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Bobby Unser
Bobby Unser - 2015 Indianapolis 500 - Stierch.jpg
Unser in 2015
NationalityUnited States American
BornRobert William Unser
(1934-02-20) February 20, 1934 (age 87)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
DiedMay 2, 2021(2021-05-02) (aged 87)
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
Related toAl Unser Sr. (brother)
Jerry Unser Jr. (brother)
Louis Unser (uncle)
Robby Unser (son)
Al Unser Jr. (nephew)
Johnny Unser (nephew)
Championship Car
Years active1955–1982
Starts258
Wins35
Poles52
Best finish1st in 1968 & 1974
Championship titles
1968, 1974
1968, 1975, 1981
1975
USAC National Champion
Indianapolis 500 winner

International Race of Champions
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1968
TeamsBRM
Entries2 (1 start)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1968 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry1968 United States Grand Prix
Bobby Unser's 1979 Penske Cosworth Champ Car
Robert William "Bobby" Unser (born February 20, 1934 - May 2, 2021) was an American former automobile racer. He is the brother of Al Unser, Jerry Unser and Louis Unser, the father of Robby Unser and the uncle of Al Unser Jr. and Johnny Unser. The Unser family has won the Indy 500 a record nine times. He is one of ten drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 three or more times and one of only two (followed by Rick Mears) to have won the 500 in three decades (1968, 1975, 1981). Bobby has also been a spokesman and advocate of many commercial products. Bobby passed away the evening of May 2, 2021 from natural causes
Contents
1 Early life
2 IndyCar career
3 1981 Indianapolis 500 controversy
4 Other achievements
5 Broadcaster
6 Awards
7 Federal criminal charges
8 Racing record
8.1 American open-wheel racing results
8.1.1 Complete USAC Championship Car results
8.1.2 CART
8.1.3 Indianapolis 500 results
8.1.4 Indy 500 qualifying results
8.2 Complete Formula One World Championship results
8.3 Complete NASCAR results
8.3.1 NASCAR Grand National Series
8.3.2 NASCAR Winston Cup Series
9 References
10 External links
Early life
Unser was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the third oldest of 4 brothers. When he turned 1 his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1950, at the age of 15, he won his first championship in Southwest Modified Stock Cars. From 1953 to 1955 he joined the Air Force and became a top competition sharp shooter in military matches, though he later bitterly regretted it. In 1955 Bobby and brothers Jerry and Al Unser decided to pursue racing careers in USAC. In 1959 his brother Jerry Unser died in an automobile accident at the Indianapolis 500.
Bobby is the father of two sons, Bobby Jr. and Robby, and two daughters, Cindy and Jeri.
IndyCar career
Unser came from a family of racecar drivers. He won numerous racing championships throughout his career, including three Indianapolis 500 titles. He debuted in 1955 at Pike's Peak, dubbed "Unser's Peak" because of his family's history of success at the hill climb. He finished fifth that year, behind his two brothers. A year later he won his first of a record 13 championships at Pike's Peak. He won six straight titles from 1958 to 1963. His streak ended in 1964 when his younger brother Al won the race.
Unser raced in his first Indianapolis 500 in 1963. He crashed early and placed thirty-third. His first Indy-car win came in 1967 at Mosport, Ontario. A year later, Unser won his first Indianapolis 500, setting the record as the first driver to race over 170 miles per hour at Indianapolis. In 1969 Unser won his first USAC National Driving Championship.
In 1972 Unser set another Indianapolis 500 record for the fastest qualifying time at 195.94 miles per hour. In 1974, he won his second USAC National Driving Championship and a year later he won his second Indianapolis 500 in a race that was rain-shortened on lap 174. From 1979 to 1981 Unser raced in the CART series for Team Penske winning ten races. In 1980 he became the first driver to win the California 500 four times. His career ended in 1981 following a controversial win at Indianapolis.
1981 Indianapolis 500 controversy
Bobby was the center of one of the most controversial finishes in Indy 500 history at the 1981 Indianapolis 500. Unser won the pole in the #3 Roger Penske-owned car and led the most laps (89 laps).
On lap 149, during a caution period, Bobby and Mario Andretti made their pit stop and headed back to the race. Bobby passed eight cars during the caution, while Mario passed two cars. Unser won the race, but was stripped of it the following morning in favor of second-place finisher Mario Andretti. After a 5-month lawsuit and protest by Penske, Bobby Unser was re-awarded the win in October 1981. For his infraction, Unser was instead fined $40,000 ($112,000 in today's money).
Although he was given the win back on appeal, Unser paid a significant price for the controversy. His CART results for the season slumped, he was branded a cheater by the press, and Unser once estimated that the commercial endorsements he lost because of the delayed result cost him $1 million. The outcome of the controversial race caused a bitter Unser to retire from racing at the end of the year. In a 1982 interview Unser refused to come out of retirement and said he retired because following the controversy he became disillusioned with auto-racing and lost his passion for driving race-cars. "Regardless of the outcome it's been ruined for me. I would paint out racing if I painted my future," said Unser in an interview at the time. Unser sat out the 1982 IndyCar season but planned to make a comeback in 1983 driving for Patrick Racing (the team that was stripped of the win). However he changed his mind and retired in 1983.
In his autobiography Winners are Driven, Unser expressed his beliefs that the debacle was politically motivated and that USAC disqualified him (and benefited Andretti), hoping to start a falling-out between Pat Patrick, Mario's car owner and owner of Patrick Racing, and Roger Penske (owner of Unser's car), in order to destroy CART. He claimed that Patrick's team did not protest the finish and that Patrick was on Unser's side in the controversy. For years, Unser and Andretti did not speak to each other willingly until early-2017 when Unser announced on his YouTube channel that Andretti reached out to wish him the best after Unser got extremely sick.
Other achievements
Unser was the 1975 IROC champion and won the 1993 Fast Masters championship.
Unser challenged Dan Gurney to improve the performance of his 1971 USAC car, leading to the development of the Gurney flap. In 1993, Unser set a new Bonneville Salt Flats record at Bonneville Speedway of 223.709 in a D/Gas Modified Roadster that stood for 18 years. He leads the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with 10 overall wins, setting a new track record nine times.
After retiring from Indycar driving in 1982, Unser did developmental work for Audi, lapping one at 206.8 MPH. In 1986, after a 12-year absence from the Pikes Peak race, he won the event for the tenth time driving an Audi Quattro, breaking the tie he had with Uncle Louis for nine overall victories each. The 1986 win brought Unser’s total number of Pikes Peak victories to 13, including two stock car class victories (1969 and 1974) and a single sports car class win (1963).
In 2003, he published a book, Winners are Driven: A Champion’s Guide to Success in Business and Life.
Broadcaster
Unser became a television commentator for Indy car races after his retirement working for NBC, ABC, and ESPN. Unser also worked as the analyst for the IMS Radio Network in 1986. In 1989 and 1990, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded ABC's telecast of the Indianapolis 500 the Sports Emmy Award for "Outstanding Live Sports Special". Unser receiving announcer honors with Paul Page, Sam Posey and others. Unser also broadcast several NASCAR events between 1986–1992 alongside Page and Benny Parsons. The most famous NASCAR race Unser broadcast was the 1989 The Winston in which Rusty Wallace won by wrecking Darrell Waltrip with 2 laps to go; Unser was the first broadcaster of the broadcasting team to spot the post-race fist-fight between Wallace and Waltrip's pit crews.
Awards
Unser was selected as one of Sports Illustrated's "Top Five Athletes" in the popular magazine's first twenty years, along with the Martini & Rossi and Olsonite "Driver of the Year" awards in 1974.
He was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1990.
He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1997.
He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.
1999 - Presented with Indy 500 Front Row Award, for being a 9-time front row qualifier (1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981).
Federal criminal charges
On 20 December 1996, in Colorado, Unser and a friend became lost while snowmobiling near Unser's New Mexico ranch. They abandoned one stuck snowmobile before a storm blinded them both. When the second snowmobile stopped working, they spent two days and nights in subzero weather before finding a barn where they were found. Both men were suffering badly, his friend was suffering from hypothermia, and Unser had vomited blood during this time. Unser was later convicted of a Federal misdemeanor, "unlawful operation of a snowmobile within a National Forest Wilderness Area" (16 U.S.C. 551, 36 C.F.R. 261.16(a)), and was fined $75. Maximum penalties could have been up to six months in jail and up to $5,000.00 in fines. Unser appealed, claiming to have been lost before the accident, but the court ruled that maps were widely available and it was a public welfare offense, thus intent was not necessary. Unser appealed this decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but his writ of certiorari was denied.
Racing record
American open-wheel racing results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
Complete USAC Championship Car results
Year
Team
Chassis
Engine
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
Pos
Points
1955
INDY
MIL
LAN
SPR
MIL
DUQ
PIK5
SYR
ISF
SAC
PHX
32nd
100
1962
TRE
INDY
MIL
LAN
TRE
SPR
MIL
LAN
SYR
ISF
TRE
SACDNQ
PHX
-
0
1963
TRE
INDY33
MIL
LAN
TRE
SPR18
MIL
DUQ
ISF
TRE
SAC7
PHX9
25th
100
1964
PHX17
TRE
INDY32
MIL12
LAN7
TRE18
SPR4
MIL20
DUQ4
ISF15
TRE6
SAC18
PHX22
14th
470
1965
PHX16
TRE10
INDY19
MIL17
LAN14
PIP2
TRE14
IRP2
ATL22
LAN5
MIL4
SPR10
MIL18
DUQ17
ISF4
TRE6
SAC4
PHX3
7th
1.402
1966
PHX19
TRE18
INDY8
MIL16
LAN14
ATL14
PIP1
IRP4
LAN19
SPR5
MIL8
DUQ3
ISF17
TREDNQ
SAC5
PHX4
6th
1.210
1967
PHX19
TRE3
INDY9
MIL9
LAN6
PIP5
MOS1
MOS1
IRP3
LAN3
MTR22
MTR13
SPR8
MIL26
DUQ6
ISF18
TRE3
SAC18
HAN2
PHX3
RIV2
3rd
3.020
1968
HAN5
LVG1
PHX1
TRE1
INDY1
MIL21
MOS17
MOS
LAN2
PIP1
CDR11
NAZ7
IRP3
IRP21
LAN2
LAN16
MTR2
MTR11
SPRDNQ
MIL4
DUQ18
ISF16
TRE7
SACDNQ
MCH17
HAN2
PHX19
RIV2
1st
4.330
1969
PHX8
HAN7
INDY3
MIL16
LAN1
PIP
CDR16
NAZ
TRE23
IRP24
IRP
MIL2
SPR10
DOV22
DUQ5
ISF3
BRN13
BRN11
TRE7
SAC3
KEN17
KEN5
PHX22
RIV4
3rd
2.585
1970
PHX2
SON18
TRE4
INDY11
MIL6
LAN1
CDR4
MCH2
IRP24
SPR9
MIL19
ONT22
DUQ2
ISFDNQ
SEDDNQ
TRE2
SAC6
PHX17
2nd
2.260
1971
RAF27
RAF
PHX2
TRE4
INDY12
MIL14
POC9
MCH18
MIL1
ONT21
TRE1
PHX8
6th
1.805
1972
PHX1
TRE17
INDY30
MIL1
MCH14
POC20
MILWth
ONT24
TRE1
PHX1
8th
1.500
1973
TWS20
TRE19
TRE15
INDY13
MIL1
POC10
MCH20
MILDNQ
ONT
ONT
ONT7
MCH10
MCH16
TRE2
TWS15
PHX18
12th
1.108
1974
ONT2
ONT
ONT1
PHX2
TRE1
INDY2
MIL21
POC5
MCH1
MIL4
MCH3
TRE2
TRE1
PHX2
1st
4.870
1975
All American Racers
Eagle 74
Offy 159 L4t
ONT
ONT10
ONT2
PHX
TRE
INDY1
MIL2
POC22
MIS5
MIL
3rd
2.489
Jerry O'Connell Racing
Offy Drake L4t
MIS23
TRE
PHX
1976
Fletcher Racing
Eagle 74
Offy Drake L4t
PHX1
TREDNQ
INDY10
MIL3
POC32
MIS
TWS
TRE
MIL4
ONT1
MIS4
TWS17
PHX21
6th
2.080
1977
Fletcher Racing
Lightning Mk1
Offy Drake L4t
ONT15
TREWD
INDY18
MIL16
POC19
MOS
MIS21
TWS15
MIL17
ONT30
MIS
35th
75
Eagle 74
PHX17
TWS
Lightning Mk1
Cosworth DFX V8t
PHX8
1978
All American Racers
Lightning Mk1
Cosworth DFX V8t
PHX18
ONT16
TWS13
TRE20
12th
1.122
Eagle 78
INDY6
MOS19
MIL17
POC20
MIS5
ATL3
TWS8
MIL20
ONT13
MIS
TRE
Eagle 78 MkII
SIL8
BRH13
PHX11
1979
ONT
TWS
INDY5
MIL
POC
TWS
MIL
-
0
1980
ONT23
INDY9
MIL1
POC1
MDO15
3rd
1,334
1981-82
INDY1
POC
ILL
DUQ
ISF
INDYDNQ
-
0
CART
Year
Team
Chassis
Engine
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Rank
Points
1979
Team Penske
Penske PC-7
Cosworth DFX V8t
PHX5
ATL17
ATL24
INDY5
TRE11
TRE21
MIS119
MIS21
WGL1
TRE32
ONT1
MIS31
ATL33
PHX22
2nd
3820
1980
Team Penske
Penske PC-9
Cosworth DFX V8t
ONT123
INDY19
MIL11
POC1
MDO15
MIS12
WGL1
MIL23
ONT21
MIS22
MEX2
PHXDNS
 
 
2nd
3714
1981
Team Penske
Penske PC-9B
Cosworth DFX V8t
PHX12
MIL121
ATL113
ATL26
MIS116
RIV9
MIL23
MIS27
WGL17
MEX15
PHX22
 
 
 
7th
99
Indianapolis 500 results
Year
Chassis
Engine
Start
Finish
1963
Kurtis 500K
Novi
16th
33rd
1964
Ferguson P104
Novi
22nd
32nd
1965
Ferguson P104
Novi
8th
19th
1966
Huffaker 66
Offy
28th
8th
1967
Eagle 67
Ford
8th
9th
1968
Eagle 68
Offy
3rd
1st
1969
Lola T152
Offy
3rd
3rd
1970
Eagle 67
Ford
7th
11th
1971
Eagle 71
Offy
3rd
12th
1972
Eagle 72
Offy
1st
30th
1973
Eagle 73
Offy
2nd
13th
1974
Eagle 74
Offy
7th
2nd
1975
Eagle 74
Offy
3rd
1st
1976
Eagle 74–76
Offy
12th
10th
1977
Lightning Mk1/77
Offy
2nd
18th
1978
Eagle 78
Ford Cosworth DFX
19th
6th
1979
Penske PC-7
Ford Cosworth DFX
4th
5th
1980
Penske PC-9
Ford Cosworth DFX
3rd
19th
1981
Penske PC-9B
Ford Cosworth DFX
1st
1st
Indy 500 qualifying results
Year
Att #
Date
Time
QualDay
Car #
Laps
QualTime
QualSpeed
Rank
Start
Comment
1967
4
05-13
4
1
6
4
 —
164.752
9
8
1968
6
05-18
6
1
3
4
 —
169.507
3
3
1969
12
05-24
12
2
1
4
3:32.1600
169.683
3
3
1970
24
05-16
24
1
3
4
3:33.6400
168.508
8
7
1971
17
05-15
17
1
2
4
3:24.7600
175.816
3
3
1972
13
05-14
16:49
1
6
4
3:03.7300
195.940
1
1
1973
19
05-12
13:28
1
8
0
 —
 —
 —
 —
1973
29
05-12
17:20
1
8
4
3:01.6500
198.183
2
2
1974
14
05-11
11:40
1
48
4
3:14.4100
185.176
8
7
1975
16
05-10
13:14
1
48
4
3:08.4100
191.073
3
3
1976
1
05-15
14:36
1
3
1
 —
 —
 —
 —
PULLED OFF
1976
34
05-16
13:15
2
3
4
3:11.9800
187.520
5
12
1977
6
05-14
11:44
1
6
1
 —
 —
 —
 —
PULLED OFF
1977
32
05-14
16:48
1
6
4
3:02.0700
197.726
2
2
1978
30
05-20
17:07
2
48
4
3:04.9400
194.658
10
20
1979
17
05-13
14:08
1
12
4
3:09.5600
189.913
4
4
1980
23
05-10
14:16
1
11
4
3:09.4800
189.994
3
3
1981
19
05-16
11:36
1
3
4
2:59.5100
200.546
2
1
Complete Formula One World Championship results
Unser participated in 2 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.
(key)
Year
Entrant
Chassis
Engine
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
WDC
Points
1968
Owen Racing Organisation
BRM P126
BRM P101 3.0 V12
RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITADNS
CAN
NC
0
BRM P138
USARet
MEX
Complete NASCAR results
NASCAR Grand National Series
NASCAR Grand National Series results
Year
Team/Owner
No.
Make
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
NGNC
Pts
Ref
1969
Smokey Yunick
13
Ford
DAY
4
DAY
42
n/a
n/a
NASCAR Winston Cup Series
NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year
Team/Owner
No.
Make
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
NGNC
Pts
Ref
1972
Ray Nichels
99
Chevrolet
CLS
43
n/a
n/a
1973
Holman-Moody Racing
41
Ford
RIV
4
n/a
n/a
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