From the photo vault: A.J. Foyt, part 1

Published On May 1, 2016 » 3251 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500, Photography, Uncategorized

We’re chronicling 100 days of Indy 500 history on #SpeedRead leading up to the historic 100th Running. With 28 days to go, we’re digging deep into the IMS photo vault.

More from the vault: Roger Penske | The Unser family | The “day-after” shots | Can I get a word? | Drinking the milk | Henderson/Nabors | The Snake PitSelling the 500 | Going to the dogs | More 100 days blogs

Note: Vote for Foyt on Monday as IMS.com continues its “Champions of the 500” bracket here.

A.J. Foyt, arguably the greatest Indy 500 legend of them all, can be summed up in short bursts. First four-time winner. Most consecutive starts. A champion in front- and rear-engines. 12,272.5 miles completed.

We could go on, but it’s even more fun to look through the vault for photos of the man. You can imagine how many files come up when we type “Foyt” — so many that we’ll do two parts for this blog. Part 1 covers A.J. through 1969, with an emphasis on shots with his fellow drivers and crew. We hope there’s a few here that even the biggest Foyt fans perhaps haven’t seen before.

Enjoy.

The oldest Foyt photo in our vault, from 1953 when a then-18-year-old Foyt raced at short tracks.

The oldest Foyt photo in our vault: From 1953, when a then-18-year-old Foyt raced at short tracks.

In his rookie year of 1958, Foyt spun out in his No. 29 Dean Van Lines car and finished 16th.

In his rookie year of 1958, Foyt spun out in his No. 29 Dean Van Lines car and finished 16th.

Checking out a spark plug with acclaimed chief mechanic Clint Brawner in 1959.

Checking out a spark plug with acclaimed chief mechanic Clint Brawner in 1959.

His driver portrait in 1961.

His driver portrait in 1961.

It's true, Foyt could drive anything. Even a unicycle in 1961.

It’s true, Foyt could drive anything. Even a unicycle in 1961.

A.J. Foyt won his first "500" in 1961, with Eddie Sachs (right) and Rodger Ward (left) finishing second and third.

A.J. Foyt won his first “500” in 1961, with Eddie Sachs (right) and Rodger Ward (left) finishing second and third.

With 1965 Indy 500 champion Jim Clark in 1966.

With 1965 Indy 500 champion Jim Clark in 1966.

When Foyt won his third "500" in 1967, fellow three-time winner Louis Meyer joined him for a photo.

When Foyt won his third “500” in 1967, fellow three-time winner Louis Meyer joined him for a photo.

Foyt with longtime "500" Chief Starter Pat Vidan, in 1969. "Super Tex" in a cowboy hat is a nice bonus.

Foyt with longtime “500” Chief Starter Pat Vidan, in 1969. “Super Tex” in a cowboy hat is a nice bonus.

Two legends have a chat in the garage: Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas and Foyt, in 1969.

Two legends have a chat in the garage: Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas and Foyt, in 1969.

 

 

 

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I joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications team in July 2014 and love sharing stories from the World Capital of Racing, particularly its rich history. Most of my professional career has been in racing or golf, so if I'm not in the IMS media center, the office at 16th and Georgetown or milling around Gasoline Alley, maybe I'll be standing over a birdie putt at Brickyard Crossing. Follow us at @IMS or drop me a line at @JohnSchwarb and come back to the blog often for more stories.
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