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Mears, Rick

Born: 1951 AD
Currently alive, at 63 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Race Drivers


1951 - Born on the 3rd of December in Wichita, Kansas.

1970 - He switched to Indy Car racing, making his debut for the small Art Sugai team, driving an obsolete Eagle-Offenhauser.

1978 - Mears was offered a drive in nine of the eighteen championship races, including the Indianapolis 500.

1979 - The National Championship sanction changed from the USAC to Championship Auto Racing Teams, and Mears emerged as the driver to beat.

1980 - Mears had tested a Formula One Brabham.

1981 - Mears at the top of his game, both in terms of speed and consistency.

1982 - Indianapolis 500 he came within 0.16 of a second of adding a second Indy win.

1983 - The Penske team would acquire the famous yellow colours of Pennzoil but a recalcitrant chassis meant the team had to rely on consistency over speed.

1990 - Fittipaldi joined Mears at Penske, but the year belonged to Al Unser, Jr., who scored six wins.

1991 - In August, at Michigan he won his last race.

1992 - He raced only another four times and announced his retirement from driving at the Penske team's Christmas party.

1997 - He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

1998 - He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

2007 - Rick Mears continues to work as a consultant to Penske racing, the team with which he won all of his Indycar races.


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