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Famed blue-collar racer from Texas pushed his cars to the very limit

A.J. Foyt is the only man to win the Indy 500 (four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. The best race car driver in history? Do you have to ask?

Updated: May 23, 2008, 1:19 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The racing legend was busily giving instructions in his Gasoline Alley garage stall the day before Indy 500 pole qualifying.

You don't interrupt the master when class is in session, but A.J. Foyt had a big smile on that unmistakable round face as he lumbered over to talk.

Being voted the best race car driver in history made the old guy perk up and strut a little, although it's tough for him these days.

A crash two decades ago ...

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