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A.J. Foyt undergoes successful knee replacement surgery

Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt

Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt


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.

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