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Bobby Unser's 1979 Penske Cosworth Indycar

Robert William "Bobby" Unser (born February 20, 1934 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a retired U.S. automobile racer. He is the brother of Al Unser and Jerry Unser, the father of Robby Unser, and the uncle of Al Unser, Jr. and Johnny Unser. He is one of seven drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 three times, and one of only two to have won the 500 in three different decades (1968, 75, 81). Bobby has also been a spokesman and advocate of Amsoil.

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1981 Indianapolis 500

Bobby was part of one of the most controversial finishes in Indy 500 history at the 1981 Indianapolis 500. On lap 149, during a caution period, Bobby and Mario Andretti made their pit stop and headed back to the race. Bobby passed eight cars during the caution, while Mario passed two cars. Their conduct was debated on ESPN Classic's Big Ticket episode in 2000. Unser won the race, but was stripped of it the following morning in favor of second place finisher Mario Andretti. Unser was awarded the win in October 1981.

Other achievements

Was the first driver to average more than 190 MPH at the Indianapolis 500.

Was the 1975 IROC champion.

Won the USAC Indy car championships in 1968 and 1974. He also competed in the 1968 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, driving for the BRM team.

Challenged Dan Gurney to improve the performance of his 1971 USAC car, leading to the development of the Gurney flap.

Drove in three NASCAR Grand National races from 1969 to 1973 with a best finish of fourth.

Won the 1993 Fastmasters championship.

Set to appear in "32 Hours, 7 Minutes"; a documentary due out in 2008.

Is the undisputed king of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with 13 wins.

Broadcaster

He was a color commentator for Indycar races after his retirement.

Awards

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1963 Kurtis Kraft Novi 16th 33rd
1964 Ferguson Novi 22nd 32nd
1965 Kurtis Kraft Novi 8th 19th
1966 Huffaker Offy 28th 8th
1967 Eagle Ford 8th 9th
1968 Eagle Offy 3rd 1st
1969 Lola Offy 3rd 3rd
1970 Eagle Ford 7th 11th
1971 Eagle Offy 3rd 12th
1972 Eagle Offy 1st 30th
1973 Eagle Offy 2nd 13th
1974 Eagle Offy 7th 2nd
1975 Eagle Offy 3rd 1st
1976 Eagle Offy 12th 10th
1977 Lightning Offy 2nd 18th
1978 Eagle Cosworth 19th 6th
1979 Penske Cosworth 4th 5th
1980 Penske Cosworth 3rd 19th
1981 Penske Cosworth 1st 1st

Indy 500 Qualifying Results

Year Att # Date Time Qual
Day
Car # Laps Qual
Time
Qual
Speed
Rank Start Comment
1967 4 05-13 4 1 6 4 164.752 9 8  
1968 6 05-18 6 1 3 4 169.507 3 3  
1969 12 05-24 12 2 1 4 3:32.1600 169.683 3 3  
1970 24 05-16 24 1 3 4 3:33.6400 168.508 8 7  
1971 17 05-15 17 1 2 4 3:24.7600 175.816 3 3  
1972 13 05-14 16:49 1 6 4 3:03.7300 195.940 1 1  
1973 19 05-12 13:28 1 8 0  
1973 29 05-12 17:20 1 8 4 3:01.6500 198.183 2 2  
1974 14 05-11 11:40 1 48 4 3:14.4100 185.176 8 7  
1975 16 05-10 13:14 1 48 4 3:08.4100 191.073 3 3  
1976 1 05-15 14:36 1 3 1 PULLED OFF
1976 34 05-16 13:15 2 3 4 3:11.9800 187.520 5 12  
1977 6 05-14 11:44 1 6 1 PULLED OFF
1977 32 05-14 16:48 1 6 4 3:02.0700 197.726 2 2  
1978 30 05-20 17:07 2 48 4 3:04.9400 194.658 10 20  
1979 17 05-13 14:08 1 12 4 3:09.5600 189.913 4 4  
1980 23 05-10 14:16 1 11 4 3:09.4800 189.994 3 3  
1981 19 05-16 11:36 1 3 4 2:59.5100 200.546 2 1  

Complete Formula One World Championship results

Unser participated in 2 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.

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Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points
1968 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P138 BRM V12 RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
DNS
CAN
USA
Ret
MEX
NC 0

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Preceded by
Mark Donohue
IROC Champion
IROC II (1975)
Succeeded by
A.J. Foyt
Preceded by
A. J. Foyt
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1968
Succeeded by
Mario Andretti
Preceded by
Johnny Rutherford
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1975
Succeeded by
Johnny Rutherford
Preceded by
Johnny Rutherford
Indianapolis 500 Winner
1981
Succeeded by
Gordon Johncock
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