April 11, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- Maybe legendary race car driver Al Unser Jr. thought he saw a raised checkered flag in the dead of night on that lonely stretch of New Mexico freeway: Speeds were high, discretion apparently tossed to the wind. But with his second DUI conviction on Wednesday in less than five years, it's Unser's reputation that's now seemingly a bit more checkered. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and drag racing, charges that stemmed from a September incident near Albuquerque, authorities say. Unser, 49, a scion of the legendary Albuquerque Unser racing family, entered his guilty plea the day before he was scheduled to be tried on aggravated DUI, drag racing and reckless driving charges.
September 1, 1985
The only thing missing on the Ventura Freeway 500 is a checkered flag when you enter the on-ramp. BILL STEIN Encino
November 29, 1994 |
Clean Machines: Kevin Cogan earned his reputation as an Indy Car driver. Now he's putting that reputation to work at Checkered Flag, an Irvine-based company that is opening hand carwashes in California. Checkered Flag's second Orange County location recently opened on Alton Parkway in Irvine. The chain previously opened washes in Anaheim and Novato. The Irvine location features memorabilia from Cogan's 15-year professional racing career.
August 2, 1989 |
The International Motor Sports Assn. ruled today that Price Cobb of Evergreen, Colo., won Sunday's G. I. Joe's Camel Gran Prix because he was leading when the starter mistakenly waved the checkered flag three laps too soon. "While the starter could give no reason for doing it and it was definitely erroneous, it still was a checkered flag," association spokesman Adam Saal said.
April 30, 1989
Danny Sullivan won the second round of the International Race of Champions at Nazareth, Pa., but he didn't know the checkered flag was for him. "I didn't know after race where I finished," Sullivan said. "I drove right past Victory Circle. I figured I was in the top three or four, but I didn't know I had won until my mechanic, Richie (Lubenstein), got in the car with me. I said, 'How'd we do?' and he said, 'You won!' " Scott Pruett was second, 13.45 seconds behind, and Rusty Wallace, who won the series opener in February at Daytona International Speedway, was third.
May 2, 2004 |
Bloomington's Billy Zieman earned his first victory of the season in the 15-lap Pick Your Parts Figure-8 Series feature Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway in front of a near-sellout of about 5,500. Zieman had been locked in a battle with Rod Proctor and "Monster Garage" host Jesse James through the first six laps when James and Harry Kueniger collided and ended up locked together.