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March 3, 2011

The Indianapolis 500 IS A.J. Foyt

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 6:03 pm

Possibly the most legendary figure in the history of Indy Car racing is A.J. Foyt. Not only did he win four times, he drove in more Indianapolis 500s than anyone else has and probably every will. 35 straight. Not only that, he has stayed involved as an owner ever since he retired as a driver in 1993, and won as an owner as well. This year will be 53 straight years at Indy for A.J.

2011 also marks 50 years from his first win, and the Foyt crew has painted Vitor Miera’s #14 to resemble the paintjob A.J.’s roadster sported in 1961. Nice touch.

We know A.J. will be busy on race day, but what better tribute could there be than A.J. driving the pace car and leading the field to the green? In a perfect world Rick Mears and Al Sr. would be driving the wingman pace cars.

The Foyt team with Larry involved has been working hard on consistency both in terms of personnel and equipment. Vitor had a few really good showings in his comeback last season, and a win by Vitor and A.J. in 2011 would be the feel-good story of the year, especially if it happened at Indy.

That is something potentially great to root for!




  1. I agree, AJ is a legend. However, something more important needs to be discussed when it comes to AJ, his weight. Or should I say overweight? AJ is so grossly overweight I fear he may not make it much longer, men his age can start having serious health conditions even when they get slightly overweight. And losing a legend like AJ would be a tragedy. Every year I hope to see AJ a little thinner but that doesn’t seem to be happening. Let’s hope this year it is different.

    Comment by Gary — March 4, 2011 @ 3:33 am | Reply

  2. It doesn’t matter what A. J. Foyt looks like. He is, and always will be, the Grand Champion, and that makes no difference if he weighs 100 or 300 pounds. I’m sure they’ll find something to accomodate him on race day morning, 2011.

    Comment by DOUG — March 5, 2011 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

    • I’m just worried about his health. Guys that get that overweight usually don’t last long.

      Comment by Gary — March 6, 2011 @ 1:14 am | Reply

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