Anthony Joseph, or A.J., Foyt is a racer with one of the most impressive and longest career in motorsport. His active driving career lasted more than 40 years – since 1953 till 1996, and he still continued to be an important figure in motorsport running his teams in IndyCar series. Foyt is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. His career in IndyCars (USAC and CART), the highest level of American open-wheels racing, lasted over 5 decades – from 1950s to 1990s. Foyt holds the records on most National Championships titles (7) and most Championship races won (67). In 1961 he was just in the beginning of this long way in motorsport, but already won his first USAC National Championship, as well as the titles in sprint cars and midgets.
Foyt started his career in midget racing in 1953, at age 18. In 1956 he began racing in USAC National Midget Championship, winning his first races in 1957 (at Olympic Stadium in Kansas City and at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, OH) and finishing 7th in the season points standings. Foyt left regular midget car driving after the 1957 season to drive in sprint cars and championship cars. However, he did occasionally compete in midget car events until 1970, scoring 20 wins in the Midget National races. Foyt won the most important midget race, the Turkey Night Grand Prix, in 1960 and 1961, the first two years that it was held at Ascot Park. In the 1961 midget season Foyt won 9 events, including Turkey Night Grand Prix, out of just 13 starts. In the season point standings he was seventh with 583.4 points. Six of Foyt’s wins were achieved behind the wheel of Bowes Seal Fast midget owned by Jack London, which was 13th in the car owners point standings.
|1961||USAC Midget Championship|
|A.J. Foyt||5||Jack London|
|Kurtis Kraft||Offenhauser||Bowes Seal Fast Special|
|1:43||GMP||Limited Edition 1:43 A.J. Foyt / Bowes Seal Fast 3 Car Set|
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