Currently alive, at 66 years of age.
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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.