FORMER QUADRUPLE WINNER OF THE INDY 500, AL UNSER Sr IS DECEASED


He was one of the legends of motorsport in the USA.

Al Unser Sr, legendary pilot of the very famous Indianapolis 500 miles that he had won four times (1970-1971-1978-1987) died this Thursday, December 9, 2021 at his home in Chama, New Mexico, with his wife, Susan, by his side following a long illness.

He left us at the age of 82, having been born on May 27, 1939 in Albuquerque in the southern United States, in New Mexico.

The announcement of his disappearance was made by officials at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

THE TRIBUTE OF THE INDIANAPOLIS CIRCUIT

The former Indy 500 Champion has been battling cancer 17 years ago for years.

Al Unser Sr was the third member of one of America’s most famous racing families to die in this year 2021.

Indeed, let us recall that his older brother, Bobby Unser, also victorious of the 500 miles of Indianapolis, died last May, and his nephew, Bobby Unser Jr. died, him six weeks after his father!

Nicknamed « Big Al », Al Unser Sr, was part of the Indy 500 quadruple winner club.

He is with AJ Foyt, Rick Mears and Hélio Castroneves one of four quadruple winners of the most prestigious event.

Unser Sr triumphed on the Indiana ring in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987, and he remains to this day the only driver in history to have had a brother and a son who also won the one of the three most prestigious automobile events in the world with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Remember that the Unser family is nine victories in the Indy 500.

Last May, Al Unser Sr was present at the arrival of the Indy 500 to congratulate the Brazilian Helio Castroneves, the new member of the club of the four winners of the 500 miles after his successes obtained in 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2021!

Peter GRISWOLD

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