Unser, Al

Unser, Al (Alfred Unser, Sr.) ŭnˈsər [key] 1939–2021, American automobile racing driver, b. Albuquerque, N.Mex. In three decades (1964–94) under the aegis of the United States Auto Club (later Championship Auto Racing Teams) he won the Indianapolis 500 four times (1970–71, 1978, 1987), along with 35 other races. One of his brothers, Bobby Unser (Robert William Unser), 1934–2021, b. Albuquerque, won the Indy 500 three times in three different decades (1968, 1975, 1981). Bobby also broke his uncle Louis's record by winning the Pike's Peak Climb 13 times. (Louis had set the record at nine climbs.) Their older brother, Jerry Unser (Jeremy Michael Unser, Jr.), 1932-1959, b. Albuquerque, was killed in a crash during the trial runs for the 1959 Indianapolis 500 race. Al's son, Al Unser, Jr. (Alfred Unser, Jr.), 1962–, also b. Albuquerque, won the Indianapolis race in 1992 and 1994. The Unsers have all also raced stock and sports cars.

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