IndyCar retro: A.J. Foyt's finest season
Al Unser captured 10 of 18 USAC big car races in 1970 and Mario Andretti bagged nine triumphs in 24 Indy car starts on the 1969 National Championship Trail. Al Unser Jr. won eight times in 16 tries during the 1994 CART season while Michael Andretti scored eight wins in 17 starts during his 1991 CART championship. Will Power, who recently scored his first IndyCar title, has won almost a quarter of the races he’s competed in during the past five years.
But, as impressive as those numbers all are, nothing tops or likely ever will the season A.J. Foyt put together in 1964. In 13 races, Super Tex won 10 of them – including the first seven. There were five one-mile dirt shows (Langhorne, DuQuoin, Springfield, Indianapolis, Sacramento) and he won ’em all. His five pavement triumphs all came in his belovedroadster while fending off the first serious wave of the rear-engine revolution. There were 2,050 laps and Foyt led 861 of them. He won every race he finished.
And he also found time to win five USAC sprint shows, three USAC stock car races and NASCAR’s Firecracker 400.
His final Indy car victory of 1964 was 50 years ago this past week and he’d already clinched his fourth USAC championship in five seasons.
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