A moment in time with Al Unser Jr.

The Grand Marshal for this year’s Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival was none other than Al Unser Jr. He is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (1992 and 1994), a two-time CART IndyCar World Series Champion (1990 and 1994), a two-time IROC Series Champion (1986 and 1988), and the 1982 SCCA Can-Am Champion. These are just but a few of his racing highlights and achievements in an illustrious career.

I took this photograph at the 1986 Miami Grand Prix, which took place at Tamiami Park. It was just prior to the first practice session when I spotted him in the pits. He was just putting in his gloves. Afterwards he gave me a thumbs up! Unser Jr. went on to qualify 19th, and then won the race. 36 years later I was able to get him to sign it for me. It was worth the wait!


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