Foyt will not only be back with his team, but he’ll be the grand marshal when the IZOD IndyCar Series races in his hometown of Houston, Texas, for the first time Oct. 5-6 at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.
“I wish I wasn.t so damn old that I could run myself,” said Foyt. “But time passes on. There comes a time when you have to quit. I felt like it was there the day I quit it at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That was it. I crawled out and I haven’t crawled back in one since. Even though we go testing, a lot of people say why don’t you get in one, and that would be like an alcoholic. You take to hearing all that and have a beer or something like that, and then you’re right back on it. I know I’m too old to even try, but I fight. But there is no way you could hogtie me in one anymore.”
Foyt knows he’s been fortunate to have been around racing as long as he has.
“Everybody said when I started I was never going to live to be 22, so I don’t know if that’s good or bad,” Foyt said. “I wasn’t even supposed to be around this long. They showed me pictures of my earlier days up on two wheels and one wheel. That’s when you didn’t have all of the roll cages. I guess I’m lucky to still be here. It’s been a good life. It’s been a fun life. Life is very short. People don’t realize if you cannot do what you want to do in life, you have a miserable life.
“So far I’’ve been able to do what I want to do and had a lot of fun. I’ve been able to feed my wife and the children. I’m no big, big, multi-, multi-millionaire, but at least I know where my next meal’s coming from now. It’s been a good life and I’ve had a lot of fun. So what else can you ask about life?”
Finally, not surprisingly, Foyt is not a fan of having a road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the weeks leading up to the Indianapolis 500.
“In my own opinion, I would hate to see that because Indianapolis 500 has been like the Kentucky Derby,” Foyt said. “It’s a legendary race and I think it would take a little bit from the 500. Now after the 500, mid year, something like that, that would probably be fine. But I’d hate to see it interfere with the Indy 500 maybe a week or two before it opens. I don’t think it’s a good deal, and that’s my personal opinion. I know a lot of people probably think it would be good, but I don’t think you’d have that many people there. I just think it would take away something from the Indy 500. That’s the way I feel.”