Du Quoin, Ill. (September 7, 1964) – Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt off Houston, Tex., was all alone in the record books today as the first man in history to win four national driving championships.
Foyt wrapped up his fourth United States Auto Club title in five years with a victory in the USAC 100-mile race on the dirt track at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
Going into Monday’s race, only Rodger Ward of Indianapolis and Lloyd Ruby of Wichita Falls, Tex., had a chance to catch Foyt in the standings. But, both drivers had a dismal day, with Ward finishing 13th and Ruby 17th.
It was Foyt’s eighth win in nine races on the championship circuit and his 25th triumph in a major USAC event, tying him with Ward for most races won.
It also made Foyt racing’s first $200,000 a year driver. He earned $6,000 on Monday, boosting his official 1964 winnings to $205,587.
Foyt led all the way to cop the Ted Horn Memorial and finished five-eighths of a mile ahead of second-place finisher Bobby Marshman of Pottstown, Penn., the only driver Foyt did not lap.
Both Foyt and Marshman lapped third-place finisher Don Branson of Champaign, Ill., while Foyt lapped fourth-place Bobby Unser of Albuquerque, N.M. for the second time on the 99th lap.
1. A.J. Foyt
2. Bobby Marshman
3. Don Branson
4. Bobby Unser
5. Jim McElreath
6. Jud Larson
7. Johnny Rutherford
8. Bud Tingelstad
9. Ralph Liguori