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Retired race car driver Al Unser Jr. makes pit stop in Evansville

2-time Indy 500 winner stopped by Victory Theater for book signing on Saturday
Retired race car driver Al Unser Jr. makes pit stop in Evansville
Published: Feb. 17, 2022 at 3:22 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Retired American race car driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. paid a visit to Evansville on Saturday.

Unser Jr. held a book signing at the Victory Theater for his new biography, “Al Unser Jr: A Checkered Past.”

Unser Jr. won a number of championships in open-wheel racing. In 2007, the racing legend was inducted into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. He was then inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame America two years later.

He writes about his life away from the track, including his struggles with mental health and drug addiction, and how he beat it.

“It’s an autobiography about my life professionally and personally,” Unser Jr. said. “And on the personal side, my issues with substance abuse disorder and so on, and I hope it reaches a lot of people.”

Unser Jr.’s wife Norma is from Evansville, so it makes this first stop pretty special.

“To meet a lot of her friends and so on and so. She took advantage of the book signing and her hometown and we’ve been newly married,” Unser Jr. said. “So, I’m here to meet the whole family I guess.”

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