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Profession: Race car driver | Consultant
Date of Birth: 1951-12-03
Country: Wichita
Rick Mears Net Worth: Rick Mears is a retired American race car driver who has a net worth of $15 million. Rick Mears was born Rick Ravon Mears on December 3, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas. He is one of the few to make history in the world of car racing. Mears was a high school graduate when he first started competing in off-road races along with his brother Roger. In the late 1970s, he switched to Indy Car racing as he made his debut for the small Art Sugai team, driving an Eagle-Offenhauser. It was in 1978 that Maers was signed by Roger Penske to fill in when Mario Andretti was not racing in the Formula 1 circuit. In his rookie appearance at Indy, Mears not only managed to qualify on the front row, but also he was the first rookie to qualify over 200 mph. He has since built up an incredible racing resume. Today, he is one of the three racers who have won four times the Indianapolis 500 (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991), as well as he is still holding a record for pole positions in the race with six (1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991). What's more, Rick Mears is a three-time Indycar national champion (1979, 1981 and 1982). Even though retired from the sport, Mears is still working as a consultant to Penske Racing, the team with which he won all of his Indycar races. His enormous contributions to racing earned him a spot into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997, and then in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America one year later.
Rick Ravon Mears (born December 3, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas) is a retired American race car driver. He is one of three men to be four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500 (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991), and the current record-holder for pole positions in the race with six (1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991). Mears is also a three-time Indycar national champion (1979, 1981 and 1982).
Mears was raised in Bakersfield, California, and began his racing career in off-road racing. He switched to Indy Car racing in the late 1970s, making his debut for the small Art Sugai team, driving an Eagle-Offenhauser. His speed attracted the attention of Roger Penske. Although at the time Penske Racing had the services of Mario Andretti and Tom Sneva. Andretti was also racing in Formula One with Lotus at the time but Penske wanted another young driver who would focus exclusively on American racing. For 1978, Mears was offered a part-time ride in nine of the 18 championship races, filling in when Andretti was overseas. The arrangement also included a ride at the Indianapolis 500.
In his rookie appearance at Indy, Mears qualified on the front row, and was the first rookie to qualify over 200 mph. When the race began, Mears discovered his helmet was not strapped on tight enough and he had to pit to get it safely secured. He did not lead a lap and retired at 104 laps with a blown engine. He ended up sharing "Rookie of the Year" honors with Larry Rice. Two weeks later, at the Rex Mays 150, he won his first race. He added another win a month later at Atlanta and rounded off the year with his first road course win at Brands Hatch.
In 1979 the National Championship sanction changed from the USAC to CART. At Indianapolis he won his first "500", staying at the front of the field, taking advantage when Bobby Unser fell out of contention with mechanical trouble. Three wins and four second places in the eleven CART-eligible races won Mears his first championship. His worst finish in the season w

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The 5 closest finishes in Indianapolis 500 history

Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds, 1982: Johncock and Mears were the only two cars on the lead lap and they couldn't separate themselves from each other. Mears led 77 laps while Johncock led 57. Mears was able to close over the final lap and ...
Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:13 pm

Indy 500: Five favorites and a few more who can win Sunday's race (photos)

"To me all of that is ongoing and constant,'' four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears said. "You can start this race with one strategy in mind, but you better be ready to change it in two laps. "It's all about adapting, every corner and every lap.''
Posted: May 26, 2017, 7:15 am

12 Penske NASCAR Team News

four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton and Team Penske President Tim Cindric. Earlier in the program, longtime racing announcer Ken Squier, who was unable to attend, was presented with the Jim Hunter Memorial Media ...
Posted: December 2, 2017, 6:23 am
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