September 20, 2003 |
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.
April 1, 1998 |
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.
February 18, 1993 |
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.
April 15, 1990 |
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.
October 8, 1990 |
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.
October 21, 1990 |
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?