HOUSTON -- Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A. J. Foyt settled out of court his lawsuit over an Indianapolis newspaper sports column which accused him of cheating in auto races.
The amount of the settlement was undisclosed by agreement of the parties.
Foyt had sued the Indianapolis Star for $3 million in damages last May after the 1981 Indy 500 race. The paper published a retraction Nov. 1 saying the allegations were groundless.
U.S. District Judge Carl O. Bue dismissed the suit Monday after being informed of the settlement.
Foyt's lawyer, Larry W. Bass, said the Star story followed by three days a fistfight Foyt had with Star sportswriter Robin Miller. Foyt alleged in the lawsuit the story was written to ridicule Foyt and create animosity between him and other drivers.
The original story said Foyt regularly violated auto club rules to win races.