Al Unser Quotes

Alfred "Al" Unser (born May 29, 1939) is an American automobile racing driver, the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser Jr.. Now retired, he is the second of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times, the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years, and won the National Championship in 1970, 1983, and 1985. He is the only person to have both a sibling (Bobby) and child (Al Jr.) as fellow Indy 500 winners. Al's nephews Johnny and Robby Unser have also competed in that race

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Al Unser


Winning in my business is everything.

Al Unser


I've got a great team of engineers behind this race car. I've got a great bunch of mechanics that make it reliable. This car is developed to go out there and be better than the Reynard, and I feel that it is.

Al Unser


Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.

Al Unser


“Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.”

Al Unser


“I knew what he wanted to do, and he showed me the plans, but when he brought me to the building and showed me around, I didn't see how it was possible. I didn't think there was enough room but he said, 'We're going to gut all these offices.' I figured even if he tore everything out it wouldn't be very big, so I'm just amazed at how spacious all these rooms are.”

Al Unser


“Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for.”

Al Unser


“That is a heck of a racetrack and I know all the drivers are looking forward to coming out there. I think the people of Northern California are really going to enjoy the show.”

Al Unser


“That is a heck of a racetrack and I know all the drivers are looking forward to coming out there, ... I think the people of Northern California are really going to enjoy the show.”

Al Unser


“I wouldn't mind meeting Eddie Van Halen. That would be great. We need to invite him to a race.”

Al Unser


“I tell all the rookies that come into our series and all the young drivers they can come ask me anything at any time, and we'll give them the straight shoot.”

Al Unser


“This place shows what we have done. How it started. How it all happened. I think what you see here will bring to life what we have accomplished in auto racing.”

Al Unser


“I don't want to get into anything that would only be halfway. If we're going to commit to it, then we're going to commit to it all the way.”

Al Unser


“If we get in an accident that's strong enough to break bones, it's going to break bones. What makes me a little bit higher risk is that if I break my right ankle again, I've got a bunch of screws and plates in there, and that would not be good.”

Al Unser


“I never had very good luck here, ... In an IROC car I crashed, blew a tire in an Indy car, and a Formula 5000 car I ran here I thought I won the race. It was in the rain and the records got washed away, so they took it away from me.”

Al Unser


“The only thing that's changed is the competitiveness of the series. It's only become harder to win in our series as the years have gone by. Competition breeds good things, and that's what's happened here.”

Al Unser