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Al Unser Jr. : a checkered past  Cover Image Book Book

Al Unser Jr. : a checkered past / Al Unser Jr., as told to Jade Gurss ; with a foreword by Roger Penske.

Unser, Al, Jr., (author.). Gurss, Jade, (author.). Penske, Roger, 1937- (writer of foreword.).

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  • ISBN: 9781642340457
  • ISBN: 1642340456
  • Physical Description: xiii, 302 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: Edition 1.0.
  • Publisher: Austin, Texas : Octane Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
It's not cheating - Karting with Elvis - Bobby Jr. - 63 and 16 - Shelley - Sons of Albuquerque - Uplifting and depressing - I wasn't blocking - Making Dad proud - The dominoes fall - Guardrails and #@!%̂* Larry Nuber - One point - The good ol' boys - Shiny wheels - Randomly selected - My talk with Mario - Thumbs up? - Champion - Two Al Juniors - The galmer - You just don't know what Indy means - A test of character - Nascar - The call - Roger has a secret - I'm lucky - It's a big family - Wonderful - No secrets - The ultimate fear - Dead man walking - The split - Separation - Pain - A new league - Physically and mentally fit - Arrested development - Going downhill - Blank uniform, blank future - Back home again - The wrong guy - Sharing love songs - Faith - Redemption - Index.
Summary, etc.:
Winning came naturally to Al Unser Jr. Born into a racing family, he had a gift for finding the fast line on the track. By the time he was nine years old, he could draw the quickest way through the corner on paper and intuitively apply his sketch while on the go-kart track. By his teen years, the innate sense for the fast way made him unstoppably quick when he was racing through the woods on a snowmobile, on a dirt track, in a sprint car, or on a race course. As his career progressed from the kart track victories to following in the footsteps of his famed uncle, Bobby, and father, Al, the wins grew in stature from junior titles to the very top echelon of his sport. Two Indy 500 victories. A pair of IndyCar championships. In addition, Unser was not just a winning driver--he also possessed a boisterous and lovable personality. The fans and the press adored him. Al Unser Jr. was on top of the world. A Checkered Past tells that story--but it doesn't stop there. His gifts as a driver and his easy affability were the public persona. Behind the scenes, his appetite for drugs and alcohol were destroying his private life. Spurred on by his spiraling substance abuse problem, his marriage turned volatile. When he retired as a driver, the trouble amplified. Domestic violence arrests. Multiple DUIs. Repeated visits to rehab centers. Divorce. Financial ruin. A dark dive into depression and isolation that led to a suicide attempt. Unser's battle to climb out of that cave is one of the great stories in motorsports. A Checkered Past is an unblinking look at how even our most celebrated sports heroes struggle with human frailty. Turn the page, and you'll discover an inspirational story of triumph, tragedy, and the road to recovery. - From back cover.
Subject: Unser, Al, Jr.
Automobile racing drivers > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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