A.J. Foyt loves the Indianapolis 500 so much, he just might keep coming back here to race after this year.

Foyt, the four-time Indy champ who has said this year's race will be his last, was the first qualifier for the 75th Indy 500 Saturday, reaching 222.443 mph in his Lola-Chevrolet.Then he left the door open for possibly returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next year.

"Every time I've made a decision, I've tried to stick to them. You hear what I'm saying?" said Foyt with a smile.

Foyt, who extended his record by earning a spot in a 34th straight Indy 500, had the best qualifying speed of his career. The clocking was nearly 79 mph better than his first qualifying run of 143.130 mph in 1958.

His run put him in the middle of the front row for the May 26 race. Rick Mears topped Foyt nearly two hours later with a run of 224.113 mph.