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Coming full circle with A.J. Foyt

The week before I was scheduled to meet and interview A.J.Foyt for the first time, in May 1977, I had nightmares about him. I dreamed he ran over me on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's race track -- that's how much, I was sure, he didn't want to talk to a rookie auto racing writer, who initially didn't even know he was A.J. Foyt Jr., not Sr. I got through that interview, and he won the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time that weekend. Over the past 35 years, I've learned a lot more about auto racing and written many more stories about A.J. But there had been a gap in our meetings over the past number of years, as The Sun stopped covering Indy car racing. Our relationship was rekindled in August, when I had the opportunity to sit down with him at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for nearly two hours for a Q Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.
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