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Motorcycle racing-Al Unser, four-time Indy 500 champion, dead at 82

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FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 3, 2008. The famous racecourse, known as the “Brickyard,” is the site of the annual Indy 500 car race. REUTERS / Jason Reed

December 10, 2021

(Reuters) – Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser has died at the age of 82 after a long illness, Indianapolis Motor Speedway said on Friday.

Unser is one of only four riders to win the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ award. His brother Bobby, a three-time winner, passed away in May.

They are still the only brothers to win the race.

Al Unser won in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987 while Bobby Unser won in 1968, 1975 and 1981.

“Rest in peace Al. A four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, an absolute master of the Brickyard and a gentleman,” said 3-time winner Dario Franchitti on Twitter.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Toby Davis)

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