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The Only True Lifetime Legend in Indy Car

The legendary A.J. Foyt just turned 76 years old. He remains as feisty and single minded as ever, and the sport remains enriched with him in it. He is fond of telling anyone who will listen that he would be a nobody without the Indianapolis 500, but those of us who are lucky enough to have seen all of his victories also know the Indianapolis 500 would be less without A.J. If the stars align correctly this May, A.J. will be the guy behind the wheel of the pace car at the start, 50 years after his first 500 win.

We should thank our lucky stars A.J. still remains interested enough to field a team. When I am 76 I hope to simply park my wrinkled behind under a palm tree on some sand and sip drinks that contain lots of rum and tropical fruit (except in May). We really do not have anyone close to A.J.’s personality in the sport unless you count Hoosier Tony Stewart, who got into a fistfight with an Australian track owner over the weekend over track conditions. The problem with Stewart is he sold out completely to NASCAR. Few of us, however, hold that against him. Besides, no one on earth will probably ever compete in 35 straight 500s much less love what the Indianapolis 500 stands for more than Mr. Foyt.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, happy birthday A.J., and MANY more.

 

5 replies to “The Only True Lifetime Legend in Indy Car

  1. It’s hard to not like Tony Stewart. He’s one of the few larger-than-life drivers still out there.

    AJ’s an amazing guy. Love seeing him out there every May.

  2. There will never be another like “SuperTex”, or whatever moniker he goes by. I remember his less-than-auspicious debut in 1958 (when after the first-lap melee he had his doubts about returning to Indy)up to his retirement and beyond, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet him on several occasions. I hope he sticks around for awhile longer; after Foyt goes, it will truly be the end of an era.

  3. Reminds me of a joke. Driver goes to heaven. At the pearly gates, St. Peter asks him, ‘What would you like’? Driver says, ‘I would love a fast car and a track to drive it on’. St Peter says ‘No problem.’, takes him to a garage where he has his pick of cars, and then points him to a beautiful track, freshly paved and lightning fast. After turning a few laps, the driver pulls into the pits and tells St. Peter ‘This is beautiful, I just wish I had other cars to race against’. He pulls back onto the track to find it filled with other cars. He turns a few laps when all of a sudden a #14 car comes screaming up beside him, the driver gives him the finger, passes him, and roars off into the distance. A few laps later, it happens again. The driver pulls into the pits and says to St. Peter, with a shocked look on his face. ‘I didn’t know AJ Foyt was dead. When did that happen?’
    St. Peter answers, ‘Oh, he’s not dead. That’s God. He just THINKS he’s AJ Foyt.’

    Happy birthday AJ. Five bucks says even at 76, you could still whoop Arie Luyenduyk’s whiny Euro a**.

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