I feel like I would be remiss if I did not at least briefly address Al Unser, Jr.’s indefinite suspension from INDYCAR. It’s a reminder that our heroes are human, and that they have their demons to battle the same as all of us. It’s sad and disappointing, but it’s also reality. These legends aren’t bronze statues, and turning a blind eye to their problems or trivializing them instead of recognizing their accomplishment in light of these struggles, does them a grave disservice.
While I agree with INDYCAR’s suspension, above all else I simply hope he finds the help he needs. Little Al isn’t just that driver who found a way to win the Indy 500 twice, or someone working Race Control. He’s a man with people who care about him, and who he affects in turn. He’ll be in my thoughts and prayers through the rest of the season and beyond.