INDIANAPOLIS – Racing legend A.J. Foyt has long cited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as his favorite track in the world. Now he has one more reason to count it as his favorite.
Foyt’s success in the Indianapolis 500 is immortalized in his four visages on the silver Borg-Warner winner’s trophy but now he will become part of the track which has been a part of him for over 60 years.
Yesterday a bronze brick engraved with his name and the years he won – 61, 64, 67, 77 – was placed in the yard of bricks on the front straightaway of the track dubbed the Brickyard.
Bud Tucker places brick in track as A.J. Foyt watches. The brick will be cemented in permanently.
Orchestrated by IMS President Doug Boles, the presentation took place at the base of the Pagoda due to rainy weather, but the rain didn’t dampen the spirit of the occasion. Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns IMS and INDYCAR, was also on hand for the ceremony.
Addressing Foyt, Boles said, “We thought it was really important that since you were our first four-time winner, we would start with you.” Later in the year, the other two four-time winners, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears, will be honored with commemorative bricks of their four wins.