INDIANAPOLIS – team release — IMS photo — Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. has joined KV Racing Technology as a driver coach for the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Unser, 52, who retired from competitive racing in 2007, had had one of the most distinguished careers in the history of American open-wheel racing. In more than a quarter of a century at the highest level of competition he started 329 races, earning 34 career wins (sixth on the all-time list) including victories at the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994 and national championships in 1990 and 1994.
“I am very pleased to announce that Al Jr. will be working with the team during the month of May as a driver coach,” said KVRT co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “Obviously, Al brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the team and will be a huge asset. You don’t win the Indianapolis 500 twice and come from a family that has won it nine times without figuring out a few things that the other guys haven’t.”
“First and foremost I want to thank Kevin Kalkhoven, Jimmy Vasser and Steve Moore for this opportunity,” said Unser, who made his first IndyCar start in 1982 and drove for owners like Roger Penske, Rick Galles, Doug Shierson, U. E. Patrick, Gerald Forsythe and A. J. Foyt. “I think everyone knows how I feel about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to be able to come back with the defending champions and try and help them repeat means a lot to me. I am just very thankful for this chance to work with the team’s drivers and hopefully I can contribute in a meaningful way.”
Unser comes from one of motorsports greatest racing families. It includes his father Al Unser, a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Uncles Bobby Unser, a three-time Indy 500 winner and Jerry Unser, plus cousins Robby and Johnny Unser.