A. J. Foyt

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt

Full Name: Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr.
Profession: Racing Car Driver

United States of America

Biography: Foyt is one of the great all-round motor racing drivers of all-time. He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1961, 64, 67, 77), Daytona 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring.

He has driven Champ cars, sprint cars, midget cars, stock cars, sports cars, all with great success. He holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories and has a record 67 American championship titles.

Since retiring from active race driving, Foyt has owned A. J. Foyt Enterprises, fielding teams in CART, IRL and NASCAR. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Born: January 16, 1935
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
Age: 87 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn

Historical Events

  • 1960-09-05 A. J. Foyt wins the first of 67 Indy car victories at Du Quoin, Illinois. State Fairgrounds
  • 1961-05-30 50th Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt takes lead with 3 laps to go to win his first of 4 Indy 500 victories by a margin of 8.28 seconds from Eddie Sachs
  • 1964-05-30 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins but race primarily remembered for fiery 7-car accident resulting in deaths of Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald; last race won by a front-engined "roadster"
  • 1967-05-31 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt weaves his way through a pileup on the final lap to win his third Indy 500 victory; first Indy 500 win for Goodyear tires since 1919
  • 1967-06-11 A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney drive a Ford to victory in Le Mans
  • 1972-02-20 14th Daytona 500: A .J. Foyt dominates the race, winning by almost 2 laps over his closest competitor Charlie Glotzbach
  • 1975-05-25 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins rain-shortened race ahead of defending champion Johnny Rutherford and pole-sitter A. J. Foyt for his second Indy title
  • 1977-05-29 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt. becomes first driver to win Indy 500 four times; last time winning car built entirely within US; Janet Guthrie first female to qualify, lasts 27 laps
  • 1992-02-16 34th Daytona 500: Davey Allison joins father Bobby as a race winner; Richard Petty and A. J. Foyt's final drives in the event

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