In the world of sports, motor or otherwise, A.J. Foyt, Jr. needs no introduction. His success in racing is unprecedented, unmatched and unlikely to ever be bettered. His last major victory, the 1985 12 Hours of Sebring, came driving a Porsche 962 with factory driver Bob Wollek.
Now 80 years old, “Super Tex” remains a constant in the sport of Indy car racing fielding a two-car team. However, as many of his greatest achievements reach milestones of their own, the lifetime Houston, Texas-resident is being called-upon to celebrate those moments. In 2018, “A.J.” returns to central Florida as Grand Marshall of the 66th Running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 14 – 17. Foyt will also be inducted into this year’s class of the Sebring Hall of Fame on March 16.
The Sebring title in ’85 sealed A.J.’s elite sports car status. He had already taken on “Legend Level” standing in Indy car, USAC and NASCAR. The ’85 Sebring win added to his 24 Hours of Le Mans (1967) and Rolex 24 At Daytona (1983 and 1985) trophies to place him in the pantheon of sports car aces. He sits alone as the only driver to win Indy, the Daytona 500 as well as overall at Le Mans, the Rolex 24 and Sebring.
Porsche and Foyt have a storied connection. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner – the first of only three drivers to achieve that distinction – earned Rolex 24 At Daytona titles in 1983 in a Porsche 935 and 1985 in a 962. He swept the “Florida 36” in the 962 backed by Preston Henn’s Swap Shop. The Sebring win coming in a car painted in the famous “Coyote Orange”, a color first made famous in racing by Foyt with his 1967 Indy 500 victory.
The winning 962, which also won Daytona but in a Valvoline oil livery of the time, will be on display in Sebring’s “Gallery of Legends” over the course of the Sebring weekend.
A.J. Foyt, Jr.
“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. It’s an honor to be named Grand Marshal and I’m looking forward to that weekend.”