INDIANAPOLIS – A.J. Foyt, the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, will serve as the grand marshal for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship event Oct. 6-7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Foyt will deliver a competition command from Race Control and meet pilots from the world’s most prestigious aerial racing series, including fellow Texan Kirby Chambliss.
“I’m honored that IMS asked me to be the grand marshal for the air races,” Foyt said. “Any time I can do something at the Speedway, I’m happy to do it because I always enjoy it. I owe a lot to the Speedway – that is what made me.
“It will be my first time to see a Red Bull Air Race, which is something that I’m really looking forward to. I had planned to go last year, but something came up and I couldn’t make it. I would like to see one before I pass on. I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did, this would be on it.”
Foyt, a Houston native, is one of the greatest, most recognized drivers in motorsports history. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977 as a driver and again in 1999 as a team owner with driver Kenny Brack behind the wheel.