AJ Foyt 1972

AJ Foyt – Career Chronology:

AJ Foyt

A.J. Foyt rarely smiled for anyone, as was the case here when he was the winner of the 1972 Daytona 500.

A.J. Foyt rarely smiled for anyone, as was the case here when he was the winner of the 1972 Daytona 500.

  • 1964: AJ Foyt has his first win at NASCAR for the Firecracker 400.
  • 1968: AJ Foyt is champion in the USAC’s stock car race.
  • 1971: AJ Foyt won at the Ontario Motor Speedway
  • 1972: AJ Foyt won again at the Ontario Motor Speedway and the Daytona 500.
  • 1976: Won the International Race of Champions
  • 1978: Wins the title again at the USAC.
  • 1977: Won again at the International Race of Champions
  • 1979: Wins his third title at the USAC.
  • 1989: Inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
  • 1994: Final NASCAR Winston Cup series race.
  • 2000: Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Photo Links: AJ Foyt

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Video Links: AJ Foyt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNf19y05dvU

Career Highlights:

  • He drove in the Indianapolis 500 for 35 consecutive years, and is one of only three people to have won four times.
  • He is the only person to win the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 (four times), the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • During his racing career, Foyt survived three major crashes and serious injuries, and he narrowly avoided a fourth.
  • As well as all his major race wins, he has also won 50 Sprint Car, Midget, and Dirt Champ Car wins during his long career.

Biography:

Born in 1935, Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Foyt, Jr. raced in many different motorsports, including U.S. Automobile Club Champ cars, midget cars, and stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He holds the record for 159 wins made during his USAC career, and the record with 67 wins throughout his American championship racing career. He is also the only person to win at the Daytona 500, four times at the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  He was a veteran of eight seasons on the tracks before he started racing for NASCAR, and it only took ten races for him to achieve his first victory.

His career is expansive, and covers many different races and an impressive amount of wins. He won the 1971 and 1972 races at the Ontario Motor Speedway, and the International Race of Champions in both 1976 and in 1977. His final win at NASCAR was in the 1978 first 125-mile qualifying heat for the Daytona, and his final Winston Cup series race was the 1994 Brickyard 400, while failing to qualify the following two years. His career faded after this time, and he went on to other ventures with A.J. Foyt Enterprises racing team. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2000.

AJ Foyt Daytona 500 winner 1972

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