Roger Mears
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"Roger Mears", is a former off-road driver who also drove in the United States Automobile Club/USAC and Champ Car/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. 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. Late in his career, he raced in four events during the 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series presented by Craftsman season, racing for Hendrick Motorsports, including the inaugural series race at Phoenix International Raceway/Phoenix. His best career finish, however, was a 16th at Mesa Marin Raceway/Mesa Marin.

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

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