Saturday, January 27, 2007

Al Unser Junior Finds Trouble Again

Have we seen the last of "Little Al" in a race car? Indy 2006 was supposed to be a grand return to the Speedway for the two-time 500 winner, but he never really looked competitive to me. And now, he's in trouble with the law again and seems to be battling John Barleycorn as well, based on news reports out of Nevada about his arrest for a hit & run incident on the highway and then failing field sobriety tests. Of course we know he's been there before, with an admission of alcohol related problems as far back as 2002, although last May he seemed in great spirits and living a sober life. Anyone that follows the 500 will remember Al's tearful victory lane comment in 1992 after holding off Scott Goodyear: "You just don't know what Indy means."

I personally hope he remembers what sobriety means before he hurts himself or someone else. This may yet be the toughest race Little Al has ever had to run. Here's hoping he gets the help he needs.


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