PE$2,100
19 October 1975Winston CupAmerican 500North Carolina SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore Enterprises35RunningPE$4,530
23 November 1975Winston CupLos Angeles Times 500Ontario Motor SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore-Foyt Enterprises514Out (Engine Failure)PE$1,725
15 February 1976Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore3122Out (Valve Spring)PE$4,600
29 February 1976Winston CupCarolina 500North Carolina SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore3132Out (Rear End)PE$645
4 July 1976Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore14RunningPE$6,890
8 August 1976Winston CupTalladega 500Talladega SuperspeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore322Out (Engine Failure)PE$2,040
10 October 1976Winston CupNational 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayChevrolet28Gilmore1138Out (Steering)PE$885
20 February 1977Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet51Gilmore-Foyt Enterprises26RunningPE$13,600
20 March 1977Winston CupAtlanta 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayChevrolet51Gilmore434Out (Steering)PE$785
1 May 1977Winston CupWinston 500Talladega SuperspeedwayChevrolet51Gilmore138Out (Engine Failure)PE$2,355
4 July 1977Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet51Gilmore65RunningPE$4,700
9 October 1977Winston CupNAPA 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayChevrolet51Gilmore97RunningPE$5,025
20 November 1977Winston CupLos Angeles Times 500Ontario Motor SpeedwayChevrolet51Gilmore311RunningPE$2,385
19 February 1978Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayBuick51Valvoline332Out (Accident)PE$12,075
14 May 1978Winston CupWinston 500Talladega SuperspeedwayBuick51Valvoline23RunningPE$10,500
18 February 1979Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile51Gilmore63RunningPE$38,550
4 July 1979Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile51Valvoline810RunningPE$3,140
17 February 1980Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile51Valvoline / Gilmore1131Out (Vibration)70/0$3,575
15 February 1981Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile51Gilmore / Valvoline1035Out (Valve Spring)58/0$3,750
15 March 1981Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile51Gilmore / Valvoline157Running146/0$4,425
4 July 1981Winston CupFireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile51Gilmore / Valvoline1332Out (Rear End)67/0$1,035
14 February 1982Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile51Valvoline / Gilmore921Out (Vibration)100/0$8,150
21 March 1982Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile51Valvoline / Gilmore939Out (Rear End)46/0$1,255
20 February 1983Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayChevrolet14Valvoline911Running130/0$20,000
27 March 1983Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayChevrolet14Valvoline1038Out (Valve)PE$1,000
1 May 1983Winston CupWinston 500Talladega SuperspeedwayChevrolet14Valvoline1334Out (Accident)PE$1,935
19 February 1984Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile14Gilmore / Foyt Racing3239Out (Susp.)46/0$5,450
18 March 1984Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile14Gilmore-Foyt Enterprises3535Out (Engine Failure)58/0$1,340
29 July 1984Winston CupTalladega 500Talladega SuperspeedwayOldsmobile14Gilmore-Foyt Enterprises1936Out (Steering)PE$2,040
17 February 1985Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile14Gilmore-Foyt Enterprises1630Out (Engine Failure)73/0$10,010
17 March 1985Winston CupCoca-Cola 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile14Gilmore-Foyt Enterprises3336Out (Handling)55/0$1,365
4 July 1985Winston CupPepsi FireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen630Out (Broken Axle)78/5$1,875
28 July 1985Winston CupTalladega 500Talladega SuperspeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen45RunningPE$11,625
1 September 1985Winston CupSouthern 500Darlington RacewayOldsmobile14Copenhagen2625Out (Brakes)88/0$2,675
6 October 1985Winston CupMiller 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile14Gilmore / Copenhagen3032Out (Tie Rod)67/0$1,180
3 November 1985Winston CupAtlanta Journal 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen2238Out (Accident)49/0$1,020
16 February 1986Winston CupDaytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen (A.J. Foyt)2029Out (engine)81$11,275
16 March 1986Winston CupMotorcraft 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen (A.J. Foyt)2217Running112$2,600
4 July 1986Winston CupPepsi FireCracker 400Daytona International SpeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen (A.J. Foyt)1542Out (engine)37$1,820
27 July 1986Winston CupTalladega 500Talladega SuperspeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen (A.J. Foyt)1130Out (wheel bearing)73$7,010
5 October 1986Winston CupOakwood 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayOldsmobile14Copenhagen (A.J. Foyt)1737Out (crash)52$1,430




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