A.J. Foyt hospitalized for complications from knee surgery

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A.J. Foyt has been hospitalized in Houston for complications from knee surgery and will skip the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 77-year-old Foyt had knee surgery two weeks ago, and an infection sent him to the hospital on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Friday that Foyt might stay in the hospital through the weekend. She said he had been up and walking since the surgery but developed an infection this week.

Foyt is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Foyt was scheduled to be the grand marshal today at Daytona International Speedway.

ROLEX 24: Chip Ganassi hopes to improve on last year’s 24-hour race at Daytona International Speedway.

It hardly seems possible. Ganassi’s two-car team finished first and second in the twice-around-the-clock event, sweeping the prestigious endurance race at the hallowed track.

Two-time defending Grand-Am Series champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, along with Joey Hand and Graham Rahal, ended up in Victory Lane after a one-lap sprint to the checkered flag. IndyCar stars Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti and NASCAR drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray celebrated alongside them after settling for second.

Pruett’s team will try to repeat when the 24-hour race begins this afternoon. Dixon’s crew will try to flip the script.

“We want to be at the very front again, no question,” Ganassi said. “It’s going to be tough to top last year, but we can certainly try. That’s what we’re here to do. It’s as simple as that.”

There’s only one way for that to happen. The cars would have to avoid all the problems that threatened to derail the 1-2 finish.

The No. 01 BMW Riley, the one primarily driven by two-time defending series champions Pruett and Rojas, battled from two laps down to take the checkered flag. The No. 02 entry piloted by Dixon and Co. endured two flat tires early in the race.

Nonetheless, both Ganassi cars were at the forefront of the frantic finish.

Pruett pulled away from Dixon and win by the Daytona Prototype class by 2.42 seconds.


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