On the cool-off
lap Al Unser Jr., who had survived a fire in his pits and finished fourth
behind rookie Fabrizio Barbazza, pulled alongside his dad and gave him a
thumbs-up. It was Al Jr. whom Al Sr. had edged for his most recent points
championship in 1985.
" Al Unser
just knows how to win a race," said Penske afterward. "The only time I
ever saw him make a mistake was once when he was leading a race and pulled out
of the pits and banged the pit wall. That's the only time. He stays out of
trouble. Just look at his career. You don't win this thing four times because
you don't know what's going on."
this was the sixth 500 win for Penske, the most for any owner in Indy history,
one might say the same about him. It can't be forgotten, of course, that at the
beginning of the month Unser was unemployed. And come to think of it, which Al
certainly does, he's out of work again. Interested employers can find him at
the top of the list in the Brickyard history book.