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AJ Foyt recovering from back surgery

"We've had a lot of drivers, but none of them wanted to win. This boy wants to win," said a clearly impressed Foyt after this weekend's long overdue victory for his team.

“We knew he was fast [but] until you really know somebody, you don't know how you're going to work together and how it's going to be," said Larry Foyt. "I think that puts us in a good position with the future. What he did [at Long Beach], hopefully that keeps us heading in that direction.”

AJ Foyt also wants to be on hand to get Conor Daly up to speed for this series début for AJ Foyt Racing in the second Foyt Racing car at Indianapolis.

Foyt himself is a four-time Indy 500 champion (in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977) in a career that spanned 369 open wheel races over 35 years as well as 128 more in NASCAR Sprint Cup, which contributed to his becoming the only driver to have won the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the Indy 500 in his time behind the wheel.

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AJ Foyt signs a poster souvenir at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
AJ Foyt. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
AJ Foyt in a buggy on pit lane at the indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: R Ellis for IndyCar Media)
AJ Foyt. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Spencer Pigot - Ed Carpenter Racing
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Sebastian Bourdais (KVSH Racing) celebrates in Detroit   [image creid: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens]
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