Roger Mears

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Roger Mears
Nationality United States American
Born (1947-04-24) April 24, 1947 (age 67)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Achievements 20 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
34 races run over 7 years
Years active 1978-1984
Best finish 9th (1982)
First race 1978 California 500 (Ontario)
Last race 1984 Dana-Jimmy Bryan 150 (Phoenix)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Roger Mears
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
4 races run over 1 year
Best finish 46th (1995)
First race 1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Last race 1995 Spears Manufacturing 200 (Mesa Marin)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of May 18, 2013.

Roger Mears (born March 24, 1947, 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.

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 presented by Craftsman 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.

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

USAC[edit]

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

CART[edit]

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 500[edit]

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

NASCAR[edit]

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

SuperTruck Series[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 

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