INDIANAPOLIS -- For more than four decades A.J. Foyt has defined Indy-car racing.
He won four Indianapolis 500 races as a driver, and won another Indy 500 in 1999 as an owner. He's entered cars in nearly half of the first 84 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Foyt has seen just about everything in more than four decades of racing at Indianapolis, but he believes there are things that still sometimes surprise him at the track.
"Every day, I learn something new here," he said Friday when rain washed out practice for the first time in more than four years. "I've come here and tested here and done well here, and the next moment you start struggling and you have no idea why."
Foyt might be the most capable person of trying to explain what occurs at this track.
He started a record 35 consecutive races, was the first four-time winner of the event, and led in 13 Indy 500s -- more than anyone else. And, as his driver Eliseo Salazar said Thursday, Foyt's probably forgotten more than most people know about Indianapolis.
But even with all that knowledge, Foyt believes only one thing is certain -- at Indianapolis, expect the unexpected.
"If you had ever told me that Al (Unser) Jr. and Emerson (Fittipaldi) would be driving for Roger (Penske) and would have missed the race in '95, I would have said that's impossible," Foyt said. "But that's what makes it Indianapolis."
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