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December 22, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser and another man were missing Saturday after embarking on what was supposed to be a day trip of snowmobiling, state police said at Chama, N.M. Unser, 63, and Robert Gaynor, 36, were to return Friday but failed to do so, said Sgt. Crystel Menesee of the state police post at Espanola. "The trail that they took runs from New Mexico into Colorado," Menesee said.
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May 24, 2003 | Mike Kupper, Times Staff Writer
When A.J. Foyt, the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and proclaimed by many as the greatest driver of all time, retired in 1993, racing folk took it as the end of an era. "There'll never be another A.J. Foyt," they said. A fat lot they knew. Only 10 years later, there is, indeed, another A.J. Foyt. He's A.J. Foyt IV, Super-Tex's grandson, and he's here to drive in Sunday's 87th Indy 500, which will be his first, on his 19th birthday.
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November 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
One of two bodies with gunshot wounds found dumped near a mountain residence was identified Monday as a nephew of auto racing greats Al Unser Sr. and Bobby Unser. The victims found Sunday were identified as Jeff Unser, 40, and Lee Noel Benjamin, 39, both of Albuquerque. "Apparently their bodies had been dumped there along with two overstuffed orange chairs," said Bernalillo County sheriff's spokeswoman Ronni Sparks. "We believe the chairs were connected [to the killings].
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July 12, 2002
'Al's had problems for some time now and none of us have done anything about it. He needs help, but he won't get any.' Bobby Unser, uncle of Al Unser Jr., who was arrested on a domestic battery charge.
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May 25, 1987 | Larry Stewart
ABC couldn't have planned a better ending to Sunday's Indianapolis 500. While Bobby Unser, the network's new auto racing commentator working his first Indy 500, was attempting to maintain his composure, his brother Al became only the second four-time winner of the race. "This is fabulous, absolutely fabulous," said an emotional Unser as Al crossed the finish line. "I just cannot believe it. This has been a day. This makes up for Robby breaking his leg."
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May 29, 1994 | JOHN SCHEIBE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is nothing tape-delayed about Bobby Unser. After 13 years of retirement from IndyCar racing, the 57-year-old Hall of Fame driver still enjoys a live show. His body may be confined to the broadcast booth for Sunday's 78th Indianapolis 500 on ABC, but his heart is strapped in behind the wheel and the accelerator is pressed to the floor. Unser and the network's sports department have mutual admiration for each other, especially on Memorial Day.
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December 23, 1996 | From Associated Press
Forced to eat snow for nourishment and build a snow cave for shelter, auto racing great Bobby Unser and a friend fought for survival for two nights in rugged mountains after their snowmobiles broke down. "It was very frightening," Unser, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, told KOAT-TV of Albuquerque on Sunday morning before unplugging his bedroom phone and going to sleep. Unser, 63, and Robert Gayton, 36, withstood temperatures of zero to 10 above, with wind chills well below zero.
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July 12, 2002
'Al's had problems for some time now and none of us have done anything about it. He needs help, but he won't get any.' Bobby Unser, uncle of Al Unser Jr., who was arrested on a domestic battery charge.
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July 3, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Robby Unser of Albuquerque, N.M., who has won four divisions at the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb, set a qualifying record for the open wheel division. Unser, son of racing great Bobby Unser, who won at Pikes Peak several times, toured the 5.5-mile lower section of the dirt road course in 4:32.25 in his Chevrolet-powered chassis. That eclipsed the mark of 4:42.29, set by David Donner last year.
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November 18, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
It took a late bogey to get Tiger Woods started at the MasterCard PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu, Hawaii. Yes, a bogey. The Masters champion, showing no ill-effects of a slight cold and a long flight from Japan, watched as his second shot at the 384-yard 13th hole at Kauai's Poipu Bay Resort rolled backward off the green and into the water Monday. That made him all the more determined in the first round of the 36-hole tournament reserved for winners of the four majors.
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February 2, 1997 | JIM MURRAY
The first time I saw Bobby Unser, he was hanging on the wall in Turn 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had driven a whole lap and a quarter before he totaled his 750-horsepower Novi. It was a familiar position for Unser. He had crashed twice in practice that week. "Bobby's in too great a hurry to wait for the car," a colleague, Bob Collins, explained. Unser had always gone through life at Mach 1. He was a rookie that year.
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December 23, 1996 | From Associated Press
Forced to eat snow for nourishment and build a snow cave for shelter, auto racing great Bobby Unser and a friend fought for survival for two nights in rugged mountains after their snowmobiles broke down. "It was very frightening," Unser, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, told KOAT-TV of Albuquerque on Sunday morning before unplugging his bedroom phone and going to sleep. Unser, 63, and Robert Gayton, 36, withstood temperatures of zero to 10 above, with wind chills well below zero.
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December 22, 1996 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser and another man were missing Saturday after embarking on what was supposed to be a day trip of snowmobiling, state police said at Chama, N.M. Unser, 63, and Robert Gaynor, 36, were to return Friday but failed to do so, said Sgt. Crystel Menesee of the state police post at Espanola. "The trail that they took runs from New Mexico into Colorado," Menesee said.
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November 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
One of two bodies with gunshot wounds found dumped near a mountain residence was identified Monday as a nephew of auto racing greats Al Unser Sr. and Bobby Unser. The victims found Sunday were identified as Jeff Unser, 40, and Lee Noel Benjamin, 39, both of Albuquerque. "Apparently their bodies had been dumped there along with two overstuffed orange chairs," said Bernalillo County sheriff's spokeswoman Ronni Sparks. "We believe the chairs were connected [to the killings].
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May 29, 1994 | JOHN SCHEIBE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is nothing tape-delayed about Bobby Unser. After 13 years of retirement from IndyCar racing, the 57-year-old Hall of Fame driver still enjoys a live show. His body may be confined to the broadcast booth for Sunday's 78th Indianapolis 500 on ABC, but his heart is strapped in behind the wheel and the accelerator is pressed to the floor. Unser and the network's sports department have mutual admiration for each other, especially on Memorial Day.
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April 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser and the late car-owner J. C. Agajanian will be inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame next month. Unser joins his younger brother, four-time winner Al Unser, in the Hall of Fame, along with such other drivers as Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford and A. J. Foyt. Tony George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, announced the selections today. The induction ceremony will be conducted May 11.
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February 2, 1997 | JIM MURRAY
The first time I saw Bobby Unser, he was hanging on the wall in Turn 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had driven a whole lap and a quarter before he totaled his 750-horsepower Novi. It was a familiar position for Unser. He had crashed twice in practice that week. "Bobby's in too great a hurry to wait for the car," a colleague, Bob Collins, explained. Unser had always gone through life at Mach 1. He was a rookie that year.
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July 3, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Robby Unser of Albuquerque, N.M., who has won four divisions at the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb, set a qualifying record for the open wheel division. Unser, son of racing great Bobby Unser, who won at Pikes Peak several times, toured the 5.5-mile lower section of the dirt road course in 4:32.25 in his Chevrolet-powered chassis. That eclipsed the mark of 4:42.29, set by David Donner last year.
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May 22, 1990 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is nothing little about Little Al Unser anymore. Gone are the days when a pint-sized, teen-age Al Unser Jr. had to sit on telephone books and pillows to see over the hood of his World of Outlaws sprint car. Today he is 5 feet 10, as sinewy as a New Mexico cowpoke and just as tough. Gone, too, are the days when he was a tag-along with his father, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, making history as the first family to have father and son in the same Indy car race. But Al Unser Jr.
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