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Back Home Again in Indiana: A.J. Foyt Returns to the 500


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Portrait of every former American sports legend in the twilight of life.

Everywhere he looks holds a memory.

The starting line. He was 23, almost Hawksworth’s age, when he drove on the speedway for the first time in 1958, and qualifying for his first Indianapolis 500 mile race was the thrill of a lifetime. His daddy was so proud.

The pits. This is where races are won and lost. Late in the 1961 race, he stopped for fuel, but there was an error, and he returned to the race without enough to finish. Eddie Sachs pushed hard to keep up, but shredded a tire. Meanwhile Foyt pitted again, but only for enough fuel to finish, just a splash, and raced out of the pits to win his first 500 by just more than 8 seconds.

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