PHOTOS: Record four-time Indy 500 winner, Al Unser Sr. dies

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE/AP) – One of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, Al Unser Sr. died at age 82 after battling cancer for 17 years. Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Unser died at his home in Chama, New Mexico with his wife by his side.

Al’s oldest brother and three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser died in May while Bobby’s son, Bobby Unser Jr. died just six weeks after his father.

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FILE – Al Unser Jr., left, talks to his father, Al Unser, before practice at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)
FILE – Race driver Al Unser of Albuquerque, New Mexico sprays champagne around the crowd in the winner’s circle after winning the California 500 on Sunday, Sept. 3, 1978 in Ontario. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo/Brinch, File)
FILE – Four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, Al Unser, poses with the Borg-Warner Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Winner of this year’s Indy 500, Helio Castroneves, gathered with other four-time winners A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991) at the track. Castroneves won the race in 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2021. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)
FILE – Winner of this year’s Indy 500, Helio Castroneves, right, gathered with other four-time winners, from left, A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Castroneves won the race in 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2021. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)
FILE – Al Unser is congratulated by his mother after winning the 54th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. May 30, 1970. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – Formula 1 race car driver Al Unser is seen in 1993. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo, File)
FILE – Indy 500 champs (from left) A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser joke with the crowd as they stand along the pit wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 21, 1988. Foyt and Unser have each won the 500 four times, Mears have won twice, and Sullvian one. Mears, Sullvian and Unser will start the start from the race from the front row; Foyt has not yet qualified. (AP Photo, File)
File – Al Unser Jr., left, talks with his father Al Unser Sr., before the start of qualifications at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday, May 10, 2003. Al Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)
FILE – Pocono 500 drivers from left, Al Unser, his brother Bobby Unser and Johnny Rutherford share a light moment ahead of the race in Long Pond, Pa., in this June 24, 1979, file photo. Al Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – Al Unser in his Parnelli /VPJ (21) passes Tom Sneva’s McLaren/Cosworth (8) in first turn of first lap on Sunday, May 29, 1977, in Indianapolis 500-mile race. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo, File)
FILE – Al Unser, the defending champion, waves his arm in salute as he takes the checkered flag in his Johnny Lightning Special to win the 55th running of the Indy 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday, May 29, 1971. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo, File)
FILE – Al Unser (2), Tom Sneva (1) and Rick Mears (12) lead the field into the first turn of the first lap on the Indianopolis Motor Speedway Track at the 63rd annual Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, Ind., on May 27, 1979. Unser, one of only four drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 a record four times, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, following years of health issues. He was 82. (AP Photo, File)

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