He was 82 years outdated and had been battling most cancers for the previous 17 years, based on the racing league.
Unser gained the Indianapolis 500 4 occasions, one among solely 4 racers in historical past to take action. IMS President J. Douglas Boles mentioned Unser additionally set a document for probably the most laps led within the Indy 500.
“He can be remembered as among the best to ever race at Indianapolis and we’ll all miss his smile, humorousness, and his heat, approachable character,” Boles mentioned in an announcement.
“An icon and hero to racing followers around the globe,” IMS mentioned in an announcement on Friday. “A history-making and beloved member of the #IMS household. 4-time #Indy500 winner Al Unser has handed away at age 82. Godspeed, racer.”
The most up-to-date four-time winner, Brazilian driver Hélio Castroneves, posted his personal tribute on Instagram early Friday morning.
“Descance em paz AL,” Castroneves mentioned, utilizing the Portugese expression for “relaxation in peace.”
Unser’s survivors embody his spouse Susan and son Al Unser Jr., who’s himself a two-time Indy 500 winner.