One of the greatest racers of all-time and one of the voices for many classic CART races in the 1990s has died. Bobby Unser passed away Sunday at the age of 87 in his New Mexico home due to natural causes.

The Unser family has been synonymous with American auto racing since the 50s, most notably making their mark at the Indianapolis 500 and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, oth carrying their own levels of danger. Bobby was a three-time (1968, 1975, and 1981) Indy 500 champion, and along with brother Al’s four and nephew Al Jr’s two, the nine wins by the family is the most for any family at Indy. At Pikes Peak, Bobby was a 10-time Pikes Peak overall winner.

After retiring, Bobby went into broadcasting where he was one of the main voices of CART and IRL races (post open-wheel split) throughout the 90s. The ABC/ESPN trio of Paul Page, Sam Posey, and Unser remain a memorable broadcasting team all these years later thanks in part to Posey’s and Unser’s banter and their constant disagreements with each other. Unser’s participation on the 1989 and 1990 Indy 500 broadcasts earned him a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Special in two consecutive years.

Many within the racing community paid tribute to Unser, including a rather touching tribute from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that chronicled Bobby’s life.

Our thoughts go out to Unser’s family and friends.

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