From the photo vault: A.J. Foyt, part 2

Published On May 8, 2016 » 3261 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500, Photography

We’re chronicling 100 days of Indy 500 history on #SpeedRead leading up to the historic 100th Running. With 21 days to go, we’re digging deep into the IMS photo vault.

More from the vault: A.J. Foyt, Part 1 | 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

Last week, we took a dive into the IMS photo vault for classic A.J. Foyt photos from the 1950s and 1960s, finding no shortage of tremendous photos of arguably the greatest Indy 500 legend of them all.

The majority of Foyt’s record 35 consecutive “500” starts came from 1970-92, so that demanded a run back into the vault for more. We’ve emphasized shots with fellow drivers and some that perhaps even the biggest Foyt fans perhaps haven’t seen before.

Enjoy.

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With Johnny Rutherford in 1972.

Looking over the Coyote with Johnny Parsons in the cockpit in 1973.

Looking over the Coyote with Johnny Parsons in the cockpit in 1973.

These fans loved Foyt on the pole in 1974, alas he finished 15th.

These fans loved Foyt on the pole in 1974, alas he finished 15th.

Spending a casual moment with Bobby Unser and Gordon Johncock in 1975.

Spending a casual moment with Bobby Unser and Gordon Johncock in 1975.

Taking a famous ride with Tony Hulman after his fourth and final win in 1977. Hulman died later that year.

Taking a famous ride with Tony Hulman after his fourth and final win in 1977. Hulman died later that year.

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File this under “things you’d never see today”: In 1978, Foyt’s car ran out of gas at the end of the race, and fans flowed out of the infield to push it back to the pits.

Roger Penske, Rick Mears, Foyt. No legends in this picture, eh?

Roger Penske, Rick Mears, Foyt. No legends in this picture, eh?

A few words with Tom Carnegie in 1993, the year Foyt retired from the "500."

A few words with Tom Carnegie in 1993, the year Foyt retired from the “500.”

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