IndyCar Classic a “home” race for Foyt family
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Larry Foyt's memories of the Austin area mostly involve water skiing and packs of adolescent boys sneaking a peek at the nudist beach in an area called Hippie...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The first IndyCar race of the season will see both A.J. Foyt and paralyzed driver Robert Wickens back at the track.
IndyCar revving up tons of momentum for 2019 season
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — IndyCar heads into 2019 with everything going in the right direction.
The series has a new long-term sponsor in Japanese communications giant NTT. Tire manufacturer Firestone has extended its supplier deal for five more years. A new broadcast deal with NBC is set to launch.
Scott Dixon adds 5th IndyCar championship to resume
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Scott Dixon was fully reclined, quietly watching NASCAR on television with friends, as the clock inched toward the IndyCar season finale. A fifth championship was one steady Sunday drive away and Dixon wasn't the least bit stressed.
The Latest: Scott Dixon seals 5th IndyCar championship
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the IndyCar season finale Sunday at Sonoma Raceway (all times local):
Scott Dixon has won his fifth IndyCar championship with a second-place finish at Sonoma Raceway.
Ryan Hunter-Reay won the race from the pole.
Dixon needed only a steady race to hold off challenger Alexander Rossi in the championship fight. Rossi broke his front wing on the opening lap when he ran into teammate Marco Andretti and it effectively ended his chances.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scott Dixon didn't spend much time sharing the spot with Michael Andretti for the third-most wins in Indy-car history.
A week after a matching victory, Dixon led the last 119 laps in the IndyCar Series race at Texas on Saturday night to move ahead of Andretti with career win No. 43.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway (all times local):
Scott Dixon won his second consecutive IndyCar Series race to quickly break a tie for the third-most career wins in Indy-car history.
Dixon led 119 of 248 laps at Texas on Saturday night for his 43rd career victory. A week ago at Detroit, he won to match Michael Andretti's 42 wins. Dixon trails only A.J. Foyt's 67 wins and Mario Andretti's 52.
Scott Dixon is looking for just a bit more consistency from start to finish on race weekends, even if he hasn't placed out of the top five in more than a month.
Imagine what Dixon could accomplish the rest of this IndyCar season once he really feels like he's in a groove behind the wheel of the No. 9 Honda.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Kanaan found himself in a familiar place atop the speed chart Friday at the final practice for the Indianapolis 500, while Honda appeared to find a little more speed on Carb Day.
Kanaan paced the field with a lap of 227.791 mph, underscoring the might that Chevrolet has shown all month. But he was followed by three Honda-powered cars driven by Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti and Sebastien Bourdais, a sign of just how wide open Sunday's race figures to be.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For all the success Tony Kanaan has had inside an Indy car, from winning the series title to his long-sought Indianapolis 500 triumph, you'd think he would have landed with one team for good.
Instead, one of the sport's most popular drivers has always been searching for stability.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A.J. Foyt still cuts an imposing figure around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Everyone knows of him, everyone knows his record and it seems everyone here has actually met one of the greatest drivers ever. He has seen and done virtually everything around this 2.5-mile oval, even getting retirement advice from inaugural Indianapolis 500 winner Ray Harroun three decades before he actually put it to use.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The throwback month is in full swing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Danica Patrick started tuning up for her final race on the historic 2.5-mile oval more than a week ago. Helio Castroneves has been peppered with questions about becoming the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.
The seemingly indestructible A.J. Foyt came back less than two months after surviving a second bout with killer bees. Even real, live bumping should be on the qualifying weekend docket.
Detroit — IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan has cherished memories from races at Belle Isle, a reason he was in town Tuesday afternoon to promote the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader, which will be held on June 1-3.
James Davison enters Indy 500 with A.J. Foyt Racing
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A.J. Foyt Racing has added a third car for the Indianapolis 500 with driver James Davison.
Davison is the 35th announced entry for the May race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Friday's announcement came a day after Dreyer & Reinbold Racing said it would field J.R. Hildebrand, guaranteeing bumping for the event for the first time since 2015. Only 33 cars will make IndyCar's marquee race.
HOUSTON (AP) — Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt was briefly hospitalized after an attack of Africanized killer bees he encountered while working on his ranch.
Wednesday's attack was the second time the 83-year-old has disturbed beehives while working on his bulldozer. He sustained over 200 stings to his head alone in a 2005 bee attack.
Chip Ganassi Racing to downsize to 2 cars in IndyCar in 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chip Ganassi Racing will return to a two-car team in the IndyCar Series next season in a business decision the team owner said led to layoffs.
AJ Foyt stunned by Harvey’s fury, helping relief effort
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — A.J. Foyt and son Larry know they're among the lucky ones — their Houston homes have suffered only minimal damage from Hurricane Harvey.
But the man known as "Super Tex" is stunned by what he's seen since Harvey struck with devastating force.
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Irap won the $500,000 Indiana Derby by five lengths over Colonelsdarkemper, owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Irap ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.21 on Saturday night at Indiana Grand. He paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 in the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds. Irap is trained by Southern California-based Doug O'Neill.
Colonelsdarktemper returned $9.60 and $5.80, while Untrapped was another length back in third and paid $2.80 to show.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves watched from afar as NASCAR stars Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart retired and Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced that he will step away after the season.
Castroneves is far from jealous. But he is definitely curious.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Helio Castroneves has spent the past six years chasing history at the Indianapolis 500, trying in vain to join A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser Sr. in an exclusive club of four-time winners.
He didn't anticipate making a different kind of history last weekend.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Zach Veach crashed hard Friday on the final day of practice before qualifying this weekend for the Indianapolis 500.
Veach's car wiggled coming through the first turn before slamming hard into the outside wall. The car slid through the second turn and then hit the wall again before skidding to a stop. He stayed in the car momentarily before climbing out under his own power. The 22-year-old American was later checked, cleared and released to drive.
Veach happy to be thrown into IndyCar in Alabama
Zach Veach had called Ed Carpenter Racing simply to check in on a fellow injured driver.
But, since he was on the phone and there was a temporary vacancy, Veach figured he may as well let general manager Tim Broyles know he was available and "more than happy to help out" if there was a need.
Zach Veach to make IndyCar debut in Alabama this weekend
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Zach Veach will make his IndyCar debut this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.
Ed Carpenter Racing announced Tuesday that Veach will fill in for JR Hildebrand, who broke his left hand on the last lap April 9 at Long Beach. Hildebrand had surgery two days later.
The 22-year-old Veach was set to make his debut at the Indianapolis 500 next month with A.J. Foyt Racing.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Zach Veach will enter the Indianapolis 500 next month with A.J. Foyt Racing.
It will be the IndyCar debut for the 22 year old from Ohio. His sponsor will be the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim, which is the LPGA event scheduled in September at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's golf course.
Veach has six wins and six poles in three Indy Lights seasons. His car number will be No. 40 in honor of the 40th anniversary of A.J. Foyt's fourth Indy 500 win.
Taylor-made move lands brothers, Jeff Gordon win in Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — He's one of the top racers in America, and almost always overlooked, even on the day the boldest move of his career gave him the biggest win of his life.
Ricky Taylor used a gutsy pass with less than 7 minutes remaining in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to fearlessly grab the win for Wayne Taylor Racing. After, he stood in the background in victory lane.
Jeff Gordon joins exclusive club with Rolex 24 victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon's latest racing accomplishment won't take up much room in his expansive trophy case.
But it's sure to get a prime spot.
The retired NASCAR star joined an exclusive club Sunday by becoming the fourth driver to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Daytona 500. Racing legends A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti, as well as NASCAR regular Jamie McMurray are the only others to accomplish the feat.
This story appeared in the May 31, 1961, Houston Chronicle. The headlines and story are reprinted as they ran then.
Indianapolis - A.J. Foyt, a bold 26-year-old Texan whose confidence is matched only by his driving skill, today stands as king of the automobile racing world.
A.J. Foyt: a track record of success and longevity with a shot of temper
Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr. - A.J. to his friends and foes, "Super Tex" to those who coin nicknames - could fly past you in a second on the track, but his accomplishments take considerably longer to recite.