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A.J. Foyt's Indy Winning CoyoteTweet
A.J. Foyt was the man to beat throughout his storied racing career. Known as “Super Tex”, or “The Tough Texan”, Foyt was one of the best drivers on the track no matter what discipline of motorsports he was competing in. He was also very outspoken. He is know for some of the greatest racing stories and quotes in motorsports. Foyt started racing Midget and Sprint cars in the early 1950’s. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Sprint cars are powerful front engined, rear drive cars raced on dirt ovals, mainly raced in the American south and midwest. Australia also has their form of Midgets called Speedcars, which Foyt competed in as well. The Midgets are smaller versions of Sprint cars. Most NASCAR and Indy car drivers began their careers in dirt oval racing. The son of a Texan farmer, Foyt was tenacious on and off the track. Foyt is one the few drivers who has won the Indianapolis 500 four times. Foyt is also one of the few who won Indy in a car he helped design and build.
To showcase Foyt’s accomplishments, his Wikipedia page says it best;
Sorry for getting side tracked, I’m a big A.J Foyt fan, and wanted to let all of you know why!
Back to the Coyote!
The Coyote chassis were built by AJ, his father, and a small group of mechanically inclined friends in Texas. The Coyote chassis were competitive for nearly two decades, something unheard of in racecars from that era. The cars were basically rolling experiments. The chassis were tweaked and adjusted to fit whatever the current rules demanded. Numerous different aerodynamic, body, and drivetrain configurations were tried during the Coyotes years of active competition. The 1977 Indianapolis 500 winning Coyote in Forza 5 was powered by a 255 cubic inch, dual overhead cam, turbocharged, Ford V8 producing anywhere from 700 to 800 HP, depending on boost.
I’ve personally seen the 1974 sister car to the one in Forza 5 at the Gilmore Car Museum, and it is amazing to see up close. Turn 10 did an outstanding job of recreating the Coyote for all of us to enjoy.