Anthony Joseph “A. J.” Foyt, Jr. (born January 16, 1935) (“Super Tex”) is a retired American automobile auto racing driver who has raced in numerous genres of motorsports. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile Club Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC. He won several major sports car racing events. He holds the USAC career wins record with 159 victories, and the American championship racing career wins record with 67.
He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977. In the NASCAR stock car circuit, he won the 1964 Firecracker 400 and the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt survived three major crashes that caused serious injuries, and narrowly escaped a fourth. Foyt’s success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame.
Since his retirement from active racing, he has owned A. J. Foyt Enterprises, which has fielded teams in the CART, IRL, and NASCAR in addition to multiple businesses in the construction and transportation fields.
Foyt was born in Houston, Texas and continues to live and support his local community. He attended Pershing and Hamilton middle schools and Lamar, San Jacinto and St. Thomas Catholic high schools.
Foyt is both a grandfather and godfather. When not busy with the racing season, A.J. Foyt likes to spend time at the family ranches in Waller County and West Texas.