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When asked what the best advice his legendary father ever gave him was, it should come as no surprise that the Texan’s greatest impression on his son, Larry, was made through his actions and attitude, not his words. “With A.J. it wasn’t so much verbal advice, but I’ve always admired his determination. I think that’s one of the things that made him so successful.”
Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises and son of the company’s namesake, is also determined.
“A.J. loves to win, and that’s what we’re trying to get back to. It’s hard, trust me, it’s not a lack of effort. We’re up against some very good teams, and it’s a very tough business, but we’re determined to turn this thing around and get back in victory lane.”
Now in his 14th year at the helm of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Larry Foyt is a veteran of the paddock who has experienced the highs and lows of racing throughout his career, both on and off the track. History shows the team enjoyed success not so far in the rearview mirror.
During Foyt’s tenure, which began in earnest in 2007, the team returned to Victory Circle in the 2013 Long Beach Grand Prix, the IndyCar Series’ most historic and prestigious street course event. Winning driver Takuma Sato also claimed three pole positions (fastest qualifier) in his four-year stint with the Foyt team.
Along with A.J. Foyt IV, Foyt co-founded Foyt Family Wines in 2008. He continues to build the award-winning boutique wine company that sources its product from Napa Valley and Sonoma County in California. In 2016, the company produced over 1,500 cases of its premium wines.
Foyt’s growth of A.J. Foyt Enterprises included purchasing and overseeing the renovation of a multi-purpose facility in Speedway, Indiana, in 2014. The following year, Foyt and Foyt IV opened the Foyt Wine Vault, a Foyt Family Wines tasting room and retail center which has become very popular within the local Speedway community, as well as with tourists visiting Indianapolis. With the relocation of the No. 4 team to the other end of the property, Foyt will be able to check on both interests, which are within walking distance.
Foyt serves on the board for Pink and Blue for Two, the cancer awareness charity whose spokeswoman is Olivia Newton-John. Additionally, he regularly donates items from the race team (and his past racing career) to a variety of charities throughout the year.
The Houstonian began his professional career as a race car driver. He competed in three Indianapolis 500s (2004-2006). Prior to his IndyCar experience, Foyt spent four years competing in NASCAR: he raced in the Winston (now Monster Energy) Cup Series in 2003-2004 and in the Busch Grand national (now Xfinity) Series in 2001-2002. Foyt was a brand ambassador for Harrah’s Casinos and a national spokesman for the Meals on Wheels program for four years (2000-2003). After starting in karts and progressing to Formula 2000, Foyt jumped to stock cars in 2000 and spent a season in the American Speed Association (ASA).
Foyt’s experience as a driver served him well as he gradually ascended to his role as president of the race team. Foyt’s determination to get the team back to victory lane is nearly as strong as his determination to make his father proud. It’s only a matter of time when he’ll succeed in doing just that.