In 1961 Indianapolis 500 was run for the 45th time and first time since the 1950 Indy 500 was not a formal part of World Drivers’ Championship. Antony Joseph, or just A.J., Foyt Jr. at age 27 at that time was already experienced racing driver and reigning USAC champion. But Indy 500 race has not yet been successful to him. 1961 edition was dramatic but finally successful for him. Late in the race when leading, Foyt made a pit stop for fuel, but a refueling malfunction meant that he returned to the race without enough fuel to finish. Eddie Sachs, unaware that Foyt’s now-quicker car was light on fuel, pushed hard to keep up—and Sachs had to pit from the lead with just three laps remaining to replace a shredded right rear tire. Foyt pitted again also but only for enough fuel to finish. He took over the lead and beat Sachs by just 8.28 seconds. The winning 1961 Indy 500 car was constructed by Trevis, an American racing car constructor of the 1950s and 1960s, established by Floyd Trevis of Youngstown, Ohio. The car was powered by Offenhauser 4.13-litre engine, familiarly known as the “Offy”, developed by Fred Offenhauser and Harry Arminius Miller. According to American traditions officially the car was named after the sponsor, Bowes Seal Fast, automotive parts and repair manufacturer. For Trevis it was their last USAC season and first and only Indianapolis 500 victory. After Indy 500 Foyt has continued his run to USAC silver crown. He won Langhorne 100, Ted Horn Memorial at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, and Hoosier Hundred at Indiana State Fairgrounds and became the first driver to successfully defend his points USAC championship. The scale model of Foyt’s winning car was made in 2000s by Hobby Horse, Brand of American Carousel 1 toy and model company, as a part of a series of few Indy 500 winners in 1:43 scale.
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