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Roger Mears (born April 24, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas), is a former off-road driver who also drove in the USAC and CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1978–1984 seasons, with 31 combined career starts, and started in the 1982 and 1983 Indianapolis 500s.[1] He finished in the top ten 17 times, with his best finish in 4th position achieved 3 times.

Roger Mears
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1947-04-24) April 24, 1947 (age 72)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Achievements20 off-road world championships at Riverside
Two HDRA/SCORE championships
Four Baja 1000 class victories
Five Pikes Peak International Hill Climb class victories
Champ Car career
Years active1978–1984
Team(s)Machinist Union Racing Team
American Dream Racing
Best finish9th (1982)
First race1979 California 500 (Ontario
Last race1984 Dana Jimmy Bryan 150 (Phoenix
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
4 races run over 1 year
Best finish46th (1995)
First race1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race1995 Spears Manufacturing 200 (Mesa Marin)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of May 18, 2013.

Following his IndyCar career, Mears returned to desert racing.[2] Late in his career, he raced in four events during the 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series season,[3] racing for Hendrick Motorsports, including the inaugural series race at Phoenix. His best career finish, however, was a 16th at Mesa Marin.

Roger is the father of NASCAR driver Casey Mears,[4] and is 5 years older than his brother, Rick Mears, a 4-time Indianapolis 500 winner. He also is an atheist.[5]

Since his own racing career ended, Mears has been heavily involved in Casey's career. He ran an Indy Lights team, with Casey as the driver, before working as a consultant with both Ganassi and Hendrick Motorsports.[6]

Racing recordEdit

American open–wheel racing resultsEdit

(key)

Complete USAC Mini-Indy Series resultsEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos Points
1978  
PIR1
 
TRE1
 
MOS
 
MIL1
26
 
TEX
 
MIL2
22
 
OMS1
15
 
OMS2
 
TRE2
 
PIR2
51st 10

USACEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Rank Points
1978 Beith Racing Eagle 72 Offenhauser L4t PHX1 ONT1 TXS1 TRE1 INDY MOS MIL1 POC MIS1 ATL TXS2 MIL2 ONT2
6
MIS2 TRE2 SIL BRH PHX2
DNS
25th 400

CARTEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1979 Patrick Racing Penske PC-6 Cosworth DFX V8t PHX ATL1 ATL2 INDY TRE1 TRE2 MIS1 MIS2 WGL TRE3 ONT
Ret
MIS3 ATL3 PHX2 NC 0
1980 Hodgdon Racing McLaren M24 Cosworth DFX V8t ONT
9
24th 272
Grant King Racers Kingfish 73 Chevrolet V8 INDY
DNQ
MIL POC MDO
4
MIS WGL
Ret
MIL
Ret
ONT2 MIS2 MEX PHX
1982 Machinists Union Racing Team Penske PC-9B Cosworth DFX V8t PHX
8
MIL
Ret
CLE
Ret
9th 103
Penske PC-7 ATL
4
MIS
Ret
MIL2
Ret
POC
9
RIV
4
ROA
8
MIS2
8
Penske PC-10 PHX2
7
1983 Machinists Union Racing Team Penske PC-10 Cosworth DFX V8t ATL
7
INDY
Ret
MIL
8
CLE
6
MIS
DNQ
ROA
8
POC
Ret
RIV
9
MDO
12
MIS2
16
CEA
7
LS
6
PHX
16
12th 43
1984 Caliva Racing March 84C Cosworth DFX V8t LBH
DNQ
PHX
Ret
NC 0
Machinists Union Racing Team Penske PC-10 INDY
DNQ
MIL POR MEA CLE MIS ROA POC MDO SAN MIS2 PHX2 LS CEA

Indianapolis 500Edit

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1980 Kingfish 73 Chevrolet V8 DNQ Grant King Racers
1981 Penske PC-7 Cosworth DFX V8t DNQ Agajanian
1982 Penske PC-9B Cosworth DFX V8t 19 32 Machinists Union Racing Team
1983 Penske PC-10 Cosworth DFX V8t 8 28 Machinists Union Racing Team
1984 Penske PC-10 Cosworth DFX V8t DNQ Machinists Union Racing Team

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

SuperTruck SeriesEdit

NASCAR SuperTruck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 NCTC Pts
1995 Hendrick Motorsports 25 Chevy PHO
21
TUS SGS MMR
16
POR EVG I70 LVL BRI MLW CNS HPT IRP
24
FLM RCH MAR NWS SON 46th 382
5 MMR
29
PHO

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Where Are They Now?: Roger Mears". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 2012. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  2. ^ Winderman, Ira (May 21, 1986). "Off The Beaten Track Roger Mears Is Carving His Niche In Off-road Racing". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, FL. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  3. ^ "Pickups take to racetrack". Standard-Speaker. Hazelton, PA. May 27, 1995. p. 44. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
  4. ^ "Dads Behind Sons' Wheels". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, CA. June 15, 2003. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDQD6JHT-q0&t=3s
  6. ^ http://www.oldracingcars.com/driver/Roger_Mears

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