Racing legend Bobby Unser has passed away

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Legendary race car driver Bobby Unser has passed away. He was 87.

An official cause of death has not been announced yet. Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that Unser died at his residence on Sunday in New Mexico.

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He is from the famous Unser family that includes his brother Al Unser, Jerry Unser, and Louis Unser. His father is Robby Unser and he is the uncle of Al Unser Jr. and Johnny Unser.

The family has won the Indianapolis 500 nine times. Bobby Unser won the prestigious event three times.

Unser competed in numerous series throughout his career. He was active as a driver from 1955 through 1981. He also won the Championship twice in 1968 and 1974 in USAC. Also, he won the International Race of Champions in 1975.

He competed in four NASCAR Cup Series events in 1969, 1972, and 1973. He also led two laps of a race in 1969.

Unser had two Top 5 finishes and two Top 10 finishes in the four events.

The majority of his career was spent in the AAA/USAC Champ Car Series from 1955 through 1981. He made 228 starts in the series, including 27 wins.

His last win came at the 1981 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He beat Mario Andretti and Vern Schuppan to get the win in his Norton Spirit entry for Team Penske.

The majority of his 27 wins were with owner Oscar Olson. Combined, they won 11 races. Unser also had additional wins with Bob Wilke, Ralph Wilke, Earle Jorgensen, and Robert Fletcher.

His very first win came at Pikes Peak with Unser, himself, as the owner.

At one point, Unser also held a record at the Bonneville Speedway in 1993 that saw him go 223.709 mph in a Roadster. The record stood for 18 years before being broken.

Unser also competed in 36 races in the CART series from 1979 through 1981 with 10 wins. He also won 19 races over six seasons with IROC.

He also dabbled in Formula One, where he made one start during the 1968 season.

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