Al Unser Discusses IndyCar Triple Crown
“I remember the Pocono race in 1978 and we gambled by not changing tires,” Unser explained. “We took a big chance and it paid off. You never know for sure until that dang checkered flag falls who’s going to win. I got a ring that said I was the Triple Crown winner and USAC gave the team $10,000, I think… you’d have to check. But I know for sure we didn’t get a million dollars. I am positive about that!”
Unser is happy that Kanaan took the Indy 500 checkered flag this year after so many close calls.
“I think Tony’s a good racer, a real good racer,” Unser said. “I’m an old-timer and I thought he was going to be another Lloyd Ruby and just keep racing and racing at Indy and never get to drink the milk or get his photo with the Borg-Warner trophy in Victory Lane. He knew the Speedway didn’t owe him anything like the announcers said it did. He won based on his talent, his racing skills and the team’s hard work.”
Kanaan is now set in his quest for another Triple Crown win in his No. 11 Sunoco “Turbo” Chevrolet when the green flag drops this Sunday (July 7) at 12:15 p.m. EDT. The 160-lap Pocono 400 will be televised live on ABC-TV.
If Kanaan can win all three major events in 2013, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka will present him $1 million at Fontana. If Kanaan or another driver wins two of the three big races, Fuzzy’s will present a check for $250,000 to the driver.
Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka unveiled the “Fuzzy’s Triple Crown” Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. The “Fuzzy’s Triple Crown” Trophy was designed by Jostens, a famous award manufacturer.
The previous “Triple Crown” included 500-mile races at Indianapolis, Pocono and Ontario, Calif., from 1971- 1980 and from 1981-1989 at Indy, Pocono and Michigan.