The racing world lost one of its all-time greats over the weekend as legendary driver Bobby Unser passed away at 87.
Unser was a three-time winner of the Indy 500 and won 35 races between 1955 and 1982. He was the oldest of four brothers, all of whom went into racing during the 1950s.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Unser became a legend, was one of many organizations to pay tribute to Unser. They praised him for being “an icon” in racing who was adored by fans and admired for being so “funny and charming.”
“RIP to a LEGEND. Today, the racing world mourns the passing of three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser,” the organization said in a statement. “He was the total package – adored by fans, funny and charming, and a true champion. An icon, always remembered. Godspeed, racer.”
RIP to a LEGEND.
Today, the racing world mourns the passing of three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser. He was the total package – adored by fans, funny and charming, and a true champion.
An icon, always remembered.
Godspeed, racer. https://t.co/jVuwgXzdkN
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) May 3, 2021
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway were hardly the only ones to pay tribute to Unser. Racing icon Roger Penske released a heartfelt statement of his own on Unser and the impact he had on racing.
“Bobby was a true racer that raised the performance of everyone around him,” Penske said. “He was also one of the most colorful characters in motorsports. Throughout his time as a driver, a commentator and an ambassador of our sport, Bobby’s stories and his passion for racing were legendary. Our thoughts and condolences are with Lisa, the Unser family and Bobby’s many friends and fans during this difficult time.”
Today we remember the life and legacy of Bobby Unser. pic.twitter.com/TyV7cRQ7xH
— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) May 3, 2021
The motorsports world has lost an all-time great.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser has died at the age of 87. pic.twitter.com/R5P5FMqaOo
— IndyCar on NBC (@IndyCaronNBC) May 3, 2021
The 1st to win the “500” in 3 different decades, while finishing last in his 1st start and 1st in his last start.
One of racing’s most colorful, charismatic and engaging personalities. God Speed to Indy’s favorite Uncle.
Bobby Unser. Legend. pic.twitter.com/kxKL880Z5w
— Jake Query (@jakequery) May 3, 2021
Among the many accolades Unser received are induction into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
Our hearts go out to Mr. Unser’s family and loved ones.
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