A.J. Foyt undergoes successful knee replacement surgery

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They don’t make them tougher than A.J. Foyt, so it should come as no surprise that even though the 80-year-old racing legend has had another surgery, it’s been another successful one.

The team released late Thursday that Foyt underwent surgery on Wednesday to implant an artificial knee in his right leg, which replaced the antibiotic-infused cement spacer he received August 10th.

It was the second phase of treatment for a staph infection which surfaced in his artificial knee in late July. That’s the second time he’s been hospitalized for a staph infection, having also been hospitalized in 2012.

“My doctors said everything went perfectly, so I was relieved to hear that,” Foyt said, via a team release. “My right leg was clear of the infection so the doctors were able to give me a new knee. They were really pleased with how everything went.”

Foyt’s team was one of five that tested at Road America earlier this week, with team director and son Larry Foyt present to lead the effort for Takuma Sato in the No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Honda. A.J. Foyt Enterprises last raced at the Elkhart Lake, Wis. facility in 1995.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.