Al Unser by Johnny Rutherford

14. Jan 2022 
by Ziv Knoll

Al Unser (1939 – 2021) was an American automobile racing driver (picture above in 1978). He was the second of four men (AJ Foyt, himself, Rick Mears, Hélio Castroneves) to have won the Indianapolis 500, four times (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987).

Johnny Rutherford, one of his fierce competitors and a three-time Indy 500 winner, remembers: “Al Unser was always one of the best. I’ve always said if I was a car owner and I wanted a driver, I would hire Al Unser. Al was good. He proved himself good on the dirt, which surprised everybody that he was able to manage dirt as well as pavement, but he was good. He was a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner who knew when to and when not to.”

Picture below: Al Unser Sr. won his fourth Indy 500 in a Roger Penske-entered March.

Source: SpeedSport

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