Four-Time Indy 500 Winner Al Unser Has Died
Racing icon and legend Alfred “Al” Unser has passed away at the age of 82. Unser Sr. was a racing driver who became one of only four people to win the Indianapolis 500 four times. He died Dec. 9 at his home in Chama, New Mexico, after a 17-year battle with cancer.
Known as “Big Al”, Unser was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1998. He won the Indy 500 in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987. His final victory at age 47 made him the oldest winner in Indy 500 history.
Unser also made history as the only driver to have both a sibling and a child also win the Indy 500. He was born into a family of racers in 1939 in Albuquerque, NM. His father Jerry Unser and two uncles, Louis and Joe, were also drivers while his son, Al Unser Jr. followed in his footsteps.
Our thoughts and well wishes go out to the Unser family and friends. Al will be truly missed in the racing and automotive communities.