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AL UNSER JR: A CHECKERED PAST

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.

With a Foreword by Roger Penske.

RACER

John Andretti’s life was driven by family and fueled by a passion for racing. In Racer, Andretti candidly recounts how these powerful forces shaped a diverse professional driving career. The honesty and character that defined Andretti’s life offer a behind-the-scenes look at racing at all levels full of lessons in racing and life supplied by this fiery and fiercely competitive driver.  

John is a wonderful storyteller, and the book is comprised of a series of John’s stories as told to bestselling author Jade Gurss (BeastIn the RedDriver #8). The book opens with John’s memories of growing up as a member of auto racing’s famous family. His father, Aldo, is the twin brother of Mario Andretti. The book offers an intimate look at the interplay between these two men, and how their intensity and integrity shaped John’s life.

John was one of the world’s most versatile race car drivers, and Racer includes John’s remembrances of scoring wins in the NASCAR Cup series, IndyCar, IMSA sports car racing, and in sprint cars and midgets on dirt ovals across the country. He also tells about his experience winning the 24 Hours of Daytona, competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and even his colorful venture racing an NHRA Top Fuel dragster.

The powerful narrative includes John’s substantial charity work, and the story of how he contracted colon cancer at age 53 and turned his affliction into a public awareness campaign.

Racer is an intimate look at racing at the highest levels as well as life lessons from one of the world’s most celebrated motorsports family.

Ten percent of the publisher's proceeds from your purchase of Racer will be donated to Riley Children's Foundation, the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the founding organization that opened Riley Hospital in 1924. Today, Riley Hospital is recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation and is the only comprehensive children’s hospital in the state of Indiana. The charitable Race for Riley was initiated by John Andretti and Dave Wilson in 1997 and since then has raised more than $4.8 million for the Riley Children's Foundation.
 

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Product details

Title: Al Unser Jr: A Checkered Past and Racer
Pages:
576 pages
ISBN-13: 9781642341126
Publisher: Octane Press
Publication date: Monday, October 18, 2021
Product Dimensions:
6 × 9 × 2 in
Retail Price:
$70.00
Author: Jade Gurss
Co-Author: Al Unser, Jr.