Racing Helmet Worn by A. J. Foyt, 1967-1969

Summary

A.J. Foyt's racing career included multiple national championships and wins at the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But he was never prouder than in 1958, when he competed in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time. Foyt returned to Indy as a driver every year through 1992 and became the first person to win the race four times.

A.J. Foyt's racing career included multiple national championships and wins at the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But he was never prouder than in 1958, when he competed in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time. Foyt returned to Indy as a driver every year through 1992 and became the first person to win the race four times.

A.J. Foyt began auto racing at an early age. He began with midget cars in the 1950s and quickly moved up the ranks. He won the Indianapolis 500 four times--in 1961, 1964, 1967, and 1977. In 1967, A. J. Foyt and his partner Dan Gurney drove the Ford Mark IV to victory at the Le Mans race in France. This was Foyt's first European sports car race and the first time an American car and driver team had won at Le Mans. Foyt is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. During his long racing career, Foyt has raced and won in midgets, stock cars, sports cars, Indy cars, and on dirt and paved courses and tracks. His company, A.J. Foyt Enterprises in Waller, Texas, currently runs three racing teams.

Detailed Description
Artifact

Crash helmet

Date Made

1967-1969

Subject Date

1967-1969

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driven to Win

Object ID

89.1.1734.16

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Family of William L. Mitchell.

Material

Plastic
Polystyrene
Nylon
Leather
Metal

Color

Orange (Color)
Black (Color)
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 10 in

Width: 10 in

Depth: 12 in

Circumference: 34 in

Inscriptions

Painted on sides: A.J. Impressed into visor: BELL

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