AJ Foyt is quite possibly the greatest race car driver that ever lived.
A TRUE RACER
While NASCAR might not have been Foyt’s primary endeavor, when he entered a Cup Series race, he elevated the profile of the sport … and the competition on the track.
Foyt made 128 NASCAR Cup Series starts over 30 years, including at least three races every season from 1963-77. More importantly, he was competitive in almost all of them. He won seven races and finished in the top 10 36 times, a 28% rate.
His crowning NASCAR achievement came in February 1972 when Foyt won the Daytona 500 for the Wood Brothers, leading 167 laps.
Foyt is the only driver to win the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Foyt was named to NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers list in 1998.