Al Unser to be recognized at Legends Day this May

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Four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser will be recognized by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May, as 2015 marks 45 years since his first ‘500 win in 1970.

Unser, the 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987 ‘500 winner, will be honored at “Legends Day Honoring Al Unser presented by Firestone.”

“Fifty years ago I arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a rookie, drove for some remarkable teams, raced with my son and brother, drank the milk and my life was forever changed by this special place,” Unser said in a release. “I am honored to be named the 2015 Legend and look forward to seeing the race fans and being a part of the events leading up to the spectacular annual Indy 500 Race.”

Added IMS president Doug Boles, “One of the smartest and most competitive drivers in the history of auto racing, Al Unser’s amazing career as a driver places him among the greatest ever in his profession. Al has become an iconic figure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and is recognized worldwide as one of racing’s greatest ambassadors. We all look forward to honoring and thanking him for his endless contributions to our great sport during Legends Day on May 23.”

Unser, now 75, last competed in the race more than 20 years ago in 1993. A year prior, he finished third driving for John Menard in what was one of the Menard Buick V6’s best-ever races at the Speedway.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.