Bobby Unser Jr., second in Hill Climb 1977, dies at the age of 65 | Pikes Peak courier


Bobby Unser Jr., son of the legendary Indianapolis 500 and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion Bobby Unser Sr., died on June 13th.

He was 65.

His death follows his father’s death on May 2nd.

“The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is saddened by the sudden death of Bobby Unser Jr. and expresses our sincere condolences to the Unser family, friends and fans,” said a statement from Hill Climb.

Our Jr. followed a long line of famous family members who dominated the mountain. He competed from 1976 to 1983 on Pikes Peak in the Open Wheel Division.

In his rookie year he finished ninth in a field of almost 50 drivers with the traditional “Our number” 92.

The following year, the Albuquerque, NM, native finished second overall behind Bob Herring and followed with third place in 1978.

In 1985, Unser Jr. got into a rally car, a 1985 Pontiac Fiero. He finished fourth. France’s legendary driver Michèle Mouton was the overall winner.

In 2010, Unser Jr. made a surprise return to the Hill Climb as a spectator, saying he would like to return to America’s second oldest auto race as a driver. While he never raced as a driver again, he came back as a color commentator for the KRDO 1240-AM show in 2011.

“I love the mountain. I love this race, ”he said at the time.

While our Jr. never achieved the success of some of his other family members – Bobby Sr., Uncle Al, and cousin Al Jr. are all Indianapolis 500 champions – he has had nominal success as a stunt driver. His work included the hit TV show “Walker, Texas Ranger” from the 1990s, as well as various commercials.

Unser Jr.’s younger sister, Jeri, was named Hill Climb’s Rookie of the Year in 1998 and set a record for electric vehicles in 2003.


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