Al Unser, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, died Thursday at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 82.
Unser’s son, AJ, announced his father’s death, which was confirmed by Yahoo! Sports.
“In truth, Al Unser Jr. was the epitome of good ol’ boy sentiment,” AJ Unser told Yahoo! Sports. “He was a gentleman, and family above all else. But everyone knew the guy could race.”
An Albuquerque native, Unser moved to Albuquerque when he was 20. He became the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 when he was in his 22nd race in 1967. It was the first of two in a row that year for the then-23-year-old Unser. In his third win in 1972, Unser became the youngest driver to win the 500 at the age of 24.
Unser won in his fourth career Indy 500. In 1979, he retired from racing after a second consecutive 200-mph race at Edmonton. While the fans gave him a roaring sendoff, Unser spent the rest of his career as a television analyst.
He was inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in 1985 and retired after the 1991 Indy 500.
Unser finished an impressive 3rd in this year’s Grand Prix of Baltimore.