Three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser dies at 87

24 Nov 2021 | 08:46

On Sunday, racing champion Bobby Unser died in his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico of natural causes at the age of 87. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway made the announcement on Monday.

Unser was a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, taking victory at the iconic race in 1968, 1975 and 1981 and is part of the only pair of brothers to ever win that race. Just ten drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 three times and only two have won in three decades, Unser and Rick Mears.

Team Penske released a statement, offering condolences to his family and reflecting on his career:

“There simply was no one quite like Bobby Unser. Bobby was a ferocious competitor on the track and his larger-than-life personality made him one of the most beloved and unique racers we have ever seen … Bobby was a tru raced that raised the performance of everyone around him. He was also one of the most colorful characters in motorsports.”

Unser won his last Indy 500 driving a Roger Penske-owned car.

Unser spent time in the Air Force from 1953 to 1955 before going back to racing full time and continuing what would be a storied career in the sport. Following his time on the track, Unser joined moved into the broadcast booth.

He comes from a racing family, with his younger brother Al winning “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” four times, one of only three drivers with that accomplishment. Al’s son, Al Unser Jr., is also won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994. Six of his family members have raced in the Indy 500.

Superstar Racing Experience at Slinger Speedway odds, picks: SRX Series predictions from proven model
SportsLine simulated Saturday’s SRX Series at Slinger Speedway race 10,000 times and locked in surprising picks
By CBS Sports Staff
Jul 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET
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Tony Stewart’s Superstar Racing Experience has already produced some incredible finishes on some of America’s most unheralded tracks. Now the Camping World SRX Series will descend upon Slinger Speedway in Slinger, Wis., on Saturday for some of the fastest quarter-mile racing you’ll ever see. Slinger bills itself as the “World’s Fastest Quarter Mile Oval” thanks to a 9.908-second lap by Jeff Bloom back in 2010 and racing legends have commonly made the pilgrimage to test their speed on the steeply-banked asphalt oval.

One of Stewart’s all-time greatest rivals, Matt Kenseth, has won the Slinger Nationals on eight occasions, and Stewart would love to grab a signature win of his own at Kenseth’s stomping grounds. Kenseth won’t be in the field so Stewart is the 3-2 favorite in the SRX Series at Slinger odds from SportsLine with other contenders including Greg Biffle (5-2), Ernie Francis Jr. (3-1) and Bobby Labonte (4-1). The green flag for SRX Series at Slinger will drop at 8 p.m. ET and will air live on CBS. It can also be streamed on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.

Before searching the Camping World SRX Series at Slinger starting lineup and making any Superstar Racing Experience predictions, be sure to see the latest SRX Slinger picks from SportsLine’s proven projection model.

Developed by daily Fantasy pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary prediction model simulates every race 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as track history and recent results.

In the 2021 season, McClure nailed Martin Truex Jr. to win at Martinsville for a strong 3-1 payout. The model also nailed Kyle Larson winning the NASCAR All-Star Race at 5-2 and hit Larson again at the Ally 400 for another 5-2 payout. Then last week it struck once more, nailing Chase Elliott to win at Road America for another 5-2 return. Anyone who has followed its lead on those plays has seen huge returns.

The model also called Stewart winning at Knoxville and then called him winning again the following week at Eldora. Now it has dialed in on the SRX Slinger Showdown and released its projections. Head to SportsLine to see the complete projected SRX Series at Slinger leaderboard.

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Top Camping World SRX Series at Slinger Speedway predictions
One surprise: the model is high on Labonte, who is going off at 4-1 in the latest SRX Series at Slinger odds 2021. He’s a target for anyone looking for a solid payday. The 57-year-old was a NASCAR Cup Series champion in 2000 and he was a 21-time Cup winner during an impressive Cup career that spanned 25 seasons.

Labonte has two second-place heat finishes already this season and is coming off his best feature run of the season, finishing second behind Ernie Francis Jr. last week at Lucas Oil Raceway. Labonte is still competitive despite his age and a win at Slinger is certainly within the realm of possibility despite the fact that he’s tied for fourth favorite in a field of 12 for Saturday.

And a massive shocker: Biffle, one of the favorites at 5-2, stumbles and doesn’t finish in the top five. There are far better values in this loaded Superstar Racing Experience field. The 51-year-old has 19 NASCAR Cup Series wins to his name, finishing as high as second in the standings back in 2005.

However, after winning the first heat in the first race of the season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Biffle ran last in the following heat and then couldn’t best local legend Doug Coby in the feature race. This will be Biffle’s first race back in an SRX Series car since Stafford and the unfamiliar, steeply-banked asphalt oval could be a tough challenge after a month off.

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The model is also targeting another long shot to make a serious run at winning it all. Anyone who backs this driver could hit it big. You can see all of the model’s Camping World SRX Series picks over at SportsLine.