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INDIANAPOLIS -- It is going to be the garage sale of all garage sales.

A.J. Foyt announced yesterday that the general public will be allowed to get its hands on 35 years of his racing history, valued at an estimated $5 million.

Included in the lot is Foyt's 1977 Coyote Indy-winning car, complete with Foyt Engine.

"All this stuff is in the horse barns down in Houston," Foyt said. "There's so much of it, I just can't keep it all up. It's just going to waste sitting there, and I hate to see that, so I might as well share it with some people who are going to appreciate it."

But Foyt isn't giving it away. It will be auctioned to the public at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 13, 14 and 15.

* Mario Andretti, Foyt and Al Unser, three of the over-50 gang in this race, voiced varying opinions about age.

Andretti: "Some people age gracefully, others are miserable. But what can you do? I'm not ashamed of my age. I'm proud of it. . . . If people say I'm too old, it's not my fault. I'm 52, and that's it."

Foyt, 57: "After being here so long, you know what to look for, and you're more calm. You don't wash out like some racehorses do before the race."

Unser, the 52-year-old father of Al Unser Jr., is more philosophical.

"If we took all ages away and no one knew how old you were, how old would you be?" Unser said. "Personally, I'm better and smarter than I've ever been."

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