INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2004 - This weekend marks the first event contested by the third generation of Unser Indy Racing League drivers. Alfred Richard Unser - call him Just Al - follows up a good mid-June test at The Milwaukee Mile to race with...
INDIANAPOLIS, June 30, 2004 - This weekend marks the first event contested by the third generation of Unser Indy Racing League drivers.
Alfred Richard Unser - call him Just Al - follows up a good mid-June test at The Milwaukee Mile to race with Keith Duesenberg's team in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. Unser's first stint behind the wheel comes July 3rd in the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway oval.
Unser, 21, is the grandson of Al Unser, one of only three drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race four times and the son of two-time Indy 500 and CART champion Al Unser Jr., who announced his retirement from IRL competition today, even as he disclosed his son's intent to race this weekend.
Initially, the youngest Unser tested successfully with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Kentucky Speedway June 7th and followed up with his excellent Milwaukee test a week later.
"We were very impressed with Al," said Duesenberg. "He's the real deal. We're very excited and very pleased to work with him and we're looking forward to a long-term relationship."
Rookie of the Year in the Skip Barber Dodge Western Racing Series in 2002 with six victories, Unser recorded four top-10 results in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2003. He made his Toyota Atlantic series debut at the 30th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this spring.
Keith Duesenberg Racing has recorded three victories in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series since joining the series last season. Jeff Simmons took victory at Gateway and Kentucky last year for the team, while Phil Giebler earned a win in his debut for Duesenberg Racing in the Pro series' Homestead-Miami season opener in February 2004.
The Aventis Racing for Kids 100 airs on ESPN2 July 4th at 7:30PM EDT, one day after the race is held.