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Exclusive: 10 Questions with Robby Unser

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If it has wheels, there’s a good chance that Robby Unser has raced it.

The New Mexico native (pictured right) and a member of an American premier racing families is a nine-time Pikes Peak International Hillclimb winner and posted top-10 finishes in both of his starts in the Indianapolis 500. Unser was also the 1998 Indy Racing League rookie of the year.

Nowadays, Unser competes for Team Speedway with cousin Al Unser Jr. in the highly competitive Goodguys autocross circuit where in 2016 Robby captured the series championship.

The autocross competition features a low-speed, tight course marked off by a series of cones that drivers must negotiate. It requires incredible precision because if a driver misjudges a single corner, his or her run is essentially ruined. And with up to 60 cars per event, the competition is tight.

PopularOpenWheel.com caught up with Robby at the Goodguys Southeastern Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he’s racing this weekend.  Following are excerpts from our exclusive interview.

Tom Jensen is a veteran motorsports journalist. He spent 13 years with FOXSports.com, where he was Digital Content Manager. Previously, he was executive editor of NASCAR Scene and managing editor of National Speed Sport News. Jensen served as the president of the National Motorsports Press Association and is the group’s former Writer of the Year.