On This Day

Al Unser

Profession: Auto Racer

United States of America

Why Famous: Won four Indianapolis 500 races in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987.

Born: May 29, 1939
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Age: 82 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Gemini

Historical Events

  • 1970-05-30 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Snr joins his brother Bobby as the first duo of brothers to win the race; owner Parnelli Jones second to win as both a driver and owner
  • 1971-05-29 Indianapolis 500: Defending champion Al Unser Snr becomes first and only driver to win race on his birthday; leads for final 83 laps
  • 1978-05-28 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Snr in a Lola dominates second half of race to hold off Tom Sneva for his third Indy victory
  • 1987-05-24 Indianapolis 500: 47 year-old, now part-time driver Al Unser Sr. wins his record-tying 4th Indy title in a huge upset
  • 1991-05-26 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins from pole, becoming the third 4-time winner (joins A. J. Foyt and Al Unser); record 6th career pole position for Mears

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