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(Some Guy)   They say Deaths come in threes, Al makes it 3 Unser's in 2021   (racing.ap.org) divider line
    More: Sad, Indianapolis 500, Al Unser, Mario Andretti, Penske Racing, Champ Car, son Al Unser Jr., American Championship Car Racing, Indy Racing League  
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2021-12-10 6:50:04 PM  
As a 70's kid Big Al was a Big Deal even if you weren't a racing fan. I wasn't but still knew who he was. The Indy 500 was a lot like the Superb Owl back then -- everyone watched. Considering there were only three channels and the other two were showing "Heidi" it was the one entertaining thing on TV.

/ Al jr. best take it real easy in this the last month of the year.
 
2021-12-10 6:53:35 PM  
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Al Unser SR. finishes 3rd.
 
2021-12-10 7:16:14 PM  
His final victory at age 47 made him the oldest winner in Indy 500 history.

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2021-12-10 7:30:31 PM  

iamskibibitz: His final victory at age 47 made him the oldest winner in Indy 500 history.

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Helio would have to break the wins record to break that one. He won his 4th at age 46.
 
2021-12-10 7:34:07 PM  
I think his most impressive feat was coming from near the back of the grid and almost beating his son in '92 when he was in his 50s.
 
2021-12-10 8:16:01 PM  

CrazyCurt: / Al jr. best take it real easy in this the last month of the year.


Seriously, no boozing or tiddie bars for a while..
 
2021-12-10 8:42:36 PM  
Unser goes under?
 
2021-12-10 8:49:48 PM  

Princip's Sandwich: iamskibibitz: His final victory at age 47 made him the oldest winner in Indy 500 history.

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Helio would have to break the wins record to break that one. He won his 4th at age 46.


And if he won it next year, he still wouldn't get oldest: Helio'd be turning 47 a few weeks before Indy, while Big Al turned 48 five days after his fourth.

/ Helio wouldn't even be second oldest, because Bobby was 47 and a few months for his third
 
2021-12-10 10:43:53 PM  
Damn, he was one of those drivers that, if you mentioned the Indy 500 back in the 70s and 80s, his name immediately came to mind. He was synonymous with the race, alongside Andretti, Foyt, and Rahal.

The great race in the sky has another badass driver on track tonight.
 
2021-12-11 2:32:33 AM  
Peyton Manning, who played four seasons with Thomas in Denver, said the wide receiver was a better person than he was a player.

WHAT?
 
2021-12-11 6:30:42 AM  

solokumba: Peyton Manning, who played four seasons with Thomas in Denver, said the wide receiver was a better person than he was a player.

WHAT?


An ever bigger "WHAT?" is WHAT is this comment doing in this thread?
 
2021-12-11 8:52:14 AM  
FTFA: He was preceded in death by daughters Mary and Deborah.

Burying two children gives me many more sads than the passing of an elderly man.
And is in no way trying to demean his passing.
 
2021-12-11 8:55:09 AM  

CrazyCurt: As a 70's kid Big Al was a Big Deal even if you weren't a racing fan. I wasn't but still knew who he was. The Indy 500 was a lot like the Superb Owl back then -- everyone watched. Considering there were only three channels and the other two were showing "Heidi" it was the one entertaining thing on TV.

/ Al jr. best take it real easy in this the last month of the year.


And they did not bother to show the end of a thrilling Jets/Raiders game so that precious Heidi could be broadcast in its appointed slot. AKA the Heidi Bowl.
 
2021-12-11 1:01:25 PM  

FarkaDark: CrazyCurt: As a 70's kid Big Al was a Big Deal even if you weren't a racing fan. I wasn't but still knew who he was. The Indy 500 was a lot like the Superb Owl back then -- everyone watched. Considering there were only three channels and the other two were showing "Heidi" it was the one entertaining thing on TV.

/ Al jr. best take it real easy in this the last month of the year.

And they did not bother to show the end of a thrilling Jets/Raiders game so that precious Heidi could be broadcast in its appointed slot. AKA the Heidi Bowl.


To be fair...no one wants to watch the Jets or the Raiders.
 
2021-12-11 2:03:24 PM  

FarkaDark: FTFA: He was preceded in death by daughters Mary and Deborah.

Burying two children gives me many more sads than the passing of an elderly man.
And is in no way trying to demean his passing.


Yeah. My grandmother never did get over losing two of her boys before she passed.

/she'd lost their dad, her only husband through her life, when they were both in their mid-40s
 
2021-12-11 4:45:03 PM  
Fun fact: Big Al was the first driver to nurse a Buick V6 the full 500 miles at Indy, and holds its best finish (third, behind Little Al and Scott Goodyear, 1992). Others had seen the checkers before, but laps down.

/ Arie Luyendyk was the only other driver to finish the full 500 with a Buick (Menard, seventh in 1995)
 
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