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From the archive: The confusing aftermath of Unser's 1981 Indy win

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, who passed away on Sunday aged 87, is one of only two drivers ever to win the great American race across three different decades. But his final win in 1981 came amid much controversy, as the day after the race he was docked a lap for passing several cars exiting the pitlane under caution. Here's what Autosport made of one of the most divisive 500s in its history, in an article originally published on 4 June 1981.

From the archive: When Little Al showed his F1 credentials

The high-profile IndyCar to Formula 1 move of the early 1990s came when Michael Andretti joined McLaren for 1993. But two years earlier, his main rival had enjoyed a successful test with Williams at Estoril and harboured ambitions of a switch himself, as he told Autosport in the 28 November 1991 issue

How the F1 calendar lost one of its best races

It used to be a favourite on the F1 calendar, but the Long Beach GP is now one of the leading IndyCar events. In a new book, a former Autosport American correspondent explains how it happened

NASCAR Gold: 1998 Daytona 500 Plus

NASCAR Gold: 1998 Daytona 500

AUTOSPORT relives the great races of the past. On February 19, 1998, 46-year-old Dale Earnhardt ended a 59-race losing streak with his first Daytona 500 victory, at the 20th attempt

From the archives: 1990 Daytona 24 Hours Plus

From the archives: 1990 Daytona 24 Hours

Tom Walkinshaw's pair of V12 Jaguars dominated the 1990 Daytona 24 Hours. After a tussle with the Brabham/Robinson Nissan, the naturally aspirated Big Cats destroyed their turbocharged opposition