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Al Unser, Jr.

About AL

Alfred Unser, Jr. (born April 19, 1962), nicknamed “Little Al,” is a retired American race car driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner.

Unser was born into a racing family in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is the son of Al Unser and the nephew of Bobby Unser, both Indianapolis 500 winners themselves. The Unser family has won the Indy 500 a record nine times.

Al started racing go-karts at the age of nine, and by the age of sixteen, he was already racing sprint cars. Soon after high school, he moved into road racing, winning the Super Vee title in a981 and the Can-Am title in 1982.

He was a key member of many notable teams throughout his career and made a name for himself while driving for Galles Racing, Doug Shierson Racing, Team Penske, and others.

In 2007 he was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2009.

Four children, one grandson.

The Wings & Wheels Foundation helps drivers who have the talent for racing but lack the financial support to pursue the exciting sport.

Al Unser, Jr. and Andy O’Gara

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Al Unser, Jr. and Andy O’Gara share in TeamWWF’s passion to help top professionals succeed in open-wheel racing regardless of race, gender, age, or nationality.

A Checkered Past

Read Al’s new book, A Checkered Past (as told to Jade Gurss).

Foreword by Roger Penske

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Al Unser, Jr. and Andy O'Gara share in Wings & Wheels Foundation's passion for helping top professionals succeed in open-wheel racing.

AL // I’m Al Unser Jr.

ANDY // And I’m Andy O’Gara.

AL // We’re here with the Wings & Wheels Foundation.

ANDY // We’d like to thank you guys for visiting today. It’s a great opportunity for us personally to help develop the young careers of the multiple individuals that might not necessarily see the opportunities within our sport, regardless of race, gender, age, nationality, we’re here and we want to see the top professionals make it where they need to be in open-wheel racing.

AL // And because I’ve seen in my career, lots of drivers have the talent, but they just don’t have the funding to go forward into the sport. And so we’re here to to help increase those chances for those drivers

ANDY // On and off the track the resources behind the seat time, the personnel, and the equipment necessary to perform at the top level are very, very important. And the Wings & Wheels Foundation is giving multiple opportunities to deserving drivers for 2021 and hopefully many years beyond. 

AL // And also with the families of the young drivers. We want their involvement in our race team and culture, all of them.

ANDY // Absolutely. Absolutely. The way we work week in and week out, it’s a family environment. We have to have fun coming to the track. We want those around us smiling. We want to remember why we’re here doing this.

AL // And also, and even with all of them in the auto racing industry, it teaches sportsmanship and competitiveness. It teaches fairness. You have to work hard at it when you’re out there racing and developing and practicing, and it involves entire families.

ANDY // The Wings & Wheels Foundation is developing far more than just race drivers. We’re developing the next generation of athletes, engineers, scientists, and mechanics, and really looking at those opportunities and trying to grant those to deserving individuals.

AL // Thank you.

ANDY // Thanks for joining us.

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31


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