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 Al Unser Sr.

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Original Name
Alfred Unser Sr
Birth
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Death
9 Dec 2021 (aged 82)
Chama, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, USA
Burial
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID
234749579 View Source

Race Driver. He was the youngest of four sons born into a racing family. Beginning in 1957, his first foray into racing was competing in roadsters, sprint cars and midgets. His first appearance in the Indianapolis 500 would garner him a ninth place finish in 1965. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1967 after competing in the USAC's Stock Car division Three years later, he joined Vela's Parnelli Jones Racing five years later and would drive for them for the next seven years. That same year, in 1970, he would win the Indy 500 at an average speed of 155.759 miles per hour (mph). He won a record ten times on a variety of tracks to win the United States Auto Club national championship. He repeated his win at Indy the following year. He moved to Jim Hall Racing in 1977, winning the Indy 500 for the third time. His average speed of 161.363 mph would not be beat for four more years. After a short stay with Longhorn Racing Team, he transitioned to Team Penske in 1983 and drove with them for four years. He also competed occasionally in the International Race of Champions (IROC), winning three races and the 1977-1978 Championship, and five races in NASCAR. In 1987, he returned to drive with Penske, winning his fourth Indy 500 and was the oldest racer to do so. From 1990 until his retirement in 1994, he also drove for Patrick Racing Alfa Romeo, Team Menard and King Racing, finishing his career with thirty-nine IndyCar wins. Unser suffered from a genetic iron issue which led to a diagnosis of liver cancer of 2004, which finally caused his death. In 1986, he was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, in 1991, Motorsports Hall of Fame in America and 1998 he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. He owned with his family, the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is remembered as one of the best to race at Indianapolis.

Race Driver. He was the youngest of four sons born into a racing family. Beginning in 1957, his first foray into racing was competing in roadsters, sprint cars and midgets. His first appearance in the Indianapolis 500 would garner him a ninth place finish in 1965. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1967 after competing in the USAC's Stock Car division Three years later, he joined Vela's Parnelli Jones Racing five years later and would drive for them for the next seven years. That same year, in 1970, he would win the Indy 500 at an average speed of 155.759 miles per hour (mph). He won a record ten times on a variety of tracks to win the United States Auto Club national championship. He repeated his win at Indy the following year. He moved to Jim Hall Racing in 1977, winning the Indy 500 for the third time. His average speed of 161.363 mph would not be beat for four more years. After a short stay with Longhorn Racing Team, he transitioned to Team Penske in 1983 and drove with them for four years. He also competed occasionally in the International Race of Champions (IROC), winning three races and the 1977-1978 Championship, and five races in NASCAR. In 1987, he returned to drive with Penske, winning his fourth Indy 500 and was the oldest racer to do so. From 1990 until his retirement in 1994, he also drove for Patrick Racing Alfa Romeo, Team Menard and King Racing, finishing his career with thirty-nine IndyCar wins. Unser suffered from a genetic iron issue which led to a diagnosis of liver cancer of 2004, which finally caused his death. In 1986, he was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, in 1991, Motorsports Hall of Fame in America and 1998 he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. He owned with his family, the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is remembered as one of the best to race at Indianapolis.

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  • Originally Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: 10 Dec 2021
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 234749579
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/234749579/al-unser: accessed ), memorial page for Al Unser Sr. (29 May 1939–9 Dec 2021), Find a Grave Memorial ID 234749579, citing Sunset Memorial Park, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .