Legendary Bobby Unser, 3-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Passes Away at 87


Robert William “Bobby” Unser was an American Automobile Racer. Bobby Unser was a three time Indianapolis 500 winner. He had also a rare achievement of winning “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. He was 87 years old when he died.

The Indianapolis Speedway said Monday that Bobby Unser died sunday at his home at new Mexico. Legendary Bobby Unser was a winner of 1968,1975 and 1981 Indy 500.The First race of Unser was in 1963. It was a tough for him and he finished as a 33rd position. He came in timeline in 1981 controversial win where Bobby and mario passed cars under caution after pitting.

The death of Legendary racer announced by Indianapolis Speedway first. They Tweeted ,”RIP to a LEGEND. Today, the racing world mourns the passing of three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser. He was the total package – adored by fans, funny and charming, and a true champion. An icon, always remembered. Godspeed, racer.”

Bobby Unser was born Feb. 20, 1934, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but moved with his family as a child to New Mexico. His father owned a garage along Route 66 and he his brother grew up tooling around in old jalopies before he began his racing career in 1949 at Roswell New Mexico Speedway.

He served two years in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1955. After following his passion he started racing full time and the rest is history.

He was one of just 10 drivers to win the 500 at least three times and Unser and Rick Mears are the only drivers to win the 500 in three different decades. Unser was one of six members of the Unser family to race in the Indianapolis 500.

After successfully completing his racing career he started broadcasting and he also won an Emmy Award. Unser is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons Bobby Jr. and Robby; and daughters Cindy and Jeri.


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