“The weapon was heavy… The tip of the barrel was cold on my skin. It was April 19, 2012. I decided to kill myself on my fiftieth birthday.
So reads part of the electrifying preface to legendary racecar driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr.’s new book, “Al Unser Jr: A Checkered Past,” a story of extraordinary successes but also depths of failure, as bestselling author Jade Gurss tells it.
As Indianapolis counts down to 106and unfolding of the famous race, the legendary racing driver’s book covers the triumphs but does not stop there.
No name is more synonymous with Indy 500 than Unser. The Unser family has won the historic race nine times!
Born into this most prominent racing family, Al Unser Jr. had a natural knack for going fast, winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994.
Unser shares deeply personal stories about his high-profile life away from the race track and his mental health struggles. His fight to emerge from the darkness is one of the great stories of motorsport.
Today, as Indianapolis counts down to the 106th running of the famed Indy 500, Al Unser Jr. has survived and is fighting for redemption as his life and faith take new paths. He joined us on Wednesday on “La vie. Style. Live!” to share more of her story.