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Honoring 50th Anniversary Of Bobby Unser's First Indy 500 Win

Even though he first competed in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1963, the 84-year-old retired driver says he still has that competitive spirit to get behind the wheel to go for another Indy 500 win.

INDIANAPOLIS – It was fifty years ago this month that Bobby Unser won his first Indianapolis 500.

 

Even though he first competed in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1963, the 84-year-old retired driver says he still has that competitive spirit to get behind the wheel to go for another Indy 500 win.

 

"I wish I was still young enough to get into a car. I'd keep racing," says Unser. 

 

"An old fire horse like me, [you] hear the cars crank and up right away, my head's good, [but] my body's not keeping up with it.  So, I'd still be running otherwise," as Unser  

 

Over the course of Bobby Unser's 19 races in Indianapolis 500, he competed against his brother, Al Unser, Sr., in 17 of them.  While Bobby would win three times: in 1968, 1975 and 1981, Al Unser, Sr. would win four times: in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987.

 

"My brother, Al, was one quick son-of-a-gun, so I had a lot of problems with him.  But, that's how it's supposed to be.  I'd like to think he maybe had a couple of headaches over me too.  But we were always good family and that's what matters," says Bobby Unser.

 

Bobby never had a chance to compete in the Indy 500 against his nephew, Al Unser, Jr.  Bobby retired after winning his third race in 1981, while Al, Jr.'s first race came in 1983.  "Little Al" would add two more wins to the Unser name: in 1992 and 1994.

 

To honor the 50th anniversary of Bobby Unser's first Indy 500 win, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is hosting an exhibit called, "The Amazing Unsers: From Albuquerque to Indianapolis."  Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 6-15 and free for children younger than six.  The exhibit runs through Oct. 28.  

 

 

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