A.J. Foyt Recovers at Home as He Approaches Milestone Birthday
His ABC Supply Racing Team continues to build its no. 41 car staff
HOUSTON (Jan. 12, 2015)—For A.J. Foyt, turning 80 this Friday may be one of his greatest accomplishments in a lifetime defined by record-setting milestones.
The only man to win the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of LeMans and the Daytona 500 continues to recover from serious complications sustained following his triple bypass heart surgery November 12, 2014.
Foyt was discharged from a Houston hospital December 2nd but was readmitted a week later. He spent an additional two weeks in the hospital to have several procedures performed related to post-operative complications. He is expected to make a full recovery.
“I’ve had a lot of accidents and have always recovered pretty fast,” said Foyt, who has battled back from multiple injuries throughout his illustrious career. “But this is altogether different from an accident because it’s a health problem. All during my career I never had any health problems so I don’t think I realized how lucky you are when you’re healthy. This last deal really caught me off guard and I think I’ve got it whipped now but it’s going to take time. My doctors told me it wasn’t something I’d recover from real quick. I didn’t want to accept that—and still don’t—but it’s taking me a lot longer than I thought. I’m not one of those guys that can just lay around and take it easy, but that’s exactly what I’ve got to do now. It’s driving me nuts.”
The Texan has been spending most of his time at his Houston home but is hoping to make a visit to his ABC Supply Racing team’s race shop soon—perhaps on January 16th to briefly celebrate his 80th. “I’m looking forward to being back with the guys—and I’m pretty sure my wife Lucy is looking forward to that too. She has been a real trooper through all of this.”
The team’s Waller headquarters-- located about 40 minutes northwest of Houston—is bustling as the team is in the midst of an expansion to two full-time entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season. Veteran driver Takuma Sato will be joined by Jack Hawksworth, the 23-year-old British driver who won the 2014 Tony Renna Rising Star Award in his rookie year of IndyCar competition.
“Larry and I talk every day to discuss the second team,” said Foyt of his youngest son. “I have to leave all of the hiring up to him but he’d ask my opinion and a few I said no to and a few yes. He analyzed it all and we agreed on everything. I think he’s done a great job, with it being the first time he’s had to put everything together. He stepped up to the plate big time. I felt like he could do it, but I didn’t know if he really wanted it, but he’s done a helluva job.”