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Helmet of Rick Mears

Flag of U.S.A. Rick Mears

nationality American age 67 years old born December 3, 1951 hometown Wichita, Kansas

Racing highlights

19921stUSAC National Championship
19911stUSAC National Championship
19903rdPPG Indy Car World Series
19892ndPPG Indy Car World Series
19881stUSAC National Championship
19863rdUSAC National Championship
19841stUSAC Gold Crown Championship
19833rdUSAC National Championship
19821stPPG Indy Car World Series
19822ndIndianapolis 500
19811stPPG Indy Car World Series
19803rdInternational Race Of Champions
19791stSCCA/CART Indy Car Series

Racing career summary

Races entered221
Wins29
Podiums78
Pole positions39
Fastest laps13
Race win percentage13.1%
Podium percentage35.3%

Disclaimer: the data and summaries are all taken from the data available in the career details section further below on this page. If you know of things missing or have corrections, please log in and submit them.

Career overview – years in numbers

The following numbers are a summary of the more detailed information available in the Career details further below on the page. Seasons spanning over two years (for example 2013-14 championships) have their race results accounted for in the year the championship ends.

1992Racing8 races0 wins1 podium0 pole position0 fastest race laps
1991Racing16 races1 win3 podiums5 pole position2 fastest race laps
1990Racing16 races1 win5 podiums3 pole position1 fastest race lap
1989Racing19 races3 wins6 podiums5 pole position3 fastest race laps
1988Racing15 races2 wins5 podiums4 pole position2 fastest race laps
1987Racing15 races1 win4 podiums0 pole position1 fastest race lap
1986Racing21 races0 wins4 podiums4 pole position0 fastest race laps
1985Racing5 races1 win3 podiums2 pole position1 fastest race lap
1984Racing12 races2 wins5 podiums2 pole position1 fastest race lap
1983Racing13 races1 win4 podiums1 pole positions1 fastest race lap
1982Racing15 races4 wins7 podiums9 pole position1 fastest race lap
1981Racing12 races6 wins9 podiums2 pole position0 fastest race laps
1980Racing16 races1 win7 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
1979Racing15 races3 wins9 podiums2 pole position? fastest race laps
1978Racing11 races3 wins6 podiums0 pole position? fastest race laps
1977Racing9 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position0 fastest race laps
1976Racing3 races0 wins0 podiums0 pole position? fastest race laps

Career details – the racing career of Rick Mears

1992 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
13th47Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
80100
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-21 (Chevrolet B)

1992 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
1st1000
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-21 (Chevrolet B)

1991 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
4th144Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
172462
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-20 (Chevrolet A)

1991 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
1st1000
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-20 (Chevrolet A)

1990 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
3rd168Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
161531
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-19 (Chevrolet A)

1990 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
5th500
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-19 (Chevrolet A)

1989 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
2nd186Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
153653
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-18 (Chevrolet A)

1989 International Race Of Champions

PositionPointsTeam
11th24
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
4000?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Chevrolet Camaro

1989 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
23rd15
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-18 (Chevrolet A)

1988 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
4th129Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
152542
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-17 (Chevrolet)

1988 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
1st1000
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-17 (Chevrolet A)

1987 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
5th102Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
151401
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-16 (Chevrolet)
March 86C (Chevrolet)

1987 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
23rd15
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
March 86C (Chevrolet A)

1986 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
8th89Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
170440
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
March 86C (Cosworth)
Penske PC-15 (Chevrolet)
March 86C (Chevrolet)

1986 International Race Of Champions

PositionPointsTeam
12th25
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
4000?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Chevrolet Camaro

1986 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
3rd700
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
March 86C (Cosworth TC)

1985 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
10th51Penske Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
51321
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
March 85C (Cosworth)

1985 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
21st15
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
March 85C (Cosworth)

1985 Indianapolis 500

PositionPointsTeam
0Penske Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10001
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
March 85C (Cosworth)

1984 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
5th110Penske Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
111421
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-12/84 (Cosworth)
March 84C (Cosworth)

1983-84 USAC Gold Crown Championship

PositionPointsTeam
1st1000Pennzoil Z-7
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
11100
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
March 84C (Cosworth)

1983 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
6th92Machinists Union Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
131411
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-11 (Cosworth)
Penske PC-10B (Cosworth)
Penske PC-10 (Cosworth)

1983 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
3rd700
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-11 (Cosworth TC)

1982 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
1st294Team Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
114681
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-10 (Cosworth)

1981-82 USAC Gold Crown Championship

PositionPointsTeam
7th800The Gould Charge
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
20110
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-10 (Cosworth)

1982 Indianapolis 500

PositionPointsTeam
2nd0Team Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10111
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-10 (Cosworth)

1982 IMSA Camel GT Championship

PositionPointsTeam
0Zakspeed Roush
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
20000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Ford Mustang Turbo

1981 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
1st304Team Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10682?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-9B (Cosworth)
Penske PC-9 (Cosworth)

1981 World Championship for Drivers and Makes

PositionPointsTeam
123rd19Al Holbert, Garretson Developments
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
20100
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR

1980 International Race Of Champions

PositionPointsTeam
3rd31
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
3020?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Chevrolet Camaro

1980 PPG Indy Car World Series

PositionPointsTeam
4th2866Team Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
12150?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-7 (Cosworrth)
Penske PC-9 (Cosworth)

1980 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
7th766
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
00000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-7 (Cosworth TC)
Penske PC-9 (Cosworth TC)

1980 World Challenge for Endurance Drivers

PositionPointsTeam
0Jim Busby, Dick Barbour Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
?????
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Porsche 935
Porsche 935 K3

1980 World Sportscar Championship - GTX

PositionPointsTeam
0Dick Barbour Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
100??
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Porsche 935 K3 Turbo

1979 International Race Of Champions

PositionPointsTeam
0
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
1000?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Chevrolet Camaro

1979 SCCA/CART Indy Car Series

PositionPointsTeam
1st4060Team Penske
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
14392?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-7 (Cosworth)
Penske PC-6 (Cosworth)

1978 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
9th2171Galles Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
11360?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Penske PC-6 (Cosworth)

1977 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
20th555Theodore Racing
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
8000?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Eagle (Offenhauser)
McLaren (Offenhauser)

1977 USAC Stock Car Series

PositionPointsTeam
0
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
10000
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1976 USAC National Championship

PositionPointsTeam
16th390
RacesWinsPodiumsPole positions*Fastest laps
3000?
* only pole positions from timed qualifying sessions.
CarEngineTyres
Eagle (Offenhauser)
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