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1980 Rick Mears

1980 Rick Mears

Rick Mears first Indycar race Ontario Ca, 1976

Rick Mears first Indycar race Ontario Ca, 1976

Rick Mears, making his rookie appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drives his Eagle 7225/Offenhauser TC on a warmup lap during practice for the 1977 "500." Mears failed to qualify for the '77 race, but returned the next year with Roger Penske and went on to win four races in the next 15 years.

Rick Mears, making his rookie appearance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drives his Eagle 7225/Offenhauser TC on a warmup lap during practice for the 1977 "500." Mears failed to qualify for the '77 race, but returned the next year with Roger Penske and went on to win four races in the next 15 years.

Rick Mears - March 84C Cosworth - Penske Racing - Indianapolis 500-Mile Race - 1984 PPG Indy Car World Series, round 3

Rick Mears - March 84C Cosworth - Penske Racing - Indianapolis 500-Mile Race - 1984 PPG Indy Car World Series, round 3

Indy 500 champs (from left) A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser joke with the crowd as they stand along the pit wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1988.

Indy 500 champs (from left) A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Al Unser joke with the crowd as they stand along the pit wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1988.