Saturday, December 22, 2012

Greatest Drivers of All Time #10: Al Unser Jr.

In a new series I am doing on the blog, I take a look at the greatest fifteen drivers in the history of motorsports, with some statistics and reasons as to why I selected them. Here are the previous drivers on the list:

#15 Jim Clark
#14 Dario Franchitti
#13 Sir Jackie Stewart
#12 Jimmie Johnson
#11 Michael Schumacher


Al Unser Jr.


Born: April 19, 1962 Albuquerque, USA
Race starts (USAC, CART, and Indycar): 341
Wins: 36
Poles: 8
Indianapolis 500 Wins:  2
USAC and Indycar Titles: 4

"LITTLE AL WINS BY JUST A NOSE." The famous words of Bob Jenkins as Al Unser Jr; aka Little Al, crosses the line in P1 in the 1992 Indianapolis 500 after beating Scott Goodyear by the blink of an eye. Little Al also won another Indy 500 in 1994, putting him on the short list of Multi-500 winners. Al Jr. dominated the 1990 Indycar Championship, winning six races along the way. But unfortunately, Little Al has gone through some rough patches, especially of late, as he was arrested for reckless driving and driving while intoxicated. He was fired from Indycar as his role as a steward. But this doesn't change my image of him as a racer, as he always kicked ass and took names. Little Al, one of the definite all time greats in the history of racing. 

Stay tuned for #9. Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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