Legend of the races A.J. Foyt was attacked by Africanized killer bees for the second time since 2005 on Wednesday.
According to his website, Foyt was working on his excavator at his Texas ranch when he disturbed a hive. He was treated at a local hospital and discharged on Thursday.
Foyt, 83, described the incident to Racer.com:
"It was scary, I'm not going to lie, I pushed a tree with my bulldozer and I thought I saw a lot of bees, but they were not. I threw it in reverse and walked away from them.At least I thought so.I got off the bulldozer and had about a block to walk towards my truck when it came en mbade on me.
"I started running and got to my truck and I lowered the windows at a speed of 60 mph trying to keep them away from my face, but my eyes and neck are stinging, and I'm glad to have a jacket on. …
"I put my face in ice water because it was burning and it felt like 500 degrees I was lucky because those bees sting you until you stop breathing"
Foyt, the the only person to win the Indianapolis 500, 500 Daytona, 24 Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans, was attacked for the first time in August 2005 (also while working on his bulldozer) and was chopped more than 200 times. This recent attack, according to the statement, was "more severe and more dangerous because it had sensitized bee stings to their first encounter."
Foyt said he refused to return home until the bees were treated, so he "took 15 gallons of diesel fuel and dropped it and set those bastards on fire."
"I felt much better after that," he said.
As a result of Wednesday's attack, Foyt will miss the 12 Hours of Sebring where he would be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday night and serve as Grand Marshal on Saturday.
"I'm so sorry I could not be there because I was waiting this weekend," Foyt said. "It looks like I had a fight with Mike Tyson and I lost, right now I'm taking so many medications that I do not feel so well, so I'll take doctors' advice to rest for the next few days."
Maybe also avoid the bulldozer.