Leo Mehl, executive director of
the Indy Racing League, made the announcement at the
Walt Disney Speedway that four time Indianapolis 500
winner Al Unser had become a driver coach and
consultant for the League, writes James Beckett.
1997, we will be dealing with new cars and engines, several
new tracks and some exciting new drivers." Mehl said,
"Al has raced and tested and won on oval tracks throughout
his career. His knowledge will be a tremendous asset,
not only to IRL and USAC, but to all the new teams and
drivers who are entering our new oval series.
with three-time Indy winner Johnny Rutherford, who will
drive the IRL Pace Car at race meetings, and four
time Indy winner and team owner AJ Foyt, I feel that
we have the best advisors available," Mehl
Albuquerque, New Mexico, followed Foyt to become the
second four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. He
won the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing' in 1970, 1971, 1978,
and 1987 driving over 4,000 laps of the 2.5 mile
track during his time as a racer.
with Leo is the key part," Unser said.
"It'll be good talking to the rookies and try
and answer any questions they want to ask, use my
experience to help them. I'll watch them, talk to
them, make sure they make the right decisions."