By the last race in the 1985 Indy Car Series, the drivers’ championship had come down to a single point – between Al Unser and his son, Al Unser Jr. Al Unser Sr was already an accomplished racer, with 3 Indy 500’s and two National Championship wins under his belt, whereas his son’s career was just beginning, and a championship win would cement his place in the world of IndyCar racing. Al was faced with a unique decision – he could pass his rival to his third national championship, or keep his spot and let his son take the crown. It was at this moment that Al Unser Sr had to make a choice – was he a father or a racecar driver? But how did the Unser family earn their reputation in the world of automotive racing? What made them arguably the first family of Indy racing? And what does the future of racing hold for the new generation of Unsers? Today on Past Gas, we’re talking about the Unser family.
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