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.
SOCHI, Russia — Valtteri Bottas paced both F1 practices Friday for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was slowed by damaged tires in the first session.
Bottas turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 33.519 seconds in the second session that bettered Hamilton’s 1:33.786.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was more than a second behind Bottas in third at 1:34.577, followed by the McLaren Racing duo of Carlos Sainz Jr. (1:34.723) and Lando Norris (1:34.847).
In the first F1 session at Sochi, Valtteri Bottas set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 34.923 seconds, beating Ricciardo by half a second. Max Verstappen was third quickest in his Red Bull, a further 0.147 back.
Hamilton could only manage 19th fastest after locking up his tires and leaving them with a flat spot. Ferrari again struggled to find pace with Sebastian Vettel ninth and Charles Leclerc 11th.
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The first session was briefly red-flagged when Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams. Carlos Sainz Jr. spun his McLaren backward into a barrier and broke off his rear wing.
Verstappen spun during the second session but avoided damage to his car.