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April 21, 2011

The Most Important Celebrity Ever Created by the Indianapolis 500

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 9:19 pm

Well it’s about time. My first 500 was 1961, and I remember Ray Harroun, then in his 80s, drive the Marmon Wasp around the track. I was awestruck. In recent years IMS has recruited celebrities to drive the pace car. The biggest celebrity ever at Indy is A.J. Foyt, and many traditionalists were disappointed when IMS whored out the seat to the most cheeseball celebrity of our time, Donald Trump. Not to worry. IMS is dedicating an entire day to A.J. the day before the race. It will officially be called ‘A.J. Foyt Day.

This year is 50th anniversary of Foyt’s first 500 win. The one thing that is truly remarkable is his unprecedented 54 consecutive year streak as a driver or owner, including 35 straight as a driver before he retired. Foyt will participate in a Q and A session then sign autographs. Those in attendance will also see highlights of his career all day long.

This traditionalist is mighty glad this gesture is being extended to the #1 legend of the Brickyard. The day before the race just became a whole lot better.


1 Comment »

  1. You and I were there together, Defender/Disciple. My first ‘500 was actually 1953, when I was six years old, but the Golden Anniversary ‘500 is one that really sticks out in my mind. Foyt’s battle with Eddie Sachs and his win notwithstanding, I too, thought the highlight of the day was Ray Harroun’s lap around the track in the Marmon Wasp. And now, dedicating a day to “SuperTex” just made me feel a whole lot better. Now if someone can only get The Donald to have a violent attack of stomach flu on race day morning…….

    Comment by DOUG — April 22, 2011 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

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