AJ Foyt jr

Full Name:
Anthony Joseph Foyt jr
Born:
16th January 1935 (Age 83)
Houston, Texas
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Forget the somewhat sad veteran in the twilight of his career; A.J.Foyt Jr was one of the most exciting American racing drivers of modern history. He won the USAC National Championship on a record seven occasions and was the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

To consider how he compared against GP racing’s elite at the time you need to analyse the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours – a race he won. Sharing a works Ford GT40 with Dan Gurney, he matched his well-regarded countryman for pace and endurance. Add to that success his victories in the 1972 Daytona 500 and the story of a versatile, supremely fast and successful driver is complete.

Background and early success

Anthony Joseph Foyt Sr was a car builder who built his son’s first racing car when the youngster was just three. Jr dropped out of high school to follow him into the sport and started racing in 1956. Success in midgets and sprint cars led to his finishing ninth on his Indycar debut at Springfield a year later. He crashed a Dean Van Lines Kuzma-Offenhauser on his first appearance at Indianapolis in 1958 but podium finishes marked a new talent.

His growing reputation was enhanced during 1959 and Foyt became the youngest national champion so far with victory in 1960 with the Bowes Seal Fast Meskowski-Offy. He added a first Indianapolis 500 victory a year later in A.J.Watson’s roadster as he retained the title to confirm America’s biggest star.

Victories at Le Mans and Daytona

Foyt withstood the "British Invasion" of the likes of Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill to win another three national titles during the 1960s. That period included further Indy 500 victories in 1964 and 1967 and pole position for the race in 1965 and 1969 as he was always a factor. Foyt also prepared his own engines from 1967 and enjoyed success outside the series. He won the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours and 1968 USAC stock car title for Ford and dominated the 1972 Daytona 500 with a Wood Brothers Mercury.

Fourth Indy 500 victory

On pole again for the 1974 and 1975 Indy 500s, he won the 1975 IndyCar Series and recorded a historic fourth Indianapolis 500 victory two years later. When American open-wheel was fractured in the late 1970s by the breakaway from the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), Foyt remained loyal to previous sanctioning body USAC.

That unsettled period included his final open-wheel victories and a seventh title but Foyt eventually also transferred to CART. He broke his leg at Elkhart Lake in 1990 and retired from racing two years later. He continues as a feisty team owner alongside non-racing business interests that range from oil, car dealerships and funeral services.

A.J.Foyt Jr won more Indycar races than anyone else (67), started 35 consecutive Indy 500s and remains a giant of his sport in every respect.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1994 Winston Cup 70th 73
1992 PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
Walker Motorsport
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 4
1992 Winston Cup 70th 100
1991 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1990 Winston Cup 62nd 191
1990 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
14 0 0 0
0% win rate
11th 42
1989 Winston Cup 42nd 527
1989 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
12 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 10
1988 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
14 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 29
1988 Winston Cup 43rd 523
1987 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 20
1987 Winston Cup 54th 409
1986 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
8 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 16
1986 Winston Cup 51st 355
1985 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Preston Henn
2 0 2 2 0
1985 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
6 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1985 Winston Cup Grand National 41st 570
1984 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
5 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
31st 8
1984 Winston Cup Grand National 72nd 159
1983 Winston Cup Grand National 59th 240
1983 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Preston Henn
2 2 2 2 0
1983 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1982 Winston Cup Grand National 81st 146
1982 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
5 0 1 0
0% win rate
28th 22
1981 Winston Cup Grand National 68th 271
1981 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1980 Winston Cup Grand National 118th 70
1980 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Gilmore Racing Team
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
44th 45
1979 Winston Cup Grand National 58th 309
1979 USAC Stock Car Championship 1st -
1979 USAC National Championship
Gilmore Racing Team
7 5 6 5
72% win rate
1st 3320
1978 USAC Stock Car Championship 1st -
1978 USAC Citicorp Cup National Championship
Gilmore Racing Team
18 1 5 2
12% win rate
5th 3024
1978 Winston Cup Grand National 72nd 232
1977 International Race Of Champions 1st -
1977 Winston Cup Grand National 41st 706
1977 USAC Citicorp Cup National Championship
Gilmore Racing Team
8 1 5 3
38% win rate
3rd 2840
1976 Winston Cup Grand National 50th 490
1976 International Race Of Champions 1st -
1976 USAC Citicorp Cup National Championship
Gilmore Racing Team
11 7 4 2
19% win rate
7th 1720
1975 Winston Cup Grand National 41st 758
1975 USAC National Championship
Gilmore Racing Team
12 7 10 7
59% win rate
1st 4920
1974 USAC National Championship
Gilmore Racing Team
12 8 4 2
17% win rate
8th 1510
1973 USAC National Championship
Gilmore Racing Team
12 1 2 2
17% win rate
10th 1580
1972 Winston Cup Grand National
Wood Brothers Racing
2 0 2 2 0
1972 USAC National Championship
AJ Foyt Enterprises
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
35th 75
1971 USAC National Championship
AJ Foyt Enterprises
9 0 4 1
12% win rate
2nd 2320
1971 Winston Cup Grand National
Wood Brothers Racing
2 2 2 2 0
1970 NASCAR Grand National
Jack Bowsher
1 0 1 1 0
1970 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
13 0 2 0
0% win rate
9th 1105
1969 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
17 1 4 1
6% win rate
7th 1570
1968 USAC Stock Car Championship 1st -
1968 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
20 0 6 4
20% win rate
6th 1860
1967 International Championship of Makes
Ford Motor Company
Shelby American
2 0 2 1 15
1967 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
Lindsey Hopkins Racing
20 0 8 5
25% win rate
1st 3440
1966 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
12 1 3 0
0% win rate
15th 775
1965 NASCAR Grand National
Wood Brothers Racing
2 0 2 2 0
1965 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
17 10 9 5
30% win rate
2nd 2500
1964 NASCAR Grand National
Nichels Engineering
1 0 1 1 0
1964 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
13 2 10 10
77% win rate
1st 2900
1963 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
12 2 10 5
42% win rate
1st 2950
1962 USAC National Championship
Ansted-Thompson Racing
Bignotti-Bowes Racing Associates
Lindsey Hopkins Racing
Mari Hulman George
13 5 7 4
31% win rate
2nd 1950
1961 USAC National Championship
Bignotti-Bowes Racing Associates
12 1 6 4
34% win rate
1st 2150
1960 F1 World Championship
Bignotti-Bowes Racing Associates
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1960 USAC National Championship
Bignotti-Bowes Racing Associates
12 0 8 4
34% win rate
1st 1680
1959 USAC National Championship
Racing Associates
Dean Van Lines Racing Division
Vatis Enterprises
Lindsey Hopkins Racing
11 0 3 0
0% win rate
5th 910.2
1959 F1 World Championship
Dean Van Lines Racing Division
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1958 USAC National Championship
Dean Van Lines Racing Division
12 0 2 0
0% win rate
10th 700
1958 F1 World Championship
Dean Van Lines Racing Division
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1957 USAC National Championship
John R Wills
5 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 160