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Birthday: May 25, 1984 ● Hometown: Hockley, Texas
Residence: Indianapolis ● Height/weight: 6-0, 155
A.J. Foyt IV has always been on the fast track to racing success.
The grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 champion A.J. Foyt began his driving career in junior dragsters at age 9, winning two titles, before moving to go-karts at age 11. Despite his famous name, Foyt earned his way up the racing ladder. His first job was working at the race shop as a parts washer and he served on the crew and changed right-front tire for A.J. Foyt Racing IndyCar Series driver Airton Daré during the 2002 season.
That same season, he won the inaugural Indy Pro Series title before stepping up to the IndyCar Series the following season as an 18-year-old. He finished 18th in the 87th Indianapolis 500 on his 19th birthday, becoming the youngest driver to start the race.
Foyt was born in Louisville, Ky., and his parents thought he would become a jockey because his father, Tony, trained thoroughbred horses. He physicially outgrew that notion.
INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS
First start: March 26, 2002 (Homestead-Miami Speedway)
● Finished 19th in IndyCar Series standings for Vision Racing.
● Recorded best finish of fifth at Iowa, advancing 13 positions from starting spot.
● Finished 14th in IndyCar Series standings with Vision Racing.
● Recorded first top five when he finished third at Kentucky after leading the race with 10 laps to go.
● Also recorded top-10 finishes at Kansas, Michigan and Belle Isle.
● Made only start of the season as substitute for injured Dario Franchitti for Andretti Green Racing at Chicagoland.
● Led three laps, the first time he led in his career, and finished 12th.
● Finished 20th in IndyCar Series standings for A.J. Foyt Enterprises, owned by his grandfather, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.
● Finished career-best ninth at season-opening event at Homestead-Miami and matched it at Kentucky.
● Finished 18th in IndyCar Series standings for A.J. Foyt Enterprises.
● Earned career-best start of sixth at Chicagoland Speedway.
● Finished career-best 10th at second Texas race, his first career top-10 finish.
● Finished 21st in standings for A.J. Foyt Racing.
● Returned Foyt name to the Indianapolis 500 driver's starting line-up for the first time since 1992. Started 23rd and finished 18th.
● Finished career-best 11th at Nazareth.
ROAD TO INDYCAR SERIES
● Captured inaugural Indy Pro Series championship, recording four victories and four poles in seven races for A.J. Foyt Enterprises.
● Only driver to win multiple races in Indy Pro Series.
● Paced series in races led (five) and laps led (212).
● Passed IndyCar Series rookie test Oct. 31 at Texas Motor Speedway.
● Won the Southwest Regional championship in the SCCA Formula Continental series with six victories in nine starts.
● Earned Rookie of the Year honors and finished third in the national point standings despite missing three events.
● Finished second in the Briggs heavy class at the World Karting Association Dirt Series World Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.
● Made USAC Silver Crown Series debut in August at Springfield, Ill.
● Began racing career in junior dragsters before moving to go-karts. ... Won Texas and Louisiana state championships and several events in International Kart Federation and World Karting Association competition.
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