IPS: Al Unser III to debut at Kansas

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 30, 2004 -- Alfred Richard Unser, the third generation of one of the most successful auto-racing families in history, will compete in the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù with Keith Duesenberg Racing,...

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, June 30, 2004 -- Alfred Richard Unser, the third generation of one of the most successful auto-racing families in history, will compete in the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro Series^Ù with Keith Duesenberg Racing, team officials announced June 30.

Unser, known as "Just Al", will make his series debut July 3 in the Aventis Racing for Kids 100 at Kansas Speedway.

Unser, 21, is the grandson of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Sr. and the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. Young Unser tested a Menards Infiniti Pro Series car for the first time on June 7 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports at Kentucky Speedway and participated in an IRL Open Test June 15 at The Milwaukee Mile with Keith Duesenberg Racing.

"I'm extremely excited to run with Keith Duesenberg and the Western Union Speed Team," Unser said. "The Menards Infiniti Pro Series should be a place where I can get good experience and continue my racing career."

"We're very impressed with Al," said Duesenberg. "He's the real deal. We're very excited and very pleased to work with him. We're looking forward to a long-term relationship."

Unser was the 2002 Rookie of the Year in the Skip Barber Dodge Western Racing Series, recording six victories. In 2003, he recorded four top-10 finishes in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Unser made his Toyota Atlantic series debut at Long Beach, Calif. in April.

Duesenberg, related to the founders of the Duesenberg Motor Company and Duesenberg Brothers Racing, founded Keith Duesenberg Racing in 2003. The team has earned three victories in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. Jeff Simmons won at Gateway and Kentucky last year, while Phil Giebler won the 2004 season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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The Menards Infiniti Pro Series Aventis Racing for Kids 100 will take place July 3 at Kansas Speedway. The race will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) July 4 by ESPN2. The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at 12:45 p.m. (EDT) July 4 at Kansas Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ABC and the IMS Radio Network.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Sam Schmidt , Al Unser Sr. , Skip Barber , Jeff Simmons , Phil Giebler , Al Unser III