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Rick Mears

Rick Mears, 1986, Montreal. Copyright Francois Belley (www.photoF1.com), 2010. Used with permission.

Rick Mears, 1986, Montreal. Copyright Francois Belley (www.photoF1.com), 2010. Used with permission.

Rick Mears, Indianapolis 500, 11th May 2008. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Rick Mears, Indianapolis 500, 11th May 2008. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

03 Dec 1951
Wichita, Kansas

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

15 (1977-1992)

Currently works for Penske Racing as a team adviser. Rick no longer races in any form, but is in constant demand for speaking or publicity engagements. However, the last few years have seen Rick struggle with a drink problem, so he has cut back his non-Penske workload to try and help beat his addiction. Rick is one of the very best and most popular open-wheel drivers with four Indianapolis 500 wins and numerous other Indycar victories. However Rick actually started racing on motorcycles in desert and off-road racing, before moving onto dune buggies that he and Roger constructed. He then moved into Indycars in 1976 and stayed there until the end of the 1992 season.

Biography last updated 16 Feb 2017