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Rick Mears Biography

From Off-road Champion To Indy Champion, Dominated Racing In The 1980s, Chronology, Respected By His PeersCONTACT INFORMATION


American race car driver

Rick Mears dominated Indy car racing in the 1980s. He won a total of twenty-nine Indy car races for Team Penske, seven of which were on road courses instead of oval tracks. He won the coveted pole position forty times and he drove more miles during that decade than any other driver. Most impressively Mears won a record number of pole positions in 500-mile races, including six at the prestigious Indianapolis 500 race. Mears was also the Indianapolis 500 champion four times, tying two other drivers for the most wins at the Brickyard. Mears was named "Driver of the Decade" by the Associated Press for winning twenty races during the 1980s. After retiring in 1992 Mears continued to work for Roger Penske as a driving coach and adviser.


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