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April 5, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The PPG Indy Car series comes to the streets of Long Beach this weekend for the Toyota Grand Prix and no one is happier about that than Al Unser Jr. Unser, last year's national champion and the Long Beach winner, is not off to a good start in defending the No. 1 designation on his Mercedes-powered Penske. In three races, he has not led a single lap. He finished 15th at Miami, sixth in Australia and eighth last Sunday in Phoenix.
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July 1, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Al Unser Jr., a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 who sometimes matched his speed on the racetrack in life's fast lane, retired Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Unser, 42, made his announcement at a news conference at the track where he highlighted a career that put him among open-wheel racing's elite drivers. Long before NASCAR had assumed the throne in American auto racing and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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May 23, 1995 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Al Unser Jr. said it all without speaking: The defending Indianapolis 500 winner, after failing to qualify for this year's race, walked from his car looking stunned and holding his head with his right hand. His corporate sponsors probably had the same reaction.
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September 20, 2003 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
His name is Al. His girlfriend made jokes about him to his face. Called him "Al Coholic." He started drinking when he was 16, climbing out of a sprint car and having a beer shoved in his hand. "That's basically when it started," Al says. "I went from being a sophomore in high school to being an adult literally overnight." He continued to accept the beers. And more.
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April 1, 1998 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody has driven the Long Beach Grand Prix faster than Al Unser Jr. Nobody has gotten into and out of the turns more quickly, has handled the traffic better, has mastered the line you need to drive to get the most out of a lap on the streets of Long Beach. He has won six times, and his 1994 victory was the fastest ever on the temporary track, 105 laps at an average of 99.283 mph.
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February 18, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Al Unser Jr., winner of the 1992 Indianapolis 500, escaped injury when he crashed during his first test of a new Lola Indy car at Phoenix International Raceway, team officials said.
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April 15, 1990 | JIM MURRAY
They call him "Little Al." This is to distinguish him from his father, who is Big Al. He's an Unser, which means he probably wasn't born, he was assembled. If you prick him, he doesn't bleed, he leaks. Oil. Unsers, the popular theory goes, come into the world with wheels instead of legs, a carburetor for a heart, a crankcase for a digestive system and a Lola chassis and power plant made in England. They go right from a crib to a cockpit. Their first bonnet is a bubble helmet.
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October 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
Al Unser Jr. was in the treatment room at Easton, Pa., Hospital when he officially clinched his first CART PPG Cup Indy-car championship Sunday. Unser was banged up in a three-car crash midway through Sunday's Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Pennsylvania International Raceway at Nazareth, a race that did not live up to its billing as a championship duel between Unser and Michael Andretti but wound up with Emerson Fittipaldi outracing Rick Mears for the victory.
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October 21, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Al Unser Jr., Little Al to his racing peers and friends, is goal-oriented. Before the start of this year's CART Indy car season, the 28-year-old second generation driver set three primary goals: 1. Win the Indy car championship; 2. Win on an oval for the first time; 3. Win a 500-mile race. He accomplished them all. So what goals are left?
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September 3, 1990 | From Associated Press
Al Unser Jr.'s visions of a fourth Indy-car victory in a row seemed to be gliding away along with race leader Michael Andretti. Then Unser heard a sound that brought a smile to his face and added points to his lead in the CART-PPG Cup standings with a victory in Sunday's inaugural Molson Indy-Vancouver in British Columbia. "Michael had us," Unser said. "He got around us and was getting away. He was outhandling us, working better than us.
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July 19, 2002 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., acknowledging that he has been plagued by alcohol-related problems for some time, said Thursday that he will enter a treatment center to deal with the situation. He will not participate in Saturday night's Indy Racing League event in Nashville and perhaps several more races.
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July 31, 1998 | SHAV GLICK
The last time Al Unser Jr. was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a driver's uniform, he raced around the 2 1/2-mile oval at 224 mph--and he didn't even qualify for the 500. That was 1995. A two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, who drove in 12 500s, has not driven at the Speedway since, because of the split between Championship Auto Racing Teams and the Indy Racing League that has left the two open-wheel groups going their separate ways.
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April 1, 1998 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody has driven the Long Beach Grand Prix faster than Al Unser Jr. Nobody has gotten into and out of the turns more quickly, has handled the traffic better, has mastered the line you need to drive to get the most out of a lap on the streets of Long Beach. He has won six times, and his 1994 victory was the fastest ever on the temporary track, 105 laps at an average of 99.283 mph.
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May 28, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The absence of defending champion Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi makes today's 79th Indianapolis 500 one of the most unusual in history. The Penske pair, winners of the last three 500s and the last two Indy car races this season, failed to qualify. It is the first time since 1962 that an Unser has not been on the starting grid, the first time since 1969 that Penske has not had a favorite in the field.
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May 23, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The arrogance bred by success might have done in the proud Penske team, champions of Indy car racing until last Sunday at 6 p.m. That was when failure became a reality. Defending champion Al Unser Jr. couldn't find enough speed to make the 33-car starting grid, and his teammate, two-time winner Emerson Fittipaldi was bumped from the field. And then Roger Penske and his team showed more speed getting out of Indianapolis Motor Speedway than they had all month on the track.
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May 23, 1995 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Al Unser Jr. said it all without speaking: The defending Indianapolis 500 winner, after failing to qualify for this year's race, walked from his car looking stunned and holding his head with his right hand. His corporate sponsors probably had the same reaction.
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May 19, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last thing Al Unser Jr. wants to see when he wakes up this morning is sunshine. Unser, who has been the fastest driver at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month, still has to qualify for the 500-mile race, and he wants a day like defending champion Emerson Fittipaldi and 14 others had when they qualified late last Sunday afternoon: about 50 degrees, overcast and windless. Fittipaldi posted a record 225.301-m.p.h.
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May 22, 1995 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When you look at the lineup for next Sunday's 79th Indianapolis 500, don't rub your eyes or think you've seen a typographical error: Al Unser Jr., last year's winner, and Emerson Fittipaldi, the 1993 winner, did not qualify. And the absence of Fittipaldi and Unser, who becomes the first Indy winner to fail to qualify for the race the following year, will leave Roger Penske without an entry. Penske, whose cars have won 10 Indy 500s since Mark Donohue won the first in 1972, took full blame.
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