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A. J. Foyt

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt

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

United States of America

Why Famous: 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: 86 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 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:35:37.540 (223.908 km/h)
  • 1964-05-30 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:23:35.813 (237.137 km/h)
  • 1967-05-31 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:18:24.211 (243.344 km/h)
  • 1967-06-11 A. J. Foyt and Dan Gurney drive a Ford to victory in Le Mans
  • 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 wins for a record 4th time

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