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Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr.                                                             
Born: January 16, 1935                                                               
Birthplace: Houston, Texas                                                           
Inducted in the first class in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (U.S.) (1990)     
Inducted in the first class into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (1989)       
Inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame (1988)                       
Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. (born January 16, 1935 in Houston, Texas), is               
considered by many as the greatest American automobile racing driver of all time.     
He holds the all-time USAC career wins record with 159 victories.                     
He started his USAC career in a midget car at the 1956 Night before the 500 in       
Anderson, Indiana. His first midget car win was at a 100 lap event at Kansas         
City in 1957, and finished seventh in the season points standings.[1] He left         
midget cars after the 1957 season to drive in sprint cars and Championship Car.       
He did occasionally compete in midget car events. He won the 1960 and 1961           
Turkey Night Grand Prix, the first two years that it was held at Ascot Park. He       
won the 1961 Hut Hundred after starting last, and finished seventh in National       
Midget points that year. He won the 1970 Astro Grand Prix, an event that he           
promoted in his hometown of Houston. He ended his career with 20 midget car           
feature wins.