Articles tagged Al Unser Snr

Page 40, June 2002

Long-distance front runners

A car's greatness can be measured not just in results but also by the memories it triggers. Some of the 956/962's famous operators tell David Malsher what this car means to them At the end of 1981, I went to see Professor [Helmut] Bott of Porsche. He said, Well, Derek, we would like you to drive for us next year. We are building a monocoque chassis; we have never done that before. We are putting...

Page 7, November 2002

Unser Centre under way

A museum and children's discovery centre is being built by US racing legend Al Unser (above) in the family's home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The centre will teach children the history and development of the internal combustion engine, and will feature a simulator and IMAX amphitheatre. The museum so far has 37 restored cars from the careers of Al Unser Snr, Al Jnr and Snr's nephew, Johnny,...

Page 15, December 2000

Trumpeting a 'White Elephant'

Sir, I was fascinated to read Joe Scalzo's item, Stars &Gripes (October 2000 issue) — a fine tale about a little bit of knowledge being a dangerous thing. But I was confused by the caption 'Maurice Philippe got it right with Lotus 72 — and so wrong with this'. While I wholeheartedly agree about the 72, arguably the most successful Fl car, the picture involved shows the then-brand-new Parnelli...

Page 88, August 2001

SHOULD TRY HARDER

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY SHOULD TRY HARDER MARIO ANDRETTI 1987 INDIANAPOLIS 500 ANDRETTTS LUCK AT INDY WAS ATROCIOUS, BUT NEVERMORE SO THAN IN '87, WHERE HIS ENGINE FAILED BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN TOO EASY ON IT HE RUES ANOTHER '500' DNF TO ADAM COOPER FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, THE COMMENTATOR'S urgent shriek of "Mario Andretti is slowing!" was the most famous catchphrase at Indianapolis. Indeed, it was...

Page 55, October 2004

Fast acting hero

Paul Newman might be a movie legend, but it's racing that lights his fire, he tells Gordon Kirby When you think of Paul Newman does Butch Cassidy spring to mind? Yeah, me too. That's the thing about surviving as one of the great icons of Hollywood: you might be 79, but to the rest of us you will always be 44, immortalised by that wry smile and those piercing blue eyes. Newman was the type of guy...

Page 26, February 1989

Stateside, CART Championship review

The right stuff! Indycar racing witnessed a clear shift in its delicate balance of power in 1988, although its turbocharged formula continued to provide more competitive racing than Formula One could a new Penske chassis took over from March or Lola as the thing to have, while Ilmor's Chevrolet V8 finally ousted Cosworth's DFX as the dominant powerplant — a combination of circumstances which...

Page 6, June 1994

The month in MOTOR SPORT

APRIL Mercedes-Benz confirms that it will supply engines via Ilmor to Penske for the Indianapolis 500. Successful Formula Ford racer Roger Eccleston dies after a lengthy illness. Eccleston was particularly well-known for his exploits with a Crossle 25F in the Midlands and the North-West. Michael Schumacher takes a second straight F1 win in the Pacific GP at TI. Pole-winner Ayrton Senna retires in...

Page 90, March 2000

STP Paxton Turbine Special

The first of a new series in which senior racing car designers nominate a machine they didn't design, but which they admire either for technical ingenuity, elegant simplicity, or sheer results Ask me to name a car I'd like to have been involved with, and I'd go for one which was almost before my time — the STP Paxton Gas Turbine car which ran at Indianapolis in 1967. Parnelli Jones would have...

Page 7, July 1988

Penske Dominates Indianapolis 500

The Cosworth DFX engine's ten-year winning streak at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race was broken on May 29 when Rick Mears brought his Chevrolet V8-engined Penske home first, for the team's fourth success in five years. All three Penske PC17s started from the front row of the grid, after qualifying runs in excess of 215mph, and Danny Sullivan scorched into a one-lap lead, only to crash at half-...

Page 18, February 1993

The remarkable Mr Mears

Indycar racing may have gained Nigel Mansell and entranced Ayrton Senna, but its true King has just abdicated Amidst all the euphoria of Mansell and Senna and their transatlantic crossings, Rick Ravon Mears stepped from the spotlight last December. As ever, when he announced his intention to retire it was done quietly. Like his driving, there was minimal fuss. There was no hoopla, no public...

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