Legendary driver A.J. Foyt has been hospitalized after suffering complications from knee surgery. The 77-year-old Foyt had the surgery two weeks ago and was slated to serve as the grand marshal for the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Jackie Stewart stepped in to handle those duties in Foyt's place this weekend.
According to a spokeswoman, the driver had been up and walking around after the surgery, but had developed an infection this week. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Foyt expressed his remorse for missing the Rolex, saying, "I feel so bad that I let everyone down."

Meanwhile, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said that the track and everyone involved with the race wishes Foyt a quick recovery.

Foyt is a towering figure in racing circles. He remains the only driver in history to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We wish him a speedy recovery. Click past the break for a quick statement regarding his hospitalization.
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A.J. Foyt to Miss Rolex 24 At Daytona Due to Illness

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Jan. 27, 2012 – Daytona International Speedway officials today announced that 50th Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshal A.J. Foyt has been forced to cancel his trip due to illness.

Foyt issued the following statement: "I am really sorry that I can't be there this weekend for the Rolex 24. I was really looking forward to it because I thought it was a great honor to be asked to be the Grand Marshal of the 50th Anniversary of that race and considered it to be one of the great highlights of my career. I feel so bad that I let everyone down. I was also looking forward to seeing some of my old friends and the race cars that I drove in that race. It was going to be a really fun weekend for me but I guess I'll be watching the race from my hospital room-yep the doctors pulled rank on me. And I hate to admit, but I think they're right-this time. I'd like to wish everyone a safe race and I'll be with you in spirit."

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said, "We wish A.J. a speedy recovery and hope he's back on his feet soon."

Foyt sustained some complications from his recent knee surgery but he is expected to make a full recovery.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      AJ don't need no knees...he's got a lead foot!! That being said, infections after knee surgery suck...right after thromboses. Gotta be careful!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys are a bit late to the party with this story.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get well soon AJ. We miss your colorful stories.
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's had a fantastic career .It was about 40 years ago when I took a photo of him going down the straightaway ,trailing pieces as he had blown his engine. I wish him a speedy recovery and thank him for doing so much for the sport. !
      • 3 Years Ago
      The thing about AJ is he got not ONE surgery but two (his knee and his shoulder I believe) and checked out two days earlier than he should have and didn't want any heavy pain killers. The guy just found out he's not superman and there are REASONS why there is a recommended time period for care and healing, even if it is not after a big Indycar crash (which AJ has had a few of). You can bet AJ will follow doctors' instructions this time, even though the infection probably wasn't his fault. But, taxing yourself like that can reduce your immune system's ability to fight infections anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A J is one of the Greatest of all times, I have been a fan since my youth. Best Wishes on a speedy recovery.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Get Well Aj....... one of my favorites for sure...:)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Infections acquired after knee surgery.....Deplorable and scarey. Hospitals need to get more proactive about their "superbugs". INSIST that and doctor or nurse that comes into your hospital room wash their hands before they touch you. It is shocking that patients have to do this, but hospital personnel have become slack about the most basic of hygiene procedures. Back in the day these kinds of things would never have happened (not washing hands).
        • 3 Years Ago
        It usually comes from a patient that misuses anti-biotics.....then when need they don't work...If you do that and your last resort is vancomiacian, good luck...if you are vanco resistant its all over usually
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yep. My dad didn't over use antibiotics and as a matter of fact, was hardly sick, EVER. He had a knee replaced then developed staph and given Vanco to fight it. In the meantime he lost his leg above the knee then because Vanco is so strong, it burned out both kidneys and he went on dialysis. This led to their installing ports for treatments but sooner/later (usually sooner) the staph would clog them up so surgically installing new ports was constantly going on. It all took it's tole and after fighting so much for so long, he passed. Talk about your latter years *******, his did with NO quality of life whatsoever.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm just so glad that he was hospitalized after surgery!
      • 3 Years Ago
      My Father was a Man who came up from Puerto Rico and knew very little about motor sports. The first time he tried to say your name he said : "A Jai Fooeee?" I got him to watch you and he was imp[ressesed. My father didn't drive and when I became a cop he wold me " Jou bedda no dri li dat guy "Fooee" !!! My fathers long gone now, and I m in a motorized wheelchair from paralysis, but we all love and admire all youve done for the sport of racing. Take care brother. Don't give the nurses no ****. Remember....they decide when you take a shower and when to empty your piss bag !! Sincerely, Efrain Rodriguez, Jr...Dadsrule2001
        • 3 Years Ago
        KNow what happens when they give nurses S***, we give enema's...rofl
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