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Bobby Unser

Bobby Unser's 1979 Penske Cosworth Indycar

Robert William "Bobby" Unser (born February 20, 1934 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) was a U.S. automobile racer. He is the brother of Al Unser and Jerry Unser, the father of Robby Unser, and the uncle of Al Unser, Jr. and Johnny Unser. Often under-rated, he was an astute and occasionally very rapid exponent of the subtle art of oval racing. He is one of seven drivers to win the Indy 500 three times and one of only two to have won the 500 in three different decades (1968, 75, 81).

1981 Indianapolis 500

Bobby was apart of one of the most controversial finishes in Indy 500 history. In lap 149, during a caution period, Bobby and Mario Andretti made their pit stop and headed back to the race, the problem was Bobby passed 8 cars during the caution, while Mario passed 2 cars himself, a subject that was heatily debated on ESPN Classic's Big Ticket episode in 2000. Unser won the race, but was stripped the next morning to the 2nd place finisher Mario Andretti, but Unser got his win back in October 1981.

Other achievements

Bobby was the 1975 IROC champion.

Bobby Unser won the USAC Indy car championships in 1968 and 1974. He also competed in the 1968 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, driving for the BRM team.

He also drove in 3 NASCAR Grand National races from 1969 to 1973 with a best finish of fourth.


He was a color commentator for Indycar races after his retirement.


Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1963 Kurtis Kraft Novi 16th 33rd
1964 Ferguson Novi 22nd 32nd
1965 Kurtis Kraft Novi 8th 19th
1966 Huffaker Offy 28th 8th
1967 Eagle Ford 8th 9th
1968 Eagle Offy 3rd 1st
1969 Lola Offy 3rd 3rd
1970 Eagle Ford 7th 11th
1971 Eagle Offy 3rd 12th
1972 Eagle Offy 1st 30th
1973 Eagle Offy 2nd 13th
1974 Eagle Offy 7th 2nd
1975 Eagle Offy 3rd 1st
1976 Eagle Offy 12th 10th
1977 Lightning Offy 2nd 18th
1978 Eagle Cosworth 19th 6th
1979 Penske Cosworth 4th 5th
1980 Penske Cosworth 3rd 19th
1981 Penske Cosworth 1st 1st

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Indianapolis 500 Winners
Four-time winners

A. J. FoytAl Unser, Sr.Rick Mears

Three-time winners

MeyerShawRoseRutherfordB. Unser

Two-time winners

MiltonVukovichWardJohncockFittipaldiLuyendykUnser, Jr.Castroneves

One win

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