A.J. Foyt was the man to beat throughout his 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 in the American south and midwest.
Australia also has their form of Midgets called Speedcars, in which Foyt competed 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;
- “Foyt drove in the Indianapolis 500 for 35 consecutive years, winning it four times (the first of only three to do so).
- Foyt is the only driver to win the Indy 500 in both front and rear-engined cars, winning twice with both configurations.
- Foyt is the only driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500 the same year (1967).
- He is the only person to record victories in the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 stock car race, the 24 Hours of Daytona (twice, with co-driver Bob Wollek), the 24 Hours of Le Mans international sports car endurance race in Le Mans, France, as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring (his last major professional win, in 1985, with co-driver Bob Wollek).
- He is one of only 12 drivers to have completed the Triple Crown of endurance racing (victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans).
- He also has 41 USAC Stock Car wins and 50 Sprint Car, Midget, and Dirt Champ Car wins.
- He won the 1975 and 1976 Australian Speedcar Grand Prix at the Liverpool International Speedway in Sydney.
- He has won 12 total major driving championships in various categories.
- His USAC wins tally is a record 138 (The late Rich Vogler is second with 132.)
- Foyt won the 1976 and 1977 IROC championships.
- Foyt won seven NASCAR races.
- Foyt, along with Mario Andretti, are the only men to win both the Indianapolis and Daytona 500s.
- Foyt holds the closed course speed record driving the Oldsmobile Aerotech at an average speed of 257.123 miles per hour (413.799 km/h). He set the record on 27 August 1987 at a 7.712-mile (12.411 km) test track near Fort Stockton, Texas.
- Despite having won more USAC sanctioned events than any other driver Foyt never won a CART sanctioned event.”
Sorry for getting side tracked, I’m a big A.J Foyt fan, and wanted to let all of you know why! Here is a link to his Wiki page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._J._Foyt
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 modern racecars. 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 Museumhttp://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/, and it is amazing to see up close. Turn 10 did an outstanding job of recreating the Coyote for all of us to enjoy.
As always, If you have a diecast of this, or any other, Coyote please share a pic in the comments!