Al Unser Sr. sped off and left the fastest field in the history of Phoenix International Raceway in winning the Dana 150 Indy-car race and moving past his son into the season CART-PPG point lead, 139-136, with one event left, Nov. 9 in Miami.
Pole starter Unser, 46, dominated the 150-lap race, beating second-place Al Unser Jr. by more than a lap on the one-mile Phoenix oval. Mario Andretti was third. Three caution flags kept the race from challenging the track record as Unser averaged 120.644 mph in earning $37,094. This was Unser's first victory of the season, career 38th but first since July 4, 1983. He broke a deadlock with Gordon Johncock for most victories at Phoenix, 7-6 . . .
And now Johncock, 49, says he's coming back for more. The 1973 and '82 Indianapolis 500 winner, whose retirement from the Indy-car circuit in May surprised the racing world, so declared in Phoenix before the Dana 150.
"I've been in racing 30 years and I found I miss it," said Johncock. He suffered severe ankle and leg injuries in crashes in 1983 and 1984, but said he's fine now, "I don't even think about my legs anymore."