Childhood Hero

Reid Spencer - NASCAR Wire Service Monday, Mar 03 1492

A.J. Foyt, winner of both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 in a storied career, has no bigger fan than Tony Stewart. And it was Foyt who presented the winner’s trophy to one of Stewart’s drivers. Kevin Harvick, in Victory Lane on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

In an earlier question-and-answer session with reporters, Foyt opined that the Aug. 5, 2013 Sprint Car accident that sidelined Stewart for 15 races last season would have no lasting effect on Stewart’s on-track performance.

“I don’t think it’s going to affect him,” Foyt said. “Tony’s a racer. He might limp or be crippled, but, hell—look at me. It never affected me when I got burned or nothing. I don’t think it’s going to affect Tony.

“Once you’re a racer ... Tony isn’t going to settle for second or third. Tony will run just as hard for a dollar as he would for a million dollars. I think that’s where him and I have become friends.”