HOUSTON – Motorsports legend A.J. Foyt underwent successful back surgery today in a Houston hospital.
Foyt, 78, will be kept overnight as a precaution. Neurosurgeon Dr. David Cech performed the laminectomy procedure in the lumbar region of Foyt’s spine to relieve the sciatic nerve pain he had been experiencing recently. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Although the surgery was originally scheduled to be Wednesday, Foyt asked for the earlier surgery to hasten his recovery period. He is planning to be at Indianapolis next month as his ABC Supply IndyCar team works to continue the momentum gained from Takuma Sato’s victory in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens for practice on Saturday, May 11th. Foyt will field two Honda-powered cars for the Indianapolis 500 on May 26th with Sato piloting the No. 14 and rookie Conor Daly making his debut in the ABC Supply No. 41.