A.J. Foyt undergoes successful back surgery

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt had successful back

surgery Tuesday.

His team said the 78-year-old IndyCar owner was expected to stay

in a Houston hospital overnight. Surgeons were trying to relieve

the sciatic nerve pain Foyt complained about. He is expected to

make a full recovery.

A.J. Foyt Racing won its first race in 11 years Sunday when

Takuma Sato won at Long Beach in his third race with the team. Sato

became the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race, and the

first Foyt driver to win on a street or road course since Foyt

himself in 1978.

Foyt watched the race on television at home in Texas. He plans

to be at next month’s Indianapolis 500, where will also have rookie

Conor Daly driving.