A.J. Foyt Released from Hospital, Recovering at Home

HOUSTON Dec. 4, 2014—A.J. Foyt was released from Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center Tuesday afternoon and is recovering at home from his Nov. 12 triple bypass heart surgery.

Although his heart surgery was successful, Foyt developed serious complications with his lungs. He was kept on a ventilator for eight days to allow his lungs to recover full functionality. Ten days in the Intensive Care Unit was followed by an additional 10 days in the hospital. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner’s stay was his longest ever—a total of 25 days from when he was admitted Nov. 7 with chest pains.

“It’s been pretty rough but I guess I slept through the roughest part,” said Foyt, who will turn 80 in January. “I had some problems that most people don’t have after open heart surgery so I made my doctors work extra hard but they saved my life. We’ve turned a corner so everything’s pretty good. I’ve got a long way to go but I’m feeling better every day.”

Foyt is expected to make a full recovery but his doctors have explained to him that it may take longer than he is anticipating. For Foyt, that is called motivation.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We at AJ Foyt Racing are wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are feeling especially grateful this year and hope that everyone has the opportunity to spend this day with their loved ones.

AJ Foyt Racing Hosts Successful ABC Days at the Track in 2014

WALLER, Texas – Since 2008, AJ Foyt Racing has hosted a Day at the Track for its sponsor ABC Supply. This year two ABC Days at the Track were held at MSR Houston, a track located in Angleton, south of Houston.

This year’s events, which were held in mid-October and earlier this week, began with a dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grille, the original Houston restaurant that is one of just two Carrabba’s still owned by the family. Guests enjoyed a private dinner hosted by the Foyt family and were entertained with a wide variety of racing stories. Of course, there were bets among the rookie drivers as to who would come out on top the next day.

The next morning everyone met at the multi-motorsports facility, and Larry Foyt took them around the modified road circuit and instructed them about the characteristics of the car and the track. The drivers then suited up in ABC Supply crew uniforms and given their own helmets.

Each driver received specific instructions about the controls of the Dallara IndyCar which had been raced by Vitor Meira in 2010-2011. After five laps, the driver pitted, and the crew answered any questions—which was usually “How fast was my time?” The driver was then given another five laps to improve that time.

The groups of drivers were comprised of ABC’s customers and ABC associates. The competition among the drivers was fierce as there were more than a few spins as each driver tried to achieve the ultimate lap.

After a lunch catered by Molina’s Cantina—one of Houston’s best Mexican food restaurants and a favorite of A.J.’s—the group headed over to the go-kart track which is part of the motorsports club facility. There the drivers raced against each other as well as Larry Foyt.

A.J. Foyt Update

HOUSTON (Nov. 26)--A.J. Foyt, who underwent successful triple bypass surgery on his heart November 12, remains in a Houston hospital due to a post-operative complication which has been resolved.

“A.J.’s doing really well,” said Larry Foyt, the youngest son of the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner and the Team Director of his father’s racing team. “I’d like to thank everyone who sent get well wishes—it means a lot to A.J. and our family. We’re not sure when he will be released because he needs to rest. He’s improving every day and we’re expecting a full recovery.”

A.J. Foyt Undergoes Successful Triple Bypass Surgery in Houston

HOUSTON Nov. 12, 2014—Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt underwent successful coronary bypass surgery today in Houston after being diagnosed with blockages on Monday.

Foyt, 79, had been admitted to the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center on Friday with intermittent chest pains but initial testing results were inconclusive. However, a cardiac catheterization procedure performed Monday revealed blockages in arteries where Foyt had several stents from past procedures, most recently in March, 2010.

The triple bypass surgery was performed by renowned cardiothoracic surgeons O.H. “Bud” Frazier, MD,  Director of Cardiovascular Surgery Research at Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Chief of Transplant Service, St. Luke’s Medical Center and William Cohn, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology at THI. Both men trained under artificial heart pioneer Dr. Michael DeBakey while Dr. Frazier also worked with Dr. Denton Cooley, a former partner of DeBakey’s and founder of the Texas Heart Institute.

Foyt is expected to remain in the hospital through Monday.

Foyt and his son Larry recently announced the expansion of their IndyCar team from one car to two for the 2015-2016 seasons. Jack Hawksworth was named as driver of the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda; Takuma Sato will pilot the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda for the third straight year. In October, Foyt purchased a building in Speedway, Ind. which will be used by his race team as a Midwest base during the summer.

Foyt has had a number of stays in various Houston hospitals in recent years, most of which were related to injuries stemming from his 1990 Indy car accident at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Last year he underwent back surgery and had his left hip and right knee replaced in separate surgeries, and in 2012, he battled back from a life-threatening staph infection after surgery to remove bone spurs in his artificial left knee, which had been replaced in 2006.

Foyt, who was deemed to be one of the toughest race drivers ever during a career that spanned five decades, has proven to be just as tough in his non-driving ‘golden’ years.