My Formula 5000
USAC’s National Champion in 1974 and 1968, USAC’s National
Champion in 1974 and 1968, Indianapolis 500 winner in “68, the 1974-
75 International Race of Champions title holder and 1974 American
Driver of the Year - just a few of the highlights in Bobby Unser’s
career. It was only natural for Bobby to start racing at the age of 15 -
his father, two uncles and two brothers were in the same business and
another brother, Al, followed suit. He won New Mexico’s modified stock
car championship at age 16, repeating the title the next year. In 1956,
Bobby won the Championship division of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb for
the first time, and after a fifth place finish in 1957, has become a
legend on the “Hill” - nine Championship wins, one in the sports car
class and two in stock cars, the most recent recorded last year. He still
holds the record time up the 14,000 foot mountain in all three classes.
In 1963, Bobby joined USAC but his first Championship win was not
until 1967. He started the 1968 season by winning four of the first five
Championship races, including Indy, and went on to win his first
national title. In all, Bobby has won 21 USAC Championship Trail
events, placed second 20 times and finished third on a dozen
occasions. Bobby also has experience on road courses having
competed in USAC road racing events, a U.S. Grand Prix and last year
(1974) in the Formula 5000 Championship finale at Riverside where he
won one heat race and led the first few laps of the feature before
engine failure put him out of competition. He has been a member of
Dan Gurney’s All American racers team since 1971.
Bobby Unser
Profile 1974
Residents, Albuquerque, NM
Born February 20, 1934