IMS Museum gathers 30-plus cars for Foyt exhibit

A.J. Foyt, the Indianapolis 500’s first four-time winner, is to be honored with a major exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of his fourth victory at the Speedway.

A.J. Foyt:  A Legendary Exhibition will open April 14 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and will run until October 31. Longtime team sponsor ABC Supply is the presenting sponsor, along with support from Al-Fe Heat Systems and Chevrolet.

Almost three dozen cars aim to help trace his rise from dirt track racing to the pinnacle of U.S. racing, and represent his great versatility. However, for many the centerpieces will be his four Indy 500 winning cars – the 1961 Bowes Seal Fast Special Trevis-Offy in which he memorably beat Eddie Sachs; the ’64 Sheraton-Thompson Special Watson-Offy with which he scored the final Indy win for a front-engined roadster; the ’67 Sheraton-Thompson Coyote-Ford in which he dodged a final lap pile-up; and the Gilmore Coyote-Foyt in which he became the Speedway’s first four-time winner.

“Everyone knows that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite track and that people wouldn’t know me if it weren’t for the Indy 500, but to have the Museum put on this exhibit there, I feel truly honored,” said Foyt. “This exhibit will give people a chance to see my winning Indy cars but also some of the other race cars I drove and won in over the years.”

Foyt’s career in NASCAR (he won the Daytona 500 in 1972), USAC and road racing will also be represented, and the exhibition contains memorabilia from Foyt’s personal collection.

“Based on the stuff we shipped to Indy, I think the Museum has a lot of personal memorabilia and photos that their visitors will like seeing,” Foyt added. “I haven’t seen some of the cars in many, many years so to be truthful, I’m looking forward to the exhibit too!”

The Museum’s director and curator Ellen Bireley said: “A.J. Foyt is perhaps the most iconic driver in the 108-year history of the Brickyard.

“We are proud to honor this incredible champion with an exhibit of memories and memorabilia that pays tribute to one of the most diverse and successful careers in auto racing history.”