RACER: Ribbs, Unsers form new team
December 22, 2016
Per Racer.com - By: Marshall Pruett - Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr., Trans-Am legend Willy T. Ribbs and former Indy Racing League standout Robby Unser have formed the "Unser Ribbs Unser Racing Team" to participate in next year's Trans Am championship.
The trio, who became fast friends while competing at the SVRA vintage racing event held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (pictured above), made the decision while touring to promote the Brickyard Invitational arranged by series CEO Tony Parella.
“It started a few years ago with the three of us doing radio and TV appearances and got to kicking the idea around," Ribbs (pictured, right, with Robby Unser) told RACER. After Parella purchased a stake in the Trans Am series in August, the decision to unite under the URU banner was made”
"We called Tony and said that now he's going to be the Bernie Ecclestone of Trans-Am, we wanted to join in," Ribbs continued. "This has a lot to do with Tony buying into the series; we know his ambitions and with his acquiring a stake in the series, we're confident in where he'll take the series and want to be a part of it."