Larry Foyt hopes to follow in family tradition. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 6, 2003) -- Racing legend A.J. Foyt drove Dodge to its first NASCAR Winston Cup (then Grand National) victory at Daytona International Speedway in the 1964 Pepsi...
Larry Foyt hopes to follow in family tradition.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (May 6, 2003) -- Racing legend A.J. Foyt drove Dodge to its first NASCAR Winston Cup (then Grand National) victory at Daytona International Speedway in the 1964 Pepsi 400.
Foyt and Bobby Isaac, both driving Ray Nichels' 1964 Dodges, swapped the lead 16 times during the final 56 laps of the July summer classic. The 29-year-old Foyt followed Isaac's draft and made the final pass heading into Turn 3 on the last lap.
"I was running second to Bobby Isaac,'' Foyt said. "We got down into Turn 3 and had to go around a couple of lapped cars. He went to the top and I went to the bottom. I was all the way down on the apron trying to get around those guys and I just beat him (Isaac) to the flag.''
Entering the 45th running of the Pepsi 400 on July 5, Foyt will have his son Larry Foyt behind the wheel of the No. 14 Harrah's Dodge. While this young driver and team will be considered a longshot to win, they have hopes of a strong run in the thrilling night 160-lap race.
Foyt joins his fellow Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Tony Raines, Jack Sprague and Casey Mears in competing in their first Winston Cup night race at the "World Center of Racing."
Last year, Foyt raced under the lights for the first time at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval in the inaugural summer Busch Series race and finished 11th.
"It's going to be incredible," said Foyt about his first start in the mid-summer classic. "I really enjoy racing here at night. I just enjoy racing here period at Daytona, just the tradition and the history. At the same time, racing night, it's makes it that much cooler. It's a neat experience."
Racing in the Pepsi 400 won't be as difficult for Larry Foyt as it was for his father A.J. Foyt, who made all of his starts in the Pepsi 400 in daytime conditions. Larry Foyt will compete door-to-door with NASCAR's best under cooler conditions.
Said Larry Foyt: "My dad will be the first one to say, 'You don't know how easy you got it kid.' "
Tickets for the Pepsi 400 and the NASCAR Busch Series 250 are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.