In three weeks the Verizon IndyCar Series begins the final two races of its 2015 season at Pocono Raceway. It’s the third and final race of their current contract, after the 2013 race was the first at the 2.5-mile track since 1989.
Plenty of open-wheel history occurred at the track before then though and much of it involved A.J. Foyt, who won there five times. In fact, two of Foyt’s final three wins were at Pocono, the first coming in 1979.
Foyt’s 67th and final USAC Champ Car / Gold Crown Series win took place at Pocono in the 1981 Van Scoy Diamond Mines 500, on June 21, 1981.
The race is notable because Champ Car boycotted the race, leading to USAC dirt cars being used to fill out the field.
Footage of the 1981 race, which featured 29 cars and was shortened to 122 laps because of rain, couldn’t be found online, but there is the video below. It’s a slideshow of pictures taken by a fan in the garage area at Pocono the weekend of the race.
Check here for a few photos from the race itself.
You’ll be able to spot Foyt in his garage stall with his Valvoline / Gilmore sponsored No. 14 car. Foyt led 35 laps of the race before it was called.