Bobby Unser, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and part of the only sibling who won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, has died.He was 87.
He died Sunday at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico of natural causes, Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Monday, Unser won the Indy 500 in 1968, 1975 and 1981.
His brother Al is one of only three Indy 500 winners four times in tournament history.Al Unser won the races in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987.The Unser family tradition extends to Al Unser, the son of Al Unser, who Won Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994.
“ Bobby is a fierce driver on the track and his life-too-great personality makes him one of the most beloved and unique drivers we’ve ever seen, ” said owner Roger Penke. Says the current Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But the owner of the team For Unser’s 1981 Indy 500 award winning car
“In addition to his many victories and achievements, Bobby is a real racer who elevates the performance of everyone around him. He is also one of the most colorful characters in motorsport.”
Bobby Unser was born February 20, 1934, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. But moved with his family as a child to New Mexico. His father owned a garage on Route 66 and he and his brother grew up driving around in an old garage before he began his racing career in 1974. Fri 1949 at Roswell Racecourse (NM)
After two years in the United States Air Force since 1967, From 1953 to 1955, a period he has always been proud of, Unser turned to full-time racing and became one of the greatest racers in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history.
He is one of only 10 drivers to have won at least the 500 three times, and Unser and Rick Mears are the only racers to win the 500 in three different decades.Unser is one of six members of the Unser family to race. In Indianapolis 500
His final win in the Indy 500 in 1981 came on the Penske list, one of the most controversial and controversial results.Unser defeated Mario Andretti in 5.18 seconds, but officials ruled that Unser had driven illegally through the car while leaving. Careful Lane – Draw a penalty that docked him one position and move Andretti to the winner.
Penske and Unser filed an appeal and, after a lengthy process, the penalties were lifted in October of that year. It was the 35th and last victory in Unser’s career.
At Indianapolis, Unser produced the Top 10, Top 10 in 19 starting careers. He led 10 races, a total of 440 rounds, which to date is 10th on the list of all time.
“When you talk about racing icons and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in particular, the Bobby Unser is legendary,” said Speedway President Doug Boles. “ He can drive and win in any type of car and in any kind of racetrack, and he’s magical at Indie. ”
Following his driving career, Unser moved to airing and won an Emmy as part of the ABC Sports broadcast team for “Outstanding Live Sports Special” for its 1989 Indianapolis 500 coverage.
Unser is survived by his wife Lisa; Son Bobby Jr. and Robbie; And daughters Cindy and Jeri