Jerry Unser (born November 15, 1932 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – died May 17, 1959 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana, USA) was an United States driver. He was killed while practicing for the 1959 Indianapolis 500.


Before Formula OneEdit

Unser raced in USAC Stock Car and later became the 1957 1957 USAC Stock Car champion. He was the older brother of drivers Bobby and Al Unser.


1958 Indianapolis 500 Accident

The first lap accident at the 1958 Indianapolis 500.

Unser competed in his first Formula One race in 1958 when he started the Indianapolis 500. He was unable to complete the race after being involved in a massive pile-up on the first lap and flipping over the outside wall. This is the same accident in which Pat O'Connor was fatally injured.


Unser again entered into the 1959 Indianapolis 500, but would not be able to compete because of a fatal accident during practice.


While practicing for the 1959 Indianapolis 500, Unser lost control of his car, causing it to spin and hit the wall in turn 4. The car was sent somersaulting down the front straight away and caught fire. Unser died of burns two weeks later in the hospital.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1958 Kurtis Kraft Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 NC Report
1959 Kurtis Kraft Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 2
Starts 1
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 0
Distance Raced 0 km (0 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos
1958 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy Flag of Morocco 0 NC
1959 Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Portugal Flag of Italy US flag 49 stars 0 NC

Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
ItalicsScored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols


External linksEdit

V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
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