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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.
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Johnson dominates in 4th Brickyard win

INDIANAPOLIS, July 29 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson dominated the Brickyard 400 Sunday, leading 99 of 160 laps to claim his fourth Sprint Cup victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Franchitti, Dixon have top practice runs

Franchitti, Dixon have top practice runs

INDIANAPOLIS, May 25 (UPI) -- Former winners Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon turned in the fastest laps Friday in the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
By United Press International

Mark Martin joins Hendrick Motorsports

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 4 (UPI) -- Veteran Sprint Cup driver Mark Martin signed a two-year contract Friday to drive for Hendrick Motorsports starting with the 2009 season.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2005 with 28 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 3, the 338th day of 2004 with 28 to follow.
By United Press International

Casey Mears sets record at Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Casey Mears had a lap of 48.311 seconds Saturday to set a new Nextel Cup track record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2003 with 28 to follow.
By United Press International

Hornish joins Penske Racing

READING, Pa., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Penske Racing has announced that two-time defending Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr. will join the team next season.

Tracy wins second straight

MONTEREY, Mexico, March 23 (UPI) -- Paul Tracy of Canada became the first driver in 21 years Sunday to win the opening two races in the Champ Car World Series.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2002 with 28 to follow.
By United Press International
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Rick Mears
Four time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears awaits the rain delayed start of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN on May 11, 2006. Rick serves as Helio Castroneves' team manager. (UPI Photo/ Bill Coons)
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Rick Ravon Mears (born December 3, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas) is a retired American race car driver. He is one of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991), and the current record-holder for pole positions in the race with six (1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991). Mears is also a three-time CART national champion (1979, 1981 and 1982).

Mears was raised in Bakersfield, California, and began his racing career in off-road racing. He switched to Indy Car racing in the late 1970s, making his debut for the small Art Sugai team, driving an Eagle-Offenhauser. His speed attracted the attention of Roger Penske. Although at the time Penske Racing had the services of Tom Sneva and Mario Andretti, Andretti was also racing in Formula One with Lotus at the time and Penske wanted another young driver who would focus exclusively on American racing. For 1978 Mears was offered a ride in nine of the eighteen championship races, including the Indianapolis 500.

Mears qualified on the front row at Indy, but did not lead a lap and retired at 104 laps with a blown engine. Two weeks later, at the Rex Mays 150 at Milwaukee, he bounced back to win his first race. He added another win another month later at Atlanta and rounded off the year with his first road course win at Brands Hatch as the USAC cars made their only visit to England. In 1979 the National Championship sanction changed from the USAC to Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). At Indianapolis he won his first "500" by virtue of staying at the front of the field and taking the lead as other drivers dropped out with mechanical problems. Three wins and four seconds in the eleven CART-eligible races won Mears his first championship. His worst finish in the season was seventh in Trenton's second heat. In 1980 the ground effect Chaparral was technologically more advanced that the other chassis. Mears finished in fourth place in the points with one win, scored at Mexico City.

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