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.
A.J. Foyt began his sprint car career in 1956 in International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) championships. On august 25 he won his first sprint car race, running away with the IMCA feature at the Red River Fair in Fargo, N.D. In 1957 he won IMCA sprint car race at Salem, Indiana, and switched from the IMCA to USAC sprint cars later that season. In 1960 Foyt won the USAC Eastern Championship and following season joined the first combined USAC National Sprint Car Championship. Foyt achieved 6 sprint car victories in 1961 and finished the season in 3rd position in the point standings, behind Parnelli Jones and Jim Hurtubise. His 1961 sprint car was built by Wally Meskowski, was powered by Offenhauser engine, and was owned by Foyt himself. The official car name, Bowes Seal Fast Special refers to the sponsor, the company founded by Robert M. Bowes in Indianapolis, and specialized in tire repair equipment and radiator liquid. Foyt continued to race sprint cars long after he was firmly established as one of the top drivers at the Indy 500, and eventually won 28 USAC National sprint car feature races, including 23 races in united USAC Championship in 1961- 1974.
|1961||USAC Sprint Car Championship|
|A.J. Foyt||1||A.J. Foyt|
|Meskowski||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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