From the photo vault: The Unser family through the years

Published On April 17, 2016 » 2122 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500, Photography

We’re chronicling 100 days of Indy 500 history on #SpeedRead leading up to the historic 100th Running. With 42 days to go, we’re digging deep into the IMS photo vault.

More from the vault: The “day-after” shots | Can I get a word? | Drinking the milk | Henderson/Nabors | The Snake PitSelling the 500 | Going to the dogs | More 100 days blogs

So far in our 100 days countdown to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, we’ve covered Al Unser and Bobby Unser, two legends of the race as four- and three-time winners, respectively.

Add in Al Unser Jr. and you’ve got an incredible nine spots on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Those nine spots have been filled for more than two decades now, given that “Little Al” won his last “500” in 1994, but the fact never gets too old to share. Think about it – by the 200th Indianapolis 500, might there be multiple members of the Kanaan family, or Hunter-Reays, or maybe even more Andrettis on the Borg-Warner? (Hopefully there will still be a #SpeedRead to chronicle them, but we digress.)

The Indianapolis 500 is so much about families, in the grandstands and on the track, but when it comes to the latter there’s no more prolific bunch than the Unsers.

Here’s a few family shots over 40 years that we know you’ll enjoy.

Al and Bobby in 1975. Bobby would get win No. 2 this year.

Al and Bobby in 1975. Bobby would get win No. 2 this year.

Unsers and Andrettis together in 1983: Which side were you on?

Unsers and Andrettis together in 1983: Which side were you on?

Unsers and Andrettis together in 1983: Which side were you on?

Unsers and Andrettis together in 1983: Which side were you on?

In 1992, "Little Al" won his first and Al was nearing the end of his remarkable career. What might Bobby have been telling them?

In 1992, “Little Al” won his first and Al was nearing the end of his remarkable career. What might Bobby have been telling them?

Great moment in 2015 at the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational when Robby, Bobby, Al, Al Jr. and Johnny gathered again.

Great moment in 2015 at the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational when Robby, Bobby, Al, Al Jr. and Johnny gathered again.

 

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I joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications team in July 2014 and love sharing stories from the World Capital of Racing, particularly its rich history. Most of my professional career has been in racing or golf, so if I'm not in the IMS media center, the office at 16th and Georgetown or milling around Gasoline Alley, maybe I'll be standing over a birdie putt at Brickyard Crossing. Follow us at @IMS or drop me a line at @JohnSchwarb and come back to the blog often for more stories.
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