Fri March 19, 2010
New Mexico Racing Champion, Bobby Unser
Fri. 4/9: It's all in the family. Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser tells harrowing tales of his rookie days, and the Unser name in racing.
This month's guest is Bobby Unser, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the older brother of four-time Indy winner, Al Unser, Sr., who founded the Unser Racing Museum in Albuquerque.
If you are interested in what it is like to first take the track at Indianapolis at speeds over 200 mph, while the owner of a million-dollar car nervously watches a rookie driver immediately go for top speeds, then you must hear Bobby Unser tell the story of his initial attempts to qualify for the 500.
We will also ask Bobby what it is about this family - individually or collectively - that makes it the most successful family in racing if not in all of sports. (Besides Bobby and Al, Al, Jr. has won Indy twice and two other Unser's have competed seven times in the 500.) Finally, we cover the closest and most controversial 500 in history that came down to a duel between Bobby and fellow racing legend Mario Andretti, which, instead of three hours, took four months to decide.
Produced with the assistance of John Burgund