Johnny Unser

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John William Unser
Nationality American
Born (1958-10-22) October 22, 1958 (age 55)
Long Beach, California
Retired 2001
Related to Jerry Unser (father)
Al Unser (uncle)
Bobby Unser (uncle)
Al Unser, Jr. (cousin)
Robby Unser (cousin)
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 1996-2000
Teams Project Indy
Byrd-Cunningham Racing
Hemelgarn Racing
Starts 15
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 24th in 1996-1997
Previous series
1993-1994 CART

Johnny Unser (born October 22, 1958 in Long Beach, California) 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.

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.

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

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

IndyCar[edit]

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

Indy 500 results[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

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