The Info List - Jerry Unser

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Jeremy Michael Unser Jr. (November 15, 1932 – May 17, 1959) was an American racecar driver. He was the 1957 USAC Stock Car champion. Jerry was the first of the Unser family to compete at Indianapolis. In his only start, in 1958, he was caught up in a 13-car pileup on the first lap and flew over the turn three wall, miraculously emerging unhurt. He died in a practice crash before the 1959 Indianapolis 500, leaving behind a widow, Jeanne Unser, and two sons, Jerry and Johnny Unser. His brothers Al and Bobby and his nephew Al Jr. have won the "500". His son Johnny and nephew Robby have also competed in the race.


1 Indianapolis 500 results 2 World Championship career summary

2.1 Complete Formula One World Championship results

3 Death 4 References 5 External links

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

Year Car Start Qual Rank Finish Laps Led Retired

1958 92 24 142.755 23 31 0 0 Crash T3

Totals 0 0

Starts 1

Poles 0

Front Row 0

Wins 0

Top 5 0

Top 10 0

Retired 1

World Championship career summary[edit] The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Jerry Unser participated in 1 World Championship race but scored no World Championship points. Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit] (key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points

1958 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser L4 ARG MON NED 500 31 BEL FRA GBR GER POR ITA MOR NC 0

1959 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser L4 MON 500 DNQ NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA

NC 0

Death[edit] On May 2nd, 1959, on the second day of qualifying for the 1959 Indianapolis 500, Unser lost control of his car coming out of turn 4 on a practice lap. The car hit the wall after spinning, then went end over end down the front straightaway, leaving behind a trail of parts. The car burst into flames as a result. Track officials estimated his speed just before the accident to be about 133 mph. He was conscious during his rescue, yelling "My legs are on fire. Call my wife." Before he could be pulled from the vehicle, the fire had to be put out. Unser was taken to Methodist Hospital with a broken neck and 3rd degree burns over both legs and one arm. In critical condition, he suffered burns over 35 percent of his body, and was in a coma. Unser died from his injuries and pneumonia two weeks later on May 17th, 1959. Following the accident, it became mandatory for drivers to wear fire-resistant driving suits. Most drivers already wore the suits, but some drivers at the time wore t-shirts.[1][2][3] References[edit]

^ "Driver Jerry Unser Dies of Crash Burns (May 18, 1959)". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017.  ^ "Indy 500 deadly accidents, 1959, Jerry Unser". indymotorspeedway.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017.  ^ "Unser Racing Museum - Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico". www.unserracingmuseum.com. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 

External links[edit]

Jerry Unser Jr. at Find a Grave

Preceded by Stuart Lewis-Evans Formula One fatal accidents May 17, 1959 Succeeded by Bob Cortner

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The Unser family tree

Jerry Unser, Sr. (1899-1967)

Mary Catherine "Mom" Unser (1906-1975)

Louis "Uncle Louie" Unser (1896-1979)

Jerry Unser Jr. (1932-1959)

Louie Unser (1932-2004)

Bobby Unser (b. 1934)

Al Unser, Sr. (b. 1939)

Johnny Unser (b. 1958)

Robby Unser (b. 1968)

Al Unser Jr. (b. 1962)

Mary Unser Tanner (1959-2009)

Al Richard Unser (b. 1982)

Jason Tanner (b. 1981)


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