Bobby Unser, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, has died at age 87. Unser died Sunday at his home in Albuquerque.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Unser’s death Monday. He was one of six members of the Unser family to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Unser won the Indianapolis 500 in 1968, 1975 and 1981. Unser and Rick Mears are the only drivers in history to win the event in three different decades. Unser’s brother, Al, won four times. 

Unser started his racing career in 1949, and started his IndyCar career in 1962. He earned his first Top 10 finish in the 1966 Indianapolis 500 and finished his career with 35 IndyCar victories and two championships. After his racing career, Unser became a broadcaster for ABC, NBC and ESPN IndyCar telecasts and for IMS Radio Network. He later became a driver coach and assisted with race strategy for his son Robby Unser.

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

Bobby Unser, three-time Indy 500 champion, dies at 87: ‘There was nobody like him’


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