Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Police: Unser Jr. Facing DUI Charge

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Police: Unser Jr. Facing DUI Charge

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Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was been arrested on charges of drunken driving and reckless driving in New Mexico.

Bernalillo County sheriff's spokeswoman Jennifer Brown confirmed that the 49-year-old was arrested Thursday morning in Albuquerque, where he lives. Authorities said Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going over 100 mph.

He was charged with reckless driving and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Unser was released from jail on his own recognizance.

Unser, who is retired, won the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994.

CREW MEMBER SUSPENDED

NASCAR suspended a crew member for a Trucks Series team for violating its substance-abuse policy.

Michael McLaughlin, a licensed crew member for the No. 23 team in the Truck Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance-abuse policy.

McLaughlin also was found on Tuesday to have committed actions detrimental to stock-car racing.

In a statement, Joe Denette Motorsports said it stringently adheres to a zero-tolerance policy concerning substance abuse.

JDM has released McLaughlin and stands behind the actions taken by NASCAR.

KATIE KENSETH HURT

Katie Kenseth, the wife of Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, suffered a broken shoulder blade while practicing Monday for the Better Half Dash at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

She was driving a Legends car, getting ready for the Oct. 15 race among NASCAR wives and girlfriends to benefit the Speedway Children's Charities and Motor Racing Outreach.

Her bandolero car hit the pit road wall on the quarter-mile oval in the speedway's infield. Her husband was with her as they took her by ambulance to a local hospital.

Matt Kenseth wrote on his Twitter page: "That didn't turn out so well. Katie and I are home, she has a broken scapula and some bumps and bruises. Thanks for all the well wishes."

RED BULL RACING PLANNING LAYOFFS

Red Bull Racing already announced it wasn't returning next year as a car owner and sponsor in NASCAR. The energy-drink company from Austria took the first step toward closing its doors last week by filing a possible notice of layoffs to conform to the North Carolina Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. …

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