Hall of Fame: Al Unser Jr



Al Unser Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father and his uncle to become a repeat champion at Indianapolis, winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994. A rookie in 1983, he was the first person to compete against his own father in the same Indianapolis 500. Competing in his 19th Indianapolis 500 in 2007, and after logging seven finishes of fifth or higher, Unser moved into third place in the all-time “laps completed” standings (3,173) with only A.J.


Foyt and his father having a greater number. Can-Am Champion in 1982 at only 20 years of age, he ranked sixth or higher in Championship Auto Racing Teams points in 12 different seasons. Winner of the Championship Auto Racing Teams series in 1990 and 1994, Unser won 34 races from 1984 through 1995. Only Michael Andretti (his boyhood friend), who had 42, won more. Among his more remarkable achievements was winning the challenging Long Beach, California, road race no less than six times, including four years in succession, 1988 through 1991.


Courtesy of Indianapolis Motors Speedway Museum

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