INDYCAR Notebook: Happy 70th Birthday, Rocket Rick!

It’s a big day for four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, who celebrates his 70th birthday Friday, Dec. 3. While “The Rocket” marks a significant numerical milestone in his life today, it’s time to look back at some of the incredible numbers he produced in his INDYCAR SERIES and Indianapolis 500 career. Career INDYCAR SERIES championships: Three (1979, 1981, 1982)*. Career Indianapolis 500 victories: Four (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991)**. Career Indianapolis 500 victories from pole: Three (1979, 1988, 1991)***. Career Indianapolis 500 poles: Six (1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991)***. Career Indianapolis 500 front-row starts: 11 (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)***. Four NTT INDYCAR SERIES teams are testing Monday, Dec. 6 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

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