HAPPY BIRTHDAY A.J.!!

HOUSTON January 16, 2016--A.J. Foyt turns 81 today.

"I never thought I would live this long. A lot of people never thought I would either."

As mesquite tough as the Texas land he grew up in, A.J. Foyt has suffered through death-defying accidents and overwhelming health problems the past 81 years. Take a look back at what he overcame to celebrate his birthday with his family, friends and many fans today.

Age 15 - Survived a boating accident in the Galveston Bay when a storm upended his boat, sadly only two of three teenagers survived.

Age 23 - First time he hit the wall in the Indy 500 when a water hose broke

Age 30 - His accident at Riverside (Calif.) Raceway saw him go end-over-end after his brakes failed. He was in critical condition with a bruised aorta, broken back and fractured heel.

Age 31 - He endured burns to his face, neck and hands when he hit the wall at Milwaukee during practice after a suspension failure.

Age 37 - He suffered burns to his back when his dirt car caught fire during a refueling stop. He broke his leg and ankle when he jumped from it and got run over by his own car.

Age 46 - His right arm was badly fractured when a tire failure sent his Indy car into the Armco barrier at Michigan.

Age 48 - He broke two vertebrae in his back after hitting the wall in his stock car at Daytona but won the Paul Revere 250 sports car race that night.

Age 55 - When his brakes failed at turn 1 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., he hit a dirt embankment, breaking his left knee and crushed his left heel, dislocating his left tibia and right heel and sustaining compartment syndrome in both feet. Came back eight months later to qualify second for the 1991 Indy 500.

Age 57 - Broke his left shoulder twice--first in qualifying for the Daytona 500 and then again while practicing for the Phoenix 200 Indycar race.

Age 69 - Suffered badly torn rotator cuff stepping off  his trackhoe excavator.

Age 70 - Survived attack of killer bees which led to systemic shock.

Age 71 - Underwent knee replacement for  his left leg

Age 72 - Escaped from drowning in his enclosed bulldozer when he overturned it into a lake on one of his ranches.

Age 77 - Contracted a nearly fatal staph infection after surgery to remove bone spurs around his artificial left knee.

Age 78 - Underwent back surgery in April, left hip replacement in July and a right knee replacement in December.

Age 79 - Underwent triple bypass surgery and nearly died after post-op complications.

Age 80 - Survived another serious bout of staph infection--this time in his right knee which needed to be replaced again.

So when we wish him Happy Birthday, we are really happy we can!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUPER TEX!!

 

Happy Holidays!

We at AJ Foyt Racing would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and warm wishes for the holidays. We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday wherever you may be spending it. We look forward to a great season and hope the new year is a happy and healthy one for you and your family!

Larry Foyt Gets Married!

HOCKLEY, Texas (Nov. 9, 2015) – One of INDYCAR’s most eligible bachelors has tied the knot! Larry Foyt and Kelly Curran, both of Houston, were married this past Saturday afternoon at Houston Oaks Country Club in Hockley.

The 38-year-old President of AJ Foyt Racing met the beautiful Curran, a 2007 graduate of UCLA’s theater arts program, at the 2012 IndyCar race in Fontana, Calif. The bride’s brother D. Michael Curran officiated the ceremony in the open air Pavilion.

Curran was escorted down the aisle by her father Michael F. Curran, a Houston businessman. The bride wore an ivory silk and Alençon lace wedding gown designed by Ines Di Santo and customized by Carmen at Casa de Novia Bridal in Houston.

Teal Reamer was the Matron of Honor and A.J. Foyt IV was the Best Man. Foyt’s wife Casey Irsay Foyt was one of the attendants. The six bridesmaids wore gowns in varying shades of ecru while the groomsmen wore black tuxedos.

The candle-lit reception for 200 guests, including Takuma Sato who flew in from Tokyo to attend, was held in the Clubhouse, a rustic but elegant stone and wood beam building lavishly decorated with antiques from around the world.

The couple left for a week-long honeymoon at Hotel Le Toiny, a five-star resort in St. Barth’s in the French Caribbean.  They will reside in the Houston Oaks private golf club community in Hockley, northwest of Houston.

(Photos courtesy of Chris Bailey Photography)

AJ Foyt Racing Moves Forward with 2016 Plans

WALLER, Texas Dec. 16, 2015—A.J. Foyt and his son Larry have made changes to the ABC Supply Racing team but they aren’t in the cockpit. Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth will continue as drivers of the ABC Supply Racing Hondas in 2016.

The changes include hiring George Klotz to serve as Team Director, and making Don Halliday the Technical Director wherein he will oversee the race engineers.

Team President Larry Foyt sees the changes as “an important step to bringing some consistency to the team’s performance” after a season of growing pains in 2015 when the team expanded to two full-season entries for the first time since 2002.

“We’re happy to have both Takuma and Jack continuing with us next season because we know they have the talent to win races,” said Foyt. “Maintaining that continuity and building on what we started last season should show immediate benefits. This winter we are focusing on putting all the pieces in place to not only win, but to be a championship caliber team. The consistency of keeping our nucleus together while strengthening our weak points should give us some very competitive ABC cars in the upcoming season.”

Sato will be in his fourth year driving for Foyt, setting a new record as he becomes the longest tenured full-time driver (aside from A.J.) in the history of the team. Prior to Sato’s arrival, that distinction was shared by Billy Boat, A.J. Foyt IV, and Vitor Meira with three years each. The association is the longest for Sato with any one team in both IndyCar and Formula 1 competition.

“It is an absolute honor to be continuously driving for AJ Foyt Racing,” Sato said. “I just appreciate that A.J. and Larry have given me such a fantastic opportunity to drive for this team. I have had great memories with the team and am very happy to add many more! Once again, I send a big thank you to everyone who has supported me to make this happen.”

Commenting on the 2015 season, Sato added, “I think it was very good first year. We probably couldn’t optimize as a two-car team immediately, but we certainly learned a lot. It is something you can’t build in a day, but we have been working on it and I am excited at what will come as a result of that work. Jack and I get on very well, that combination is always a positive. It will help in many areas and I feel it will only make us stronger.”

Hawksworth, who enters his third year of Verizon IndyCar Series competition and second with Foyt’s team, is optimistic about the coming season.

"I'm looking forward to staying with the ABC Supply team for another season in 2016!” said the 24-year-old Yorkshireman who lives close to the Waller-based race shop during the season.  “We obviously can't take any satisfaction in our performance last season and we know there is a large amount of work to be done if we are going to compete regularly with the top teams next season. It's clear though that the team is already making steps and I'm excited about what George Klotz can bring to the table in 2016. It's far too early to make any predictions but I'm optimistic that if we can have a strong winter program then we'll certainly put ourselves in a stronger position than this past season."

Klotz, 54, who had worked as a mechanic for the Foyt team in 1990-1991, returned to the team in October to serve as its Team Director. His responsibilities will be to oversee the operation of both cars, and introduce systems which will streamline operations and improve efficiency.

“I think they are so close to breaking out, and I think that is the feeling throughout the paddock,” said Klotz. “All of the elements are there, we just need to get everything aligned and I think I can help Larry with that. He’s done a great job to get the team to this point and I’m excited by the possibilities and the guys seem excited too.

INDYCAR's 2016 Schedule Features 100th Indy 500, Key Venues, Longer Span

•    Legendary 100th Running of Indianapolis 500 Mile Race set for May 29

•    Three new events increase INDYCAR's presence at traditional venues (Phoenix and Road America) and in a new major Northeast metro market (Boston)

•    2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule expands by five weeks, starting earlier (St. Petersburg, March 13) and ending later (Sonoma, Sept. 18)

•    New schedule poised to continue momentum INDYCAR has experienced with 38 percent growth in TV ratings and viewership over the last two years

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 27, 2015) - INDYCAR announced the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today, a 16-race season - anchored by the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race - that spans five weeks longer than last season and features new events in Phoenix, Road America and Boston. INDYCAR has experienced a 38 percent growth in both television ratings and viewership over the past two years with longstanding TV partners ABC and NBCSN and the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is poised to capitalize and build upon that momentum.

The most diverse schedule in motorsports features five races on oval tracks, five on permanent road courses and six on temporary street circuits.

"Overall, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is another key step forward in INDYCAR's strategic vision," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We're confident that the momentum that INDYCAR has experienced in fan engagement over the past two seasons will continue as a result of the tireless efforts of our event promoters and our improved scheduling on ABC and NBCSN."

The schedule opens March 13 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Verizon IndyCar Series season has debuted in each of the past five seasons. The battle for the Astor Cup - the trophy presented annually to the series champion - concludes Sept. 18 at Sonoma Raceway, where the season came to a thrilling conclusion this year as Scott Dixon won the race to capture the championship on a tiebreaker.

The season includes the series' return to staple venues Phoenix International Raceway and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc., plus the debut of an exciting new event on the streets of Boston.

ABC will broadcast five races in 2016, including the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that kicks off the season two weeks earlier than last year. ABC will blanket Month of May coverage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, broadcasting the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14, Indianapolis 500 qualifications May 21-22 and the eagerly anticipated 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

"The 2016 season is defined by the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500," Miles continued. "The historic significance of our season is marked by this legendary event and the return of several storied venues such as Road America and Phoenix.  Half the venues on our schedule have hosted 25 or more INDYCAR races and further our rich heritage as the premier form of open wheel racing in the United States."