Al Unser manhandles the famed Johnny Lightning Ford dirt champ car around the Indiana State Fairgrounds en route to winning the 1971 running of the Hoosier Hundred. (John Mahoney photo)

Glory Days: Al Unser Doubles Down

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser ended a three-month drought by winning the prestigious Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Unser passed Mario Andretti for the lead on the third lap and held off seventh-starter George Snider by 5.3 seconds to claim the victory. However, Snider secured the USAC Dirt Championship with his runner-up effort.

It was the first of two victories on the weekend for Unser, who days later won the Wisconsin Governor’s Cup USAC Stock Car race at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Unser passed his brother, Bobby, with four laps remaining to grab the lead.

Point leader Roger McCluskey finished second, with Bobby Unser third.


This story appeared in the Sept.13 edition of the SPEED SPORT Insider.

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