Bobby Unser, the 39-year-old racing driver from Albuquerque, set a track record of nearly 142 miles-an-hour (228 kph), and then went on to win the Phoenix 150 race by a four-second margin--despite a slow and slippery track--on March 18, 1972.
SV Cars being prepared in pits--(Unser in No. 6)
SV His brother Al in car No. 4
GV Start of race
SV Cars racing down straight and into bend
GV Showing Bobby Unser in pits and leaving (3 shots)
GV Marc Donahue's car off track (2 shots)
LV Donahue walks from crashed car (2 shots)
GV Showing Bobby Unser passing finishing post
CU Bobby Unser speaks to reporter
CARS IN PITS AND SPECTATORS: START OF RACE AND CARS AWAY: UNSER IN PITS AND LEAVING: CAR OFF TRACK AND UNINJURED DRIVER WALKING AWAY: UNSER PASSING FINISHING POINT: UNSER INTERVIEWED.
"Thirty-nine year-old Bobby Unser of Albuquerque set a track record of nearly 142 miles-an-hour to get the forward position. His younger brother, Al, and five other drives bettered the old record. The 24 cars that started made up what could have been the fastest field in championship history.
"Bobby Unser led virtually the entire race with the exception of two pit stops, one shown here.
"There were no serious accidents. But a few spin-outs, this one involving veteran Marc Donahue, who held the lead for a short time, as did Mike Mosley. A series of minor accidents and blown engines brought out the yellow caution flag five times for 45 laps--making the track slippery and slow. The last yellow was out from lap 125 to lap 147.
"Boby Unser went on to record a narrow four-second win over Mario Andretti. Unser's average speed was a shade under 103 miles an hour.
"Mike Mosely was third, followed by Gary Bettenhausen and Joe Leonard. After the race, Unser talked about his pit stops:
UNSER: "Early in the race, I'd got slippery also, and I should have had them change the tyres... and I didn't...and...we had to come back in and change them later on, which of course, if we hadn't we wouldn't have won the race."
Initials BB/2355 SH/AW/BB/0047
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Bobby Unser, the 39-year-old racing driver from Albuquerque, set a track record of nearly 142 miles-an-hour (228 kph), and then went on to win the Phoenix 150 race by a four-second margin--despite a slow and slippery track--on March 18, 1972.
Unser's average speed was a shade under 103 miles-an-hour (166 kph). Hard on his heels was Mario Andretti, Formula One All-time Grand Prix winner.
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