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Unser has newfound enthusiasm

Updated: August 6, 2002, 7:39 PM ET
By Jack Arute | ESPN.com

Al Unser Jr.'s eyes reflected both a steely determination and a peace when he answered my question. Was he an alcoholic?

"I am an alcoholic and I'm a grateful alcoholic," he said without hesitation. "I'm grateful for my health. I'm grateful for the understanding that I now have about a disease that I have."

Unser was released from 17 days of rehabilitation Monday night. He will return to the cockpit of his Corteco/Bryant-sponsored IRL car this weekend at Kentucky Speedway for ...

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