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April 15, 2009

Racing Royalty

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:07 pm

On slow days before racing weekends I ponder questions such as next generations of legendary families. The Andrettis seem set. Marco is carving out a nice career, and his dad and grandpa are in full support. That remains a very nice story and is great for the sport.

The Foyt family is also trying. Anthony has improved every year since he was thrown into the Indy Cars way too early, and he has made the most of it. The problem remains that owners of quality rides (with the possible exception of AGR part of the time and Roger Penske when the rare Mears or Hornish appears) simply do not routinely hire oval-centric American drivers. That unfortunate tendency helped kill cart back in the day. Anthony got one, count ‘em, ONE quality drive with AGR a couple of years back, and he did relatively well with the one shot.

unsersThe Unsers are synonymous with multi-generational racing excellence. Al and Bobby set Indy standards, and Al, Jr. continued the winning tradition. Al also excelled on any type of course, and is being honored this weekend at Long Beach. That one family has collected more Indy 500 wins than any in history. Same with Pikes Peak and the hill climb. Few people understand how difficult that actually is, but they owned the mountain for decades. For a while there was Micro Al, but the bloodline evidently became diluted. Could there be a Fet-Al in the works to continue the family legacy? bobbyunsermug1Let’s hope so. Al and Bobby are not getting younger, and both have had health problems. Part of my lifelong interest in the sport is intertwined with the participation by that family. They are royalty.

On my mini-vacation list is a trip to Albuquerque to visit the Unser family museum. Air fares are dirt cheap, and that makes such an excursion worthwhile. Plus, the wife likes to go to Santa Fe.


1 Comment »

  1. I totally agree with you John. We need to get all of the past big names in the race so we can pack IMS full of fans that know these names. If we have to, we can have some drivers change their names. Perhaps we can come up with a list of names to change them to. I’ll start the list with a few: Sneva, Johncock, Rutherford, and Mears.

    Comment by Disenfranchised cart Enthusiast Masquerading as Chris Paff — April 15, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

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