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Old 04-26-2018, 07:25 AM
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A J Foyt article from Hagarty

https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/04/24/aj-foyt-motorsports-history?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_content=18_Apr_25_HagertyNews

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Neat article!

I think it was 1973, a friend of mine and I drove to College Station to see a NASCAR race and a USAC race on the same day. AJ put in quite a performance on his home turf. Gordon Johncock set the pace in a big block Chevy that blew up about 2/3 through the race. On the lower rear quarter of his car it said “AJ Foyt Chevrolet.”

Two other memorable things happened that day, one which I didn’t realize until years later.

The first was that a crew member was CLEARLY killed on pit row and his body laid there unattended for a few minutes or at least it seemed to be that long. My friend and I combed the news for a week or so and never found any mention of it. Something you don’t forget.

The other event was that Texas World Speedway was a VERY high banked race plant and the USAC cars went so fast that the drivers pledged that they would not come back. I think that This resulted in some rule changes or something that slowed the cars down apparently since then. In the early nineties or so, my son had a copy of the “Guinness Book of World Records.” I was thumbing through it and saw that the world record speed on a closed racing course was on that day at that race. I excitedly told my son I was there for it. I don’t know if that record still holds, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it does. As I recall it was about 260MPH.
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:32 AM
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Cool! Was the usac race stockers or indy cars?

The Indy cars had to stop running there as the drivers were blacking out after a couple laps at their fastest speed. It was that or figuring a way to fit them with pressure suits.

I was thinking there is a test track perhaps by Goodyear? in texas where AJ set a record in the oldsmobile Aerotec (?) The Aerotec was an older Indy car chassis fitted with a four cylinder turbocharged Olds engine....Quad 4?
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Here it is:

https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic-cars/videos/a28754/aj-foyt-oldsmobile-aerotech-video/
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:39 AM
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More Aerotec info from Wikipedia:

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Oldsmobile Aerotech
The Oldsmobile Aerotechs were a series of experimental high-speed vehicles created between 1987 and 1992 incorporating the latest in performance technology with the intention of breaking multiple automobile speed records. The first such car was driven by four-time Indy 500 winner A. J. Foyt to a world closed-course speed record of 257.123 mph (413.788 km/h) on 27 August 1987 at the 7.712-mile (12.411 km) test track near Fort Stockton Texas. Prior to this, on 26 August 1987, the car had posted a top speed over a mile of 267.88 mph (431.10 km/h).

The car consisted of a March Indycar single seat chassis enclosed in an extremely efficient aerodynamic body shell. It was powered by a highly turbocharged version of the 2-litre Oldsmobile Quad 4 engine. The Aerotech body was designed by GM Design staff and was one of the sleekest vehicles ever developed for use on a high speed track. The design of the Aerotech included the capability of adjusting underbody sections to control the distribution of downforce, front to rear. Oldsmobile produced three versions of the original Aerotech to prove the capabilities of the company's Quad 4 engine. Two were short-tailed (ST) versions and one was long-tailed (LT).

Subsequently, between 7–15 December 1992, another version of the Aerotech, this time powered by a 4.0 litre Oldsmobile Aurora V8 engine and fitted with lights, broke 47 speed endurance records including the 10000 and 25000 kilometre world speed records. Other national and international speed records ranging from 10 kilometres to 24 hours were accomplished by a team of drivers working 24 hours a day for 8 days. These records were also set at the Fort Stockton test track.
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Old 04-27-2018, 11:42 AM
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More info about the test track owned by Firstone now Bridgstone.

Fort Stockton Home to Multi-Million Dollar Tire Testing Track

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