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UNSER INDUCTED INTO NEW HALL OF FAME

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Bobby Unser began his four decades of car racing by lying about his age, a lie accepted, he said, by winks from promoters who knew he was younger than the required 21.

"I had to lie a long time," said Unser, who was 15 when he first entered a career that brought him three victories in the Indianapolis 500.Unser also was first in line among 20 people inducted Wednesday night into the freshman class of the new International Motorsports Hall of Fame, which was being opened today adjacent to the Talladega Superspeedway, 45 miles east of Birmingham.

Also honored during a two-hour program televised by TNN were Junior Johnson, Smokey Yunick, Dan Gurney, Lee Petty, Buck Baker, Parnelli Jones, Juan Manuel Fangio, Bill France Sr., Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart, plus eight inducted posthumously - Sir Malcolm Campbell, Jim Clark, Mark Donohue, Graham Hill, Tony Hullman, Barney Oldfield, Fireball Roberts and Mickey Thompson.