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A.J. Foyt might run Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart in Indy 500

Jun 5, 2014, 4:54 PM EDT

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Legendary driver-turned-owner A.J. Foyt says he would consider fielding a race car for Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart – or both – in next year’s Indianapolis 500.

“If (Gordon) wanted to, yes he could do a good job at Indy and if he wanted to, I’d consider it,” Foyt told The Detroit News. “Tony too. I gave Tony his first Indy ride in testing. Definitely I would (consider giving them a seat) because I know they could do the job.”

It would be a milestone 500 for Foyt, who turns 80 next January. The four-time Indy 500 winner would be celebrating his 58th year in racing that year, as well.

One of the reasons Foyt is inspired to run cars for Gordon and/or Stewart was Kurt Busch‘s impressive rookie debut in this year’s Indy 500, finishing sixth, he told The News’ David Gorecki.

“I think (Busch) did a good job,” said Foyt, adding that he wasn’t surprised at how well Busch did. “No, he always has been a hard driver. I think he got away with a lot of stuff that should have bit him like that one day (crash on Monday prior to race), but he did a good job.”

The question now is whether Stewart or Gordon would be interested in joining forces with Foyt, especially since it would likely cost about $1 million for just the one-off month of May effort.

Then again, if you were a potential sponsor who could have your company’s name associated with Jeff Gordon or Tony Stewart and at the fabled Indianapolis 500, you’d probably be ready to write a check for $2 million to make sure both drivers get into next year’s race, which would be the 99th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Motorsports.

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  1. extavernmouse - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    That would be cool beyond words!

  2. stew48 - Jun 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    I don’t like to wish away time, but that would sure be something special.

  3. indycarseries500 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Haha, he’s just saying because he knows they won’t. Jeff has no interest, Tony has no interest in giving up soda cookies and Chevy damn sure won’t be letting these two drive Hondas.

    • indycar02 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      dont forget a few years back jeff drove montoyas f1 car, tony drove hamilton’s f1 car, also with indys 100th 2 years off, by then foyt might be back with chevy.

      • jdracer - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        When Jeff swapped it was Chevy/BMW. When Tony swapped it was Chevy/Mercedes. They aren’t competing for the buyer market like Chevy/Honda are.

  4. huskyfrk - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    stranger things have happened. tony might, but doubt jeff would. but lets keep our fingers crossed and see what happenes.

  5. rho1953 - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Well, you don’t know what engine Foyt will be running next year, do you? Teams change engine manufacturers all the time, that wouldn’t be anything unusual. I would like to see Gordon give it a shot, I think he has what it takes to drive open wheel.

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