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AJ Foyt on the mend after heart op

Having watched the race, the famously no-nonsense Foyt also had a typically forthright opinion on the subject of the controversial double-file restarts that have been the centre of much discussion since Sunday.

"I like them and the drivers better get used to them because I bet they are here to stay. The biggest accident happened at the start but starts are always double file so there was no excuse for that deal," he expounded. "I think having double file restarts will make the show better. After all, if the drivers do them enough, they will get better at it, right? For the fans I think it's great because it mixes it up more.

"I know that double-file is a double-edged sword because there will be times my team may suffer because of them, but anyone can restart in a single file. That doesn't take too much skill or brains. These drivers need to use their heads."

Foyt added that when he started out in motorsports, if you didn't use your head and respect your rivals then you were going to end up in hospital. Foyt started racing in midget cars in 1956 and over the course of his career became the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona (twice), the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring, giving him a cross-formula success to rival that of his contemporary, Mario Andretti. He suffered serious leg and feet injuries in a crash in the 1990 CART race at Road America, only to rebound and qualify in second place in the 1991 Indianapolis 500, but his last attempt to race at Indy came two years later in 1993 when he failed to qualify, after which he retired aged 58 and concentrated on team ownership.

He had set up AJ Foyt Enterprises in 1973 fielding Ron Hutcherson in the NASCAR series, but more recently the team's attention has been in competing in the CART/IndyCar series with drivers including Meira, Al Unser Jr., Paul Tracy, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Darren Manning, as well as Foyt's grandson AJ Foyt IV.





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B-Dawg - Unregistered

April 01, 2011 7:08 PM

Get well soon, AJ!! I just have to make a correction... AJ didn't fail to qualify at Indy in 1993 or any other year. If I remember right, he was running some laps, and then made a slow lap and made the retirement announcement.

Maxx - Unregistered

April 01, 2011 5:45 PM

Nothing is gonna kill that tough old bastard. He was almost crushed to death when he rolled a Caterpiller bulldozer into a lake a couple years ago. If AJ says double file restarts are good that's all anybody should need to hear. Even though it may cost him a car, or two. How refreshing it would be to see more drivers like him again. He'll drive anything anywhere and be competitive. He will also live wuth the rules that are writen. After the Indy race, most of the drivers were whining like babies about the new rules on restarts. You're supposed to be professionals, act like one.



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