After winning his second Indy 500 in 1964 in front-engined Watson roadster, Foyt switched to rear-engined Lotus for 1965 and 1966 Indianapolis races. In 1966 Foyt built his own Lotus-based rear-engined car, which he called a Coyote. In 1967 AJ used his Ford-powered Coyote in the USAC National Championship, which he won for the 5th time, as well as at Indy 500 to win his third Indy 500 victory. By winning his third Indy 500 Foyt entered a very elite band of outstanding drivers. At the time only Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, and Mauri Rose were the only drivers to win the 500 three times. Foyt had done it with his own chassis – only Ray Harroun (in 1911), Louis Meyer (in 1936) and Wilbur Shaw (in 1937) had designed or built their winning cars.
The race was dominated by Parnelli Jones in the radically new, four-wheel drive STP-Paxton Turbocar gas turbine, entered by Andy Granatelli. With three laps to go, however, Jones coasted to a stop when transmission bearing failed, and AJ swept into the lead. As he was about to take the checkered flag a multi-car crash blocked his way. Changing down to second gear he managed to make his way through the flaming fuel, dense smoke and flying wheels to record his third Indy 500 victory and was the only car to complete all 200 laps.
|1967||USAC National Championship||Indianapolis 500|
|A.J. Foyt||14||Ansted-Thompson Racing|
|Coyote 67||Ford||Sheraton-Thompson Spl.|