Monday, January 16, 2017

A.J. Foyt "Super Tex" Born In Houston, Texas - January 16, 1935

January 16, 1935
A.J. Foyt
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Born in Houston, Texas.
He attended Pershing and Hamilton middle schools and Lamar and San Jacinto high schools, but he dropped out to become a mechanic.

Foyt raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile Club Champ cars and midget cars.
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JLM-Racing-1961-A J Foyt midget car race.

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. Foyt has numerous career records at the Indianapolis 500. He was the first of to win a record four times, the most consecutive and career starts (35), most races led (13), most times led during the career (39), and most competitive laps and miles during a career (4,909 laps, 12,272.5 miles).
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He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, 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. 
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A.J. Foyt, on his way to winning the Firecracker 400

Foyt's success has led to induction in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1988, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1989, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1990, and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000. Foyt was also named to NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998.

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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Foyt is the grandfather of A. J. Foyt IV. Foyt is the grandfather and adoptive father of Larry Foyt. He is also the godfather of driver John Andretti. When not busy with the racing season, A.J. Foyt likes to spend time at the family Ranches, The Foyt Ranch located in Hockley, Texas and Brackettville, Texas. The Foyts are also, via marriage, part of the ownership group of the Indianapolis Colts. A. J. Foyt IV is married to the daughter of Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Career summary;
Foyt drove in the Indianapolis 500 for 35 consecutive years, winning it four times.

Foyt is the only driver to win the Indy 500 in both front and rear-engined cars.

Foyt is the only driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500 the same year, achieved in 1967.

He is the only person to record victories in the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring.

He is one of only 12 drivers to have completed the Triple Crown of endurance racing, having victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

He has 41 USAC Stock Car wins and 50 Sprint Car, Midget, and Dirt Champ Car wins.

He won the 1975 and 1976 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix at the Liverpool International Speedway in Sydney.

He has won 12 total major driving championships in various categories.

His USAC wins tally is a record 138.

Foyt won the 1976 and 1977 IROC championships.

Foyt won seven NASCAR races.

Foyt, along with Mario Andretti, are the only men to win both the Indianapolis and Daytona 500s.

Foyt holds the closed course speed record driving the Oldsmobile Aerotech at an average speed of 257.123 miles per hour. He set the record on 27 August 1987 at a 7.712-mile test track near Fort Stockton, Texas.

2 comments:

  1. Mention Auto Racing to me and he IS my first thought. Thank You AJ for providing so very much "meaningful" to it. So very glad to have met you after many years of almost worshiping you.

    Sad it was under the circumstances it was but the end result was the biggest smile ever and you did not know me but you learned what I was made of. As crazy as you. :)

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  2. Happy 82nd Birthday, AJ! What a legend! It was a pleasure watching you throw wrenches around at Indy in the late 70's!

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