Thursday, March 16, 2017

Louis Unser Born In Madison County, Illinois - Mar. 16, 1896

Mar. 16, 1896 Oct. 18, 1979
Louis Unser
Born in Madison County, Illinois, USA.
Louis was the uncle of the late Jerry Unser, Jr who died May 17, 1959 of injuries received in a practice accident while preparing for his second Indianapolis 500, Louis J. Unser, race car driver and master engine builder, four time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Sr and three time Indianapolis 500 winner, Bobby Unser. Great uncle of two time Indianapolis 500 winner, Al Unser, Jr, five time Indianapolis 500 starter Johnny Unser, two time Indianapolis 500 starter Robby Unser and the now retired Bobby Unser, Jr who competed in Sprint Cars, Formula Vees and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.

 Louis won the Pikes Peak Hillclimb 9 times between 1934 and 1953. He died on Oct. 18, 1979, He is buried in Manitou Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pike's Peak. His epitaph reads "Old Man of the Mountain.

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