Little Al upbeat over his new start

Al Unser Jr says he can't wait to return to the cockpit of his Indy Racing League car at Kentucky this weekend, just a few weeks after he was admitted to a substance abuse centre

Little Al upbeat over his new start

The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner entered rehab last month after being arrested on domestic violence charges. Unser Jr has missed two IRL races during his treatment, but was expected to stay away for longer.

"I am really thrilled about returning to racing this weekend," he said. "I'm prepared for the challenge of managing my life without alcohol. I know I need to take every day one day at a time, and I can do that with the support and help of others."

Kelley Racing owner Tom Kelley said: "We welcome back Al Unser Jr. I'm sure I can speak for everyone by saying that we are all glad to see him in good health. We admired his honesty in recognising his problem with alcohol, and his determination to do something about it. The physicians treating Al were very pleased with his progress at the treatment center and felt he was ready to resume his regular routine. I know he can't wait to get back into the Corteco/Bryant car."

Unser Jr added: "My recovery program didn't end earlier this week. No, that's just the beginning. I have a programme that I'm following today, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and the rest of my life. I was told by the doctors that once you're considered medically healthy and are taught how to better manage your lifestyle, the next phase of the recovery is getting back on track with your life."

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