Two time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr has confirmed that he is no longer part of the Harding Steinbrenner Racing NTT IndyCar Series team. The Mike Harding led team entered into a partnership with George Michael Steinbrenner VI ahead of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.
Unser Jr remained with the team for the 2019 season serving as a driver coach to Colton Herta and also a team advisor.
Unser Jr who has well documented problems with alcohol was arrested for OWI and as a result missed the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. At the time of his arrest Harding Steinbrenner Racing tweeted:
The entire Harding Steinbrenner Racing organisation is saddened to learn of Al Unser Jr on an OWI charge. Alcoholism is a disease and a continuing battle for those struggling with it. At the time we do support Al in anyway that he needs. All additional questions should be directed to Al’s legal counsel James H Voyles.
On Tuesday, Al Unser Jr took to Facebook to say:
I’ve been released from Harding/Steinbrenner Racing. I would like to Thank Mike Harding for the Great opportunity and I want to wish the team the Best of Luck in the future!