A. J. Foyt

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A. J. Foyt
AJFoyt cropped.jpg
Nationality United States American
Born Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr.
(1935-01-16) January 16, 1935 (age 79)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Related to A. J. Foyt IV (grandson)
Larry Foyt (adopted son)
Championship titles
1960
1960
1961
1963
1964
1967
1968
1972
1975
1975-76
1976-77
1978
1979
1979
USAC Sprint Car Series Champion
USAC National Champion
USAC National Champion
USAC National Champion
USAC National Champion
USAC National Champion
USAC Stock Car Champion
USAC Silver Crown Series Champion
USAC National Champion
IROC Champion
IROC Champion
USAC Stock Car Champion
USAC Gold Crown Champion
USAC Stock Car Champion
Awards
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
128 race(s) run over 30 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
40th—1989 (Winston Cup)
First race 1963 Motor Trend 500 (Riverside)
Last race 1994 Brickyard 400 (Indianapolis)
First win 1964 Firecracker 400 (Daytona)
Last win 1972 Miller High Life 500 (Ontario)
Wins Top tens Poles
7 36 9
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
3 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
81st (1995)
First race 1995 GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 200 (Phoenix)
Last race 1996 Carquest 420K (Las Vegas)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
USAC & CART Championship Car series
Years active 1957–1993
Teams Dean Van Lines Special
Anstead-Thompson Racing
Gilmore Racing
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Starts 369
Wins 67
Poles 53
Best champ.
finish
1st in 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1975, & 1979 (USAC)
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19581960
Teams Kuzma, Kurtis Kraft
Races 3
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1958 Indianapolis 500
Last race 1960 Indianapolis 500

Anthony Joseph "A. J." Foyt, Jr. (born January 16, 1935) ("Super Tex") is a retired American automobile racing driver. He raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile Club Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories,[1] and the American championship racing career wins record with 67.[2]

He 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. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977. In the NASCAR stock car circuit, he won the 1964 Firecracker 400 and the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt survived three major crashes that caused serious injuries, and narrowly escaped a fourth. Foyt's success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame.

Since his retirement from active racing, he has owned A. J. Foyt Enterprises, which has fielded teams in the CART, IRL, and NASCAR.

Early life[edit]

Foyt was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Pershing and Hamilton middle schools and Lamar and San Jacinto high schools,[3] but he dropped out to become a mechanic.[4]

Driving career[edit]

Midget car career[edit]

Foyt began racing midgets in 1953 at age 18 in a car owned and maintained by his father. He started his USAC career in a midget car at the 1956 Night before the 500 in Anderson, Indiana. His first midget car win was at a 100 lap event at Kansas City in 1957, and finished seventh in the season points standings.[1] He left midget cars after the 1957 season to drive in sprint cars and Championship Car. He did occasionally compete in midget car events. He won the 1960 and 1961 Turkey Night Grand Prix, the first two years that it was held at Ascot Park. He won the 1961 Hut Hundred after starting last, and finished seventh in National Midget points that year. He won the 1970 Astro Grand Prix, an event that he promoted in his hometown of Houston. He ended his career with 20 midget car feature wins. Even after he had reached the pinnacle of his sport, Foyt was known to make occasional appearances in small, local events as a way of thanking promoters who had supported him in his struggle up the ladder.

Sprint car career[edit]

A.J. began his sprint car career in 1956, at age 21, driving the Les Vaughn Offy with the International Motor Contest Association. On August 24, 1956, Foyt out qualified a field of 42 drivers at the Minnesota State Fair and, the following day, he won his first sprint car race, running away with the IMCA feature at the Red River Fair in Fargo, N.D. On June 16, 1957, on the high banked asphalt track at Salem, Indiana, A.J. came out on top in a race long battle with Bob Cleberg. That victory put Foyt on the radar for USAC car owners and he switched from the IMCA to USAC later that season. A.J. eventually won 28 USAC National sprint car feature races and the USAC Eastern Championship in 1960. Foyt continued to race sprint cars long after he was firmly established as one of the top drivers at the Indy 500.

Championship car career[edit]

The car Foyt drove to Indy victory in 1977
Foyt racing at Pocono in 1984

In 1961, he became the first driver to successfully defend his points championship and win the Indianapolis 500 race. Late in the 500, 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 second-closest finish in history at the time. He raced in each season from 1957–1992, starting in 374 races and finishing in the top ten 201 times, with 67 victories. In 1958, Foyt raced in Italy in the Trophy of the Two Worlds on the banking at Monza.

Ford-powered entries were widely expected to dominate the 1964 Indianapolis 500. Discussions between Ford officials and Foyt (who had a stock car contract with Ford at the time) took place early in the month of May about the possibility of Foyt taking over the third Team Lotus-Ford, a team reserve vehicle. Foyt wanted the use of the car for the entire month, but Lotus team owner Colin Chapman was reluctant to promise him the reserve car, in case something happened to cars driven by team drivers Jim Clark and Dan Gurney.

So discussions ended and Foyt stayed with his reliable, well-sorted Offenhauser-engined roadster. In the 1964 season, Foyt won a record 10 of 14 races en route to his championship, including the Indy 500. When the two fastest Lotus-Fords, driven by Jim Clark and Bobby Marshman, fell out of the race with mechanical problems, and Parnelli Jones was knocked out when his fuel tank exploded during a pit stop, Foyt was left alone at the front of the field, and cruised home to win his second Indianapolis 500. The race is remembered for the fiery second-lap crash that claimed the lives of Dave MacDonald and Eddie Sachs. Foyt did not learn of the fate of his two friends until he reached victory lane, and was handed a newspaper with a headline announcing the tragedy.

In August 1966, at the Milwaukee 200-mile (320 km) Championship Car race, Foyt's rear-engined Lotus pavement car was not at the track. So Foyt unloaded the Offenhauser-engined dirt track car he had won the 100-mile (160 km) race with at Springfield the previous day. He sprayed the mud off the car, installed pavement tires and a set-up for the one mile (1.6 km) oval. Foyt received permission to take two extra warm up laps during qualifying, as he had no time for practice. He then qualified the car on the pole, led the race for 18 out of 200 laps but then had to stop for a new rear tire, and finished second to Gordon Johncock, driving a rear-engined Gerhardt-Offy Indy car.

In the 1967 Indianapolis 500, Parnelli Jones' STP-Paxton Turbocar was expected to easily defeat the field of piston engines. Jones lapped the field, but his car expired with three laps remaining, and Foyt inherited the lead. As he drove down the back straightaway on the last lap, Foyt suddenly remembered an odd premonition that had struck him the night before, when he wondered aloud what would happen in the event of a big last-lap accident. As Foyt moved through Turn 3 on the 200th lap, he slowed down. A few hundred yards ahead of him, Carl Williams spun out as he exited Turn 4, triggering a five-car front-stretch accident right in front of Foyt. Traveling at no more than 100 mph, Foyt threaded his way through the wreckage and safely took the checkered flag. The race took two days to complete when rain stopped the race on the 18th lap on the first day.

In the 1977 Indianapolis 500, Foyt ran out of fuel, and had to make a pit stop. He had to make up around 32 seconds on Gordon Johncock. Foyt made up 1.5 to 2 seconds per lap by turning up his turbo boost, which risks destroying the engine. Johncock's own engine expired just as Foyt had closed to within eight seconds back after both drivers' final pit stops, and Foyt passed for the win.

In 1981, Foyt was involved in an accident at the Michigan 500 and nearly lost an arm. It took him a while to get back to full fitness; and at the Indy 500 the following year he qualified third.

Foyt won the Indianapolis 500 4 times, in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977. He was the first driver to do so. The feat has since been matched by Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991). Of his 67 career Championship Car race victories, twelve were won at Trenton (NJ) Speedway. Foyt also won the Indycar Series seven times, a record that still stands.

Foyt's worst Indy 500 finish is 31st in the 1982 event. AJ Foyt started on the front row but on the pace laps he was victimized by a controversial wreck when rookie Kevin Cogan suddenly spun out for no apparent reason. Cogan wrecked about 7 cars in the incident including Foyt and Mario Andretti. AJ Foyt was livid with Cogan and famously said "That damn Coogan!" on live radio, and when asked who wrecked him in an interview Foyt shouted "Coogan!"

In a 1990 CART race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Foyt was involved in a serious crash that injured his legs and feet severely. He would return the following year for the 1991 Indianapolis 500 to qualify second.

Sports car racing[edit]

Foyt is famous for winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans race in his first and only attempt, in 1967; Foyt drove a Ford GT40 Mk IV, partnered with Dan Gurney and entered by Carroll Shelby's team. Prior to the race, he had angered the French fans and press by remarking that the notoriously fast and dangerous tree-lined course was "nothin' but a little old country road."[5] Also, he reportedly only got 10 laps of pre-race practice. But when Gurney overslept and missed a driver change in the middle of the night, Foyt was forced to double-stint and wound up driving nearly 18 hours of the 24-hour race. While being sprayed with champagne on the victory podium, he is reported to have asked, "Do I win Rookie Of The Year?" Foyt would also later win the 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Daytona during the 1980s driving Porsches, making him one of only 12 drivers to complete the Triple Crown of endurance racing.

Foyt in a midget car in 1961

Stock car career[edit]

USAC Stock Car[edit]

He was the champion in USAC's stock car in 1968, 1978, and 1979. He finished second in 1963 and 1969, and third in 1970.[6] Among his wins in USAC stock car racing was his 1964 win at the Billy Vukovich Memorial 200 at Hanford Speedway in California. He also was a miltiple winner in USAC stockers at Milwaukee, Texas World Speedway, and Michigan International Speedway.

NASCAR[edit]

Foyt, a veteran who had been racing professionally for eight seasons before trying his hand at NASCAR racing, only needed ten races to get his first victory. Richard Petty dominated the 1964 Firecracker 400 until he dropped out with engine problems. Foyt swapped the lead with Bobby Isaac for the final 50 laps of the summer event at the Daytona International Speedway. Foyt passed Isaac on the final lap to win the race.

In January 1965, Foyt qualified and ran in the front of the pack most of the day with Dan Gurney and Parnelli Jones in the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside. Parnelli retired with mechanical issues, leaving Gurney and Foyt to contest the lead. Late in the race, dueling with Gurney, Foyt spun. His car refired, and he charged through the field in an attempt to regain lost positions. After running hard to catch leader Gurney, Foyt's brakes failed entering Turn 9 at the end of Riverside's mile-long, downhill back straight. Foyt turned the car into the infield at more than 100 mph, and the car tumbled violently end-over-end several times. The track doctor at Riverside International Raceway pronounced Foyt dead at the scene of the severe crash, but fellow driver Parnelli Jones revived him after seeing movement. Foyt suffered severe chest injuries, a broken back, and a fractured ankle. Footage of his flipping #00 Ford, owned by Holman Moody, is featured in the final scene of the movie Redline 7000.

Foyt ran out of gas near the end of the 1971 Daytona 500, and Petty passed him for the win. Foyt again had the car to beat in the 1972 Daytona 500, but this time succeeded in a dominating performance. Only three drivers led during the race. In 1979 at the Daytona 500, Foyt was running in 5th place, but when Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison had their famous tangle on the final lap, Foyt finished in 3rd spot behind Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty who again won the race. When Foyt pulled up next to Petty after the checkers to congratulate him, he was called "a true gentleman" during the broadcasting.

Foyt won the 1971 and 1972 races at the Ontario Motor Speedway for Wood Brothers Racing. The track was shaped like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 1972 race was his last NASCAR points win; his final win in a NASCAR race was in the first of Daytona's 125-mile qualifying heats in 1978, driving a self-fielded superspeedway Buick.

In 1988 Foyt was banned from NASCAR for 6 months and fined $20,000 following a series of incidents during the Winston 500. His ban was reduced to two months following an appeal and his fine was raised to $35,000.

Foyt's final NASCAR Winston Cup Series race was the 1994 Brickyard 400, the inaugural running of that race. Foyt finished 30th, four laps behind winner Jeff Gordon.

Foyt would end up racing three times in the early days of the NASCAR Craftsman (now Camping World) Truck Series, with a best finish of 18th coming in the 1995 GM Goodwrench / Delco Battery 200, a race he qualified ninth for.

Career summary[edit]

  • Foyt drove in the Indianapolis 500 for 35 consecutive years, winning it four times (the first of only three to do so).
  • Foyt is the only driver to win the Indy 500 in both front and rear-engined cars, winning twice with both configurations.
  • Foyt is the only driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500 the same year (1967).
  • He is the only person to record victories in the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 stock car race, the 24 Hours of Daytona (twice, with co-driver Bob Wollek), the 24 Hours of Le Mans international sports car endurance race in Le Mans, France, as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring (his last major professional win, in 1985, with co-driver Bob Wollek).
  • He is one of only 12 drivers to have completed the Triple Crown of endurance racing (victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans).
  • He also has 41 USAC Stock Car wins and 50 Sprint Car, Midget, and Dirt Champ Car wins.
  • He won the 1975 and 1976 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix at the Liverpool Speedway in Sydney (in Australia midgets are called Speedcars).
  • He has won 12 total major driving championships in various categories.
  • His USAC wins tally is a record 138 (The late Rich Vogler is second with 132.)
  • Foyt won the 1976 and 1977 IROC championships.
  • Foyt won seven NASCAR races.
  • Foyt, along with Mario Andretti, are the only men to win both the Indianapolis and Daytona 500s.
  • Foyt holds the closed course speed record driving the Oldsmobile Aerotech at an average speed of 257.123 miles per hour (413.799 km/h). He set the record on 27 August 1987 at a 7.712-mile (12.411 km) test track near Fort Stockton, Texas.
  • Despite having won more USAC sanctioned events than any other driver Foyt never won a CART sanctioned event.

Awards[edit]

Indianapolis 500 records[edit]

Foyt has numerous career records at the Indianapolis 500: the first of to date three drivers to win a record four times, the most consecutive and career starts (35), most races led (13), most times led during the career (39), and most competitive laps and miles during a career (4,909 laps, 12,272.5 miles). In the 1961 Indianapolis 500 Foyt won over Eddie Sachs with a lead of 8.28 seconds, the second closest finish in Indianapolis history at the time.

As of November 2011, Foyt stands as only the third-oldest living winner of the Indianapolis 500 (Parnelli Jones and Bobby Unser are older), but the longest-ago living winner (1961).

Car owner[edit]

A. J. Foyt (right) and former driver Darren Manning (left) at the 2007 Indianapolis 500.

While an active driver, Foyt entered into a longtime partnership with Kalamazoo, Michigan businessman Jim Gilmore, and raced under the Gilmore-Foyt Racing name for many years.

After retiring as a driver, he continued his involvement in racing as a car owner of A. J. Foyt Enterprises in the CART series, then the Indy Racing League (IRL) and NASCAR.

Scott Sharp took a share of the 1996 Indy Racing League (IRL) title driving for Foyt while Kenny Bräck won the 1998 IRL title, also in a Foyt car. Bräck won the 1999 Indianapolis 500 in Foyt's car, putting Foyt in the winner's circle at Indy for the fifth time. The current driver for his IRL team, A. J. Foyt Enterprises, is Takuma Sato. On June 7, 1997, Foyt (as an owner) was involved in an incident that helped shape the history of the Indy Racing League and added to his reputation as a man of little patience. One of his drivers, Billy Boat, had been declared the winner of the inaugural IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway that had been held that night, and his other driver, Davey Hamilton, had come in second. However, Dutch driver Arie Luyendyk disputed Boat's win, claiming that he was in the lead when a scoring error by USAC (who had scored all IRL races up until that time) gave Boat the checkered flag. When Luyendyk entered victory lane after the race to confront TMS general manager Eddie Gossage about the finish uttering obscenities, an irate Foyt approached Luyendyk from behind and slapped and shoved him into a tulip bed (ironically given Luyendyk's Dutch nationality). Luyendyk then requested a review of the race; a few days later, USAC reversed its position and declared Luyendyk the winner; Foyt kept the victory lane-awarded trophy. Following the controversy, the IRL relieved USAC of the scoring duties for its events.

Family[edit]

Foyt is the grandfather of A. J. Foyt IV. Foyt is the grandfather and adoptive father of Larry Foyt. He is also the godfather of driver John Andretti. When not busy with the racing season, A.J. Foyt likes to spend time at the family Ranches, The Foyt Ranch located in Hockley, Texas and Brackettville, Texas.

The Foyts are also, via marriage, part of the ownership group of the Indianapolis Colts. A. J. Foyt IV is married to the daughter of Colts owner Jim Irsay.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1958 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Offenhauser ARG
MON
NED
500
Ret
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
MOR
NC 0
1959 Dean Van Lines Kuzma Offenhauser MON
500
10
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0
1960 Bowes Seal Fast Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser ARG
MON
500
Ret
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
POR
ITA
USA
NC 0

USAC results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
1973 Gilmore Racing TWS
11
TRE
1
TRE
11
INDY
25
MIL
Wth
POC
1
MCH
13
MIL
25
ONT
ONT
ONT
10
MCH
13
MCH
14
TRE
20
TWS
10
PHX
DNS
10th 1580
1974 Gilmore Racing ONT
1
ONT ONT
30
PHX
3
TRE
DNS
INDY
15
MIL
6
POC
27
MCH
13
MIL
2
MCH
24
TRE
1
TRE
4
PHX
4
8th 1510
1975 Gilmore Racing ONT
1
ONT ONT
1
PHX
3
TRE
1
INDY
3
MIL
1
POC
1
MCH
1
MIL
20
MCH
7
TRE
2
PHX
1
1st 4920
1976 Gilmore Racing PHX
21
TRE
18
INDY
2
MIL
17
POC
31
MCH
3
TWS
1
TRE
19
MIL ONT
23
MCH
1
TWS
11
PHX
Wth
7th 1720
1977 Gilmore Racing ONT
1
PHX
2
TWS
14
TRE INDY
1
MIL
Wth
POC
15
MOS
1
MCH
DNS
TWS
19
MIL ONT
2
MCH PHX 4th 2840
1978 Gilmore Racing PHX
3
ONT
4
TWS
17
TRE
2
INDY
7
MOS
16
MIL
19
POC
8
MCH
16
ATL
4
TWS
1
MIL
4
ONT
28
MCH
5
TRE
19
SIL
1
BRH
4
PHX
2
5th 3024
1979 Gilmore Racing ONT
1
TWS
1
INDY
2
MIL
1
POC
1
TWS
1
MIL
12
1st 3320
1980 Gilmore Racing ONT
Wth
INDY
14
MIL
POC
19
MDO
35th 45
1981-82 Gilmore Racing INDY
13
POC
1
ILL DUQ ISF INDY
19
4th 1045

CART[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1979 Gilmore Racing PHX
ATL
ATL
INDY
2
TRE
TRE
MCH
MCH
WGL
TRE
ONT
MCH
ATL
PHX
NC -
1980 Gilmore Racing ONT
Wth
INDY
14
MIL
POC
19
MDO
MCH
WGL
MIL
ONT
MCH
MEX
PHX
44th 45
1981 Gilmore Racing PHX
MIL
ATL
ATL
MCH
26
RIV
MIL
MCH
WGL
MEX
PHX
NC 0
1982 Gilmore Racing PHX
ATL
MIL
2
CLE
22
MCH
20
MIL
POC
20
RIV
ROA
MCH
23
PHX
28th 22
1983 Gilmore Racing ATL
INDY
31
MIL
CLE
MCH
ROA
POC
RIV
MDO
MCH
CPL
LAG
PHX
NC 0
1984 Gilmore Racing LBH PHX INDY
6
MIL POR MEA
DNS
CLE MCH
22
ROA POC
27
MDO SAN MCH
Wth
PHX
14
LAG LVS
22
21st 22
1985 A. J. Foyt Enterprises LBH
INDY
28
MIL
POR
MEA
23
CLE
MCH
DNS
ROA POC
24
MDO SAN
24
MCH
LAG PHX
23
MIA
20
49th 0
1986 A. J. Foyt Enterprises PHX
17
LBH INDY
24
MIL
19
POR MEA CLE TOR MCH
9
POC
4
MDO SAN MCH
16
ROA LAG PHX
22
MIA
23
21st 16
1987 A. J. Foyt Enterprises LBH PHX INDY
19
MIL
6
POR MEA CLE TOR MCH
26
POC
7
ROA
MDO
NAZ
7
LAG
MIA
25
23rd 14
1988 A. J. Foyt Enterprises PHX
4
LBH
11
INDY
26
MIL
5
POR
15
CLE
11
TOR
15
MEA
17
MCH
Wth
POC
16
MDO
22
ROA
10
NAZ
17
LAG
24
MIA
25
16th 29
1989 A. J. Foyt Enterprises PHX
22
LBH
25
INDY
5
MIL
20
DET
26
POR
Wth
CLE MEA
23
TOR
17
MCH
18
POC
21
MDO
21
ROA
22
NAZ
14
LAG 18th 10
1990 A. J. Foyt Enterprises PHX
22
LBH
24
INDY
6
MIL
9
DET
17
POR
10
CLE
7
MEA
5
TOR
16
MCH
6
DEN
10
VAN
13
MDO
15
ROA
20
NAZ LAG 11th 42
1991 Copenhagen Racing SRF LBH PHX INDY
28
MIL
16
DET
23
POR
16
CLE
20
MEA
13
TOR MCH
17
DEN VAN MDO ROA NAZ
16
LAG 32nd 0
1992 Walker Motorsport SRF
23
26th 4
Copenhagen Racing PHX
DNQ
LBH INDY
9
DET POR MIL NHA TOR MCH CLE ROA VAN MDO NAZ LAG
1993 Copenhagen Racing SRF
PHX
LBH
INDY
DNQ
MIL
DET
POR
CLE
TOR
MCH
NHA
ROA
VAN
MDO
NAZ
LAG
NC -

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1958 Kuzma/Brawner Offy 12th 16th
1959 Kuzma Offy 17th 10th
1960 Kurtis/Epperly Offy 16th 25th
1961 Trevis Offy 7th 1st
1962 Trevis Offy 5th 23rd
1963 Trevis Offy 8th 3rd
1964 Watson Offy 5th 1st
1965 Lotus 34 Ford 1st 15th
1966 Lotus 38 Ford 18th 26th
1967 Coyote 67 Ford 4th 1st
1968 Coyote 68 Ford 8th 20th
1969 Coyote/Kuzma Ford 1st 8th
1970 Coyote 70 Ford 3rd 10th
1971 Coyote 71 Ford 6th 3rd
1972 Coyote 72 Foyt 17th 25th
1973 Coyote 73 Foyt 23rd 25th
1974 Coyote 73 Foyt 1st 15th
1975 Coyote 75 Foyt 1st 3rd
1976 Coyote 75 Foyt 5th 2nd
1977 Coyote 75 Foyt 4th 1st
1978 Coyote 75 Foyt 20th 7th
1979 Parnelli VPJ6C Ford Cosworth DFX 6th 2nd
1980 Parnelli VPJ6C Ford Cosworth DFX 12th 14th
1981 Coyote 81 Ford Cosworth DFX 3rd 13th
1982 March 82C Ford Cosworth DFX 3rd 19th
1983 March 83C Ford Cosworth DFX 24th 31st
1984 March 84C Ford Cosworth DFX 12th 6th
1985 March 85C Ford Cosworth DFX 21st 28th
1986 March 86C Ford Cosworth DFX 21st 24th
1987 Lola T87/00 Ford Cosworth DFX 4th 19th
1988 Lola T87/00 Ford Cosworth DFX 22nd 26th
1989 Lola T89/00 Ford Cosworth DFX 10th 5th
1990 Lola T90/00 Chevrolet 265A 8th 6th
1991 Lola T91/00 Chevrolet 265A 2nd 28th
1992 Lola T92/00 Chevrolet 265A 23rd 9th
1993 Lola T93/00 Ford XB Retired

Indy 500 qualifying results[edit]

Year Att # Date Time Qual
Day
Car # Laps Qual
Time
Qual
Speed
Rank Start Comment
1967 22 05-13 22 1 14 2 PULLED OFF
1967 28 05-13 28 1 14 4 166.289 4 4  
1968 8 05-18 8 1 1 4 166.821 8 8  
1969 4 05-24 4 2 6 4 3:31.0600 170.568 1 1  
1970 5 05-16 5 1 7 4 170.004 3 3  
1971 2 05-15 2 1 9 4 3:26.5200 174.317 6 6  
1972 3 05-13 17:57 1 2 0 BLOWN ENGINE
1972 30 05-20 11:30 2 2 4 3:10.4800 188.996 5 16  
1973 25 05-12 14:27 1 14 3 WAVED OFF
1973 27 05-12 15:20 1 14 4 3:10.5500 188.927 32 23  
1974 8 05-11 11:05 1 14 4 3:07.8600 191.632 1 1  
1975 4 05-10 11:38 1 14 1 PULLED OFF
1975 19 05-10 16:10 1 14 4 3:05.5900 193.976 1 1  
1976 12 05-15 16:55 1 14 4 3:14.3200 185.261 10 5  
1977 1 05-14 11:02 1 14 4 3:06.0800 193.465 ATTEMPT WITHDRAWN BY USAC
1977 12 05-14 12:39 1 14 4 3:05.0300 194.563 5 4  
1978 14 05-20 12:47 1 14 0 PULLED OFF
1978 39 05-21 13:24 3 14 4 2:59.8900 200.122 3 21  
1979 33 05-13 16:32 1 14 4 3:09.8600 189.613 6 6  
1980 24 05-10 14:24 1 14 0  
1980 32 05-10 16:14 1 14 1 FLAGGED OFF; RAIN
1980 33 05-10 17:59 1 14 4 3:14.0700 185.500 16 12  
1981 2 05-09 15:49 1 14 4 3:03.6000 196.078 6 3  
1982 25 05-15 16:23 1 14 4 2:57.0500 203.332 3 3  
1983 30 05-21 14:59 2 14 4 3:00.4000 199.557 14 24  
1984 25 05-12 15:23 1 14 1 PULLED OFF
1984 39 05-12 17:39 1 4 4 2:56.5920 203.860 12 12  
1985 10 05-11 11:55 1 14 4 2:54.9420 205.782 27 21  
1986 36 05-11 12:09 2 14 4 2:48.8460 213.212 5 22  
1987 21 05-09 17:07 1 14 4 2:50.6690 210.935 4 4  
1988 4 05-14 1 14 0 PULLED OFF
1988 31 05-14 17:23 1 14 3 PULLED OFF
1988 47 05-21 14:35 3 41 4 2:51.6770 209.696 15 22  
1989 15 05-14 13:24 1 14 4 2:45.7950 217.136 12 10  
1990 24 05-19 11:32 1 14 4 2:43.3210 220.425 8 8  
1991 1 05-11 11:00 1 14 4 2:41.8390 222.443 6 2  
1992 23 05-09 17:57 1 14 3 PULLED OFF
1992 28 05-10 12:20 2 14 4 2:41.5810 222.798 16 23  

Daytona 500 results[edit]

Year Manufacturer Start Finish Team
1963 Pontiac 7 27 Nichels
1964 Ford 8 24 Matthews
1966 Ford 22 33 Johnson
1967 Ford 5 37 Matthews
1968 Ford 19 12 Matthews
1969 Ford 9 4 Bowsher
1970 Ford 28 32 Jack Bowsher
1971 Mercury 1 3 Wood
1972 Mercury 2 1 Wood
1973 Chevrolet 8 4 Foyt
1974 Chevrolet 35 5 Foyt
1975 Chevrolet 9 11 Ellington
1976 Chevrolet 31 22 Ellington
1977 Chevrolet 2 6 Foyt
1978 Buick 3 32 Foyt
1979 Oldsmobile 6 3 Foyt
1980 Oldsmobile 11 31 Foyt
1981 Oldsmobile 10 35 Foyt
1982 Oldsmobile 9 21 Foyt
1983 Chevrolet 9 11 Foyt
1984 Oldsmobile 32 39 Foyt
1985 Oldsmobile 16 30 Foyt
1986 Oldsmobile 20 29 Foyt
1987 Oldsmobile 41 42 Foyt
1988 Oldsmobile 17 33 Foyt
1989 Oldsmobile 24 38 Foyt
1990 Oldsmobile 13 36 Foyt
1992 Oldsmobile 39 21 D. Bierschwale

See also[edit]

References[edit]

The Greatest 33 Profile

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bobby Unser
IROC Champion
IROC III (1976), IROC IV (1977)
Succeeded by
Al Unser
Preceded by
Don White
USAC Stock Car Champion
1968
Succeeded by
Roger McCluskey
Preceded by
Paul Feldner
USAC Stock Car Champion
1978, 1979
Succeeded by
Joe Ruttman
Achievements
Preceded by
Bruce McLaren
Chris Amon
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1967 with:
Dan Gurney
Succeeded by
Pedro Rodriguez
Lucien Bianchi
Preceded by
Jim Rathmann
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1961
Succeeded by
Rodger Ward
Preceded by
Parnelli Jones
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1964
Succeeded by
Jim Clark
Preceded by
Graham Hill
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1967
Succeeded by
Bobby Unser
Preceded by
Johnny Rutherford
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1977
Succeeded by
Al Unser
Preceded by
Richard Petty
Daytona 500 Winner
1972
Succeeded by
Richard Petty