A.J. Laps Led: May 29, 1939) in 1970-71, 1978 and 1987; and Rick Mears (USA) (b. December 3, 1951) in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991. She would compete in two more Indy 500s, placing ninth in 1978 while driving with a broken wrist. Helio Castroneves (2001-02, ‘09), Scott Dixon (2008), Juan Pablo Montoya (2000), Buddy Lazier (1996) and Jacques Villeneuve (1995) all have hoisted the Borg-Werner Trophy. Won Indianapolis 500, ... Emerson Fittipaldi over Al Unser, Jr., 1989 (second place car did not finish 199th lap, third place 6 laps behind leader) ... Four entries have failed to win despite dominating to lead eighty percent or more of a given race's completed laps. Alfred "Al" Unser (born May 29, 1939) is an American automobile racing driver, the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser Jr. Now retired, he is the second of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times, the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years, and won the National Championship in 1970, 1983, and 1985. After qualifying 32nd, Al came through to finish ninth. 2 Scheduled 300-mile race. Unser's Indy 500 debut came at the wheel of A.J. Al Unser Jr in this Galles Racing G-Force emerged on top from a battle with Sam Hornish Jr at the 2001 Gateway Indy 250, an Indy Racing League event in St Louis. Here is a look at some New Mexico natives and their role in Indianapolis 500 history. Foyt, Unser and Mears have each won the 500 four times, while Sullvian won once. One of those wins came in 1970, five years after his first Indy 500, and one of those wins came in 1987, six years prior to his last Indy 500. Al Unser, Jr., wins closest Indy 500 in history. Bobby Unser sets world record for fastest pit stop (4 seconds) 1962 Birthday. Unser’s other win at the Indy 500 … Penske teammates Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi combined to lead all but seven laps in 1994 Indy 500. The 17 years between his first and last Indianapolis 500 victories is the longest span of any driver with multiple wins. Foyt's back-up Sheraton-Thompson Lola. He is the brother of fellow champion Bobby Unser and the father of fellow Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. Al Jr. continued to regularly win races, including two wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, building up to his first Indy “500” win in 1992. 1911. The Indy 500 rookie of the year in 1990 came within a few laps of victory at Indy last year as an owner. The Indianapolis 500, also formally known as the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, or simply the Indy 500, is an annual automobile race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana, United States, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis.The event is traditionally held over Memorial Day weekend, usually the last weekend of May. Although Mario Andretti has only won one Indy 500 race, his name is still one of the most widely recognized throughout IndyCar racing. The Indy 500 is the biggest IRL racing event of the year, and one of the biggest races to ever take place. Foyt, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser Sr. in 1988. Al Unser, Jr. wins 78th Indianapolis 500 in 3:06:29.006 (255.89 kph) 1992 Event. 4 Race stopped because of rain—in 1926 after 400 miles, in 1950 after 345 miles, in 1973 after 332.5 miles, in 1975 after 435 miles, in 1976 after 255 miles, in 2004 after 450 miles, and in 2007 after 415 miles. Nov 18, 2012 - Explore Gerry Courtney's board "Indy 500 Through the Years" on Pinterest. A.J. In his long IRL racing career, Al Unser won 39 IndyCar races, including four at The 500. In a post-race interview, Roger Penske said that after the heartbreak in 1995, the win was the biggest of all his Indy 500 wins. Unser, who won the prestigious race in 1992 and 1994, came out of a brief 2004 retirement to drive in the race last year, finishing 24th. There isn’t a better racing family in history, not even the Andretti’s. 1992 — Al Unser Jr. wins the Indianapolis 500 with the closest finish in the race’s history, beating Scott Goodyear by .043 seconds, barely half a car length. Cheever owned the car Jeff Ward drove to third place last year in his Indy 500 debut. Defending champion Takuma Sato became the first Asian driver to win the Indy 500 with his victory in 2017. Al Unser, Sr., 47, wins his 4th Indy 500; 1978 Event. Foyt Jr. all hold the record for most Indy 500 wins with four apiece. Home; All Articles; Sources. The duo proceeded to lead the most laps, en route to the victory, giving Penske Racing a 1-2 finish, the first time in the team's history. This will be his 19th start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On the final lap after much haranguing, Goodyear got a brilliant run off Turn 2 and closed in. Coming off Turn 4, Goodyear went right and then left, stalking Unser, but in the end Unser outdragged him to win by the smallest margin in Indy 500 history – 0.043s! Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light is the ultimate festival of fun, friends and some of the biggest electronic music acts in the world – all while Indy cars roar past at 230 mph. The Snake Pit is the perfect start of a … His first win at Speedway was in 1992, when he beat out second place by the closest margin of victory in the history of the Indianapolis 500. Bobby Unser has three wins and Al Unser Jr. has two. 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