Four-Time Indianapolis 500 Winner Al Unser Dies at 82

Alfred “Al” Unser, the second member of the Unser auto racing dynasty to win the Indianapolis 500 and the second INDYCAR SERIES driver in history to win four times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, died Dec. 9 at his home in Chama, New Mexico, after a 17-year battle with cancer. Unser won his first “500” in 1970, two years after Bobby won his first. In 1992, Unser finished third in the “500,” but that’s not what defined the day. Unser Jr. won his second “500” in 1994, pushing the family’s total to nine IMS victories. Unser won three INDYCAR SERIES season championships – in 1970, 1983 and 1985 – and eight 500-mile races. Unser’s second Indy win was with a similar car, but its path to victory was not as smooth. Unser won three races for Penske Racing, but the last one wasn’t scheduled. “After that, I stood up in that car and started driving it like I should have to start with,” Unser said. “Everybody said, ‘I can’t believe he won the race,’” Unser said. In 1992, Unser replaced the injured Nelson Piquet at Team Menard.

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