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Johnny Unser (born October 22, 1958) is a former race car driver. He is the son of open wheel driver Jerry Unser, cousin of Al Unser, Jr. and Robby Unser, nephew of Al Unser and Bobby Unser, and first cousin once removed of Alfred Unser. Unser's father, Jerry, died in a racing accident when Unser was seven months old. He made 5 starts in CART in 1993 and 1994 with a best result of 15th. He joined the Indy Racing League in its inaugural 1996 season but had a transmission failure during the pace lap of what would've been his first Indianapolis 500 and was not credited with a race start. In 1997 he made his first start in the Indy 500 starting in the 35th position after League and Speedway owner Tony George added his and Lyn St. James' car to the field because slower cars than theirs were guaranteed starting positions because of prior races. He went on to finish 18th, his best "500" result in 5 starts. Unser drove the majority of his IRL races for Hemelgarn Racing and in his 14 career IRL starts he had a best finish of 9th in his very first series start in 1996 at Phoenix International Raceway. His last major open wheel race was the 2000 Indy 500.

John William Unser
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1958-10-22) October 22, 1958 (age 60)
Long Beach, California
Retired2001
Related toJerry Unser (father)
Al Unser (uncle)
Bobby Unser (uncle)
Al Unser, Jr. (cousin)
Robby Unser (cousin)
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active1996-2000
TeamsProject Indy
Byrd-Cunningham Racing
Hemelgarn Racing
Starts15
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish24th in 1996-1997
Previous series
1993-1994CART

On January 14 2008 Johnny Unser was named as the race director for the 2008 Champ Car Atlantic Championship.[1] He is currently a driver coach and adviser to the Mazda Road to Indy and racing adviser and spokesman for Cooper Tire. He is an official for Indycar in Race Control and is also the owner of Unser Racing, Karting and Entertainment track in Denver, Colorado..

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Racing recordEdit

American Open WheelEdit

(key)

CARTEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1993 Coyne  
SRF
 
PHX
 
LBH
 
IND
 
MIL
 
DET
 
POR
18
 
CLE
 
TOR
Ret
 
MIC
 
NHA
18
 
ROA
 
VAN
Ret
 
MDO
 
NAZ
 
LS
44th 0
1994 Coyne  
SRF
 
PHX
DNQ
 
LBH
DNQ
 
IND
 
MIL
DNQ
 
DET
 
POR
 
CLE
 
TOR
 
MIC
 
MDO
 
NHA
 
VAN
15
 
ROA
 
NAZ
 
LS
39th 0

IndyCarEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
1996 Project Indy  
WDW
 
PHX
9
 
INDY
33
24th 56
1996-1997 Project Indy  
NHM
DNQ
 
LVS
22
 
WDW
 
PHX
            24th 107
Hemelgarn          
INDY
18
         
LV2
19
Byrd-Cunningham            
TXS
10
 
PPIR
21
 
CLT
 
NH2
13
 
1998 Hemelgarn  
WDW
 
PHX
 
INDY
25
 
TXS
 
NHM
 
DOV
 
CLT
 
PPIR
 
ATL
 
TX2
 
LVS
40th 5
1999 Hemelgarn  
WDW
 
PHX
 
CLT
C
 
INDY
32
 
TXS
15
 
PPIR
13
 
ATL
13
 
DOV
 
PPI2
 
LVS
23
 
TX2
27th 57
2000 Indy Regency  
WDW
 
PHX
 
LVS
 
INDY
22
 
TXS
 
PPIR
 
ATL
 
KTY
 
TX2
41st 8

Indy 500 resultsEdit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1996 Reynard Ford-Cosworth 16th 33rd
1997 Dallara Infiniti 35th 18th
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 25th 25th
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 30th 32nd
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 30th 22nd

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Johnny Unser named Atlantic Race Director, TSN.ca, January 14, 2008

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