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A. J. Foyt

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Anthony Joseph "A. J." Foyt, Jr. is a retired American racing driver. Foyt raced in numerous motorsport genres. His open wheel racing includes United States Automobile Club, Champ cars and midget cars. He raced stock cars in NASCAR and USAC and has 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 also the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (four times), the Dayton 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1976 and 1977, he won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series and on the NASCAR circuit, he won the 1964 Firecracker 400 and the 1972 Daytona 500. 

Foyt has survived three major crashes which caused serious injuries, and narrowly escaped a fourth. His 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 the 1981 film The Cannonball Run, the villainous character of Arthur J. Foyt was named after him. 

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