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Foyt Named Grand Marshal for 12H Sebring

A.J. Foyt will serve as Grand Marshal at the 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring…

Photo: Sebring International Raceway

Racing legend A.J. Foyt will serve as Grand Marshal for the 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, track officials announced on Thursday.

 

Foyt recorded the final win of his illustrious driving career at the 1985 Sebring 12-hour race, co-driving with Bob Wollek in a Porsche 962.

Other Sebring podium finishes for Foyt were a second-place in 1967 driving a Ford GT with Lloyd Ruby and third place in 1984 driving a Porsche with Wollek and Derek Bell.

Foyt’s incredible career includes four Indianapolis 500 victories, plus a fifth win as a car owner. Foyt teamed with Dan Gurney to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1967, and he won the Daytona 500 in 1972.

Foyt also recorded two wins at Daytona’s Rolex 24. “Super Tex” holds the United States Auto Club (USAC) record with 159 career wins.

“A.J. Foyt is America’s greatest race car driver,” said Sebring Raceway President Wayne Estes. “Whether in sports cars, Indy cars, stocks cars or anything with four wheels, and whether on a road course, superspeedway, dirt or mountainside, A.J. Foyt fielded and drove winners in every form of motorsport.

That he put his final exclamation point on his incredible driving career by winning at Sebring makes his return here all the more meaningful to the fans and competitors at the 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.”

“I really used to enjoy racing at Sebring in my younger days, and am glad to have won the 12 Hour race there with my good friend Bob Wollek,” stated Foyt. “It’s an honor to be named Grand Marshal and I’m looking forward to that weekend.”

In addition to serving as Grand Marshal, Foyt will be inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame in 2018. Other inductees and details of the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. WBrowning

    November 30, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Very cool, grew up a big A.J. fan as a kid, if only he’d won the Baja 1000 he’d have all the world’s biggest races.

  2. George 917-30

    December 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

    A.J. Is truly one of the giants of the sport, though fans of Mario and Gurney will forever argue who is the greatest. I think that he could have done very well in F1 in the 60’s with the right team, but he obviously had no desire to leave the U.S., and didn’t view F1 or racing in Europe in general with the same regard that those two did.

    The relationship between Foyt and Wolleck is fascinating, going from “who is A.J. Foyt” when Preston Henn dropped A.J into his car during a race (and they won), to becoming great friends with high mutual respect and admiration. Wolleck’s “Inspector Clouseau” interview during that initial race (when he expresses his displeasure with an unknown taking over for him) is a classic racing moment. Wolleck’s death while riding his bicycle on a road near Sebring in a later year was a great and needless tragedy.

  3. Andy Hamilton

    December 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Ive often wondered how Wollek didnt know who AJ was when he took over the 935 at Daytona in 83′ A 4 time Indy winner and LeMans winner?
    I think Bob was intially embarrassed by what AJ did with the “souped up VW” that he had to try and down play it.

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