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Bobby Unser funeral is set for Tuesday

Bobby Unser flashes a big smile as he is feted in the Victory Circle on May 30, 1968 in Indianapolis after winning the Indianapolis 500-mile Speedway race in record time. It was his first victory in the open-wheel classic. (Associated Press File)

A public funeral for race car legend and Albuquerque resident Bobby Unser will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel, 4001 Osuna Road NE, the family said Thursday.

Following the service, a gravesite interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE.

The family says flowers may go to French Funeral Home, 1111 University Blvd., and in lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity or organization of one’s choice in Unser’s name.

A three-time Indianapolis 500 champion – 20-year racing analyst on TV, and even an Emmy winner – Bobby Unser died Sunday in Albuquerque at age 87.

He was one of 10 drivers to win the 500 at least three times – brother Al is a four-time winner – and Bobby Unser and Rick Mears are the only drivers to win the 500 in three different decades.