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Three Time Indy 500 Winner Bobby Unser Dies at 87

The 3-time Indy 500 winner passed away at his New Mexico home at the age of 87.

Posted: May 3, 2021 11:35 AM
Updated: May 3, 2021 12:11 PM

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser has died.

He died of natural causes at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sunday.

Unser won the Indy 500 in 1968, 1975 and 1981. His younger brother, Al, is one of only three four-time Indy 500 winners in race history.

The Unser family tradition stretched to Al Unser’s son, Al Unser Jr., who won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994.

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.

Roger Penske, Chairman of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Team Penske said, “There simply was no one quite like Bobby Unser. Bobby was a ferocious competitor on the track, and his larger-than-life personality made him one of the most beloved and unique racers we have ever seen. Throughout his time as a driver, a commentator and an ambassador of our sport, Bobby’s stories and his passion for racing were legendary."

Bobby Unser was 87. He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons Bobby Jr. and Robby; and daughters Cindy and Jeri.

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