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  • Two Al Unsers at Indy?

    There's a story up on indycar.com about Unser, Jr. being hired as a series driver coach. That in itself isn't all that exciting, but there's a line at the end about how he's trying to put together an Indy deal for himself and Al III this year. Would be interesting to see another father/son combo out there, though with the increased competition this year I'm not sure Al III would be able to make it. Any ideas where they might wind up?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Vic Mackey
    There's a story up on indycar.com about Unser, Jr. being hired as a series driver coach. That in itself isn't all that exciting, but there's a line at the end about how he's trying to put together an Indy deal for himself and Al III this year. Would be interesting to see another father/son combo out there, though with the increased competition this year I'm not sure Al III would be able to make it. Any ideas where they might wind up?
    Not trying to burst anyone's bubble, but Unser Jr. was an embarrasment last year. He really needs to hang it up. I know his car wasn't the best, but he was so far off of Manning on the same team, it was terrible. There comes a time to call it quits, and I think it's his time.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Vic Mackey
      There's a story up on indycar.com about Unser, Jr. being hired as a series driver coach. That in itself isn't all that exciting, but there's a line at the end about how he's trying to put together an Indy deal for himself and Al III this year. Would be interesting to see another father/son combo out there, though with the increased competition this year I'm not sure Al III would be able to make it. Any ideas where they might wind up?
      Playa Del Racing
      “If somebody blocked you, you either hit ’em in the *** or got out of your car and beat their ***,” said A.J. Foyt

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      • #4
        At least he wasn't skeered.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by THE BEAR
          At least he wasn't skeered.
          Considering how long it took him to get up to 215mph, I think he may have been.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by foyt fan
            Not trying to burst anyone's bubble, but Unser Jr. was an embarrasment last year. He really needs to hang it up. I know his car wasn't the best, but he was so far off of Manning on the same team, it was terrible. There comes a time to call it quits, and I think it's his time.

            Go look at his qualification run from last May. He can still drive it. His crew was so inexperienced last year that it was a miracle that he brought it home in one piece.

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            • #7
              What is "Just" Al doing these days? Is he still in the feeders?

              And what about Arie Jr, while we're at it?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by foyt fan
                Unser Jr. was an embarrasment last year. He really needs to hang it up. I know his car wasn't the best, but...
                I have a hard time caring about anything Al Jr., he continues to shown his personallity/character is less than enspiring.

                However, he's not to blamed for that performance.
                " I can tolerate people forming opinions based on ignorance... that happens every day, but don't pass off your ignorance as facts."

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                • #9
                  I tell ya what. Judging from those pictures in that article, Little Al is in a lot better shape now than he was last year. Not to sound gay or anything but he is looking pretty good. That may be an indication that he is planning on running this May. Remember his old man won it at age 47!!
                  No place I'd rather be than IMS in May!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Threewide
                    Go look at his qualification run from last May. He can still drive it. His crew was so inexperienced last year that it was a miracle that he brought it home in one piece.
                    It took him all month to get to that speed. Didn't he get lapped about 5 times in the race? Once again being an Anthony fan, I know how bad those cars can be, but I really think the time for Al Jr. to be compettitive has come and gone.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tomes1978
                      I tell ya what. Judging from those pictures in that article, Little Al is in a lot better shape now than he was last year. Not to sound gay or anything but he is looking pretty good. That may be an indication that he is planning on running this May. Remember his old man won it at age 47!!
                      His old man won it driving for Penske. I'm pretty sure Al won't be.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by foyt fan
                        His old man won it driving for Penske. I'm pretty sure Al won't be.
                        So what is it. Has Al lost his nerve as you have implied in your earlier posts, or does he not have a good ride. I agree with your last post, that he would be competitive in a good car.
                        No place I'd rather be than IMS in May!

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                        • #13
                          it will be so good to see Little AL in the race and see him when i at qualifying. It will be good to see his boy too.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tomes1978
                            So what is it. Has Al lost his nerve as you have implied in your earlier posts, or does he not have a good ride. I agree with your last post, that he would be competitive in a good car.
                            Well I think it is both. He seems to have lost some of the ability, and he probably won't end up with a top tier team. I really think it is more about needing the money at this point. He hasn't made the best decisions with his life.

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                            • #15
                              Sometimes poor rides/cars...make good drivers look poor...

                              Last year Michael Waltrip looked washed up at Daytona...did he suddenly become a good driver? No, he just had a better ride
                              "...American open-wheel racing is based around the most famous oval track in the world -- the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So how in the world does it make sense to center the majority of the IndyCar Series on street courses, road courses and foreign events?..." Terry Blount, ESPN

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