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SAME NAME, DIFFERENT GAME
Sam Moses
February 12, 1990
For Roger Mears, Rick's older brother and truck driver extraordinaire, the big wins are in the Baja 1000, not the Indy 500
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February 12, 1990

Same Name, Different Game

For Roger Mears, Rick's older brother and truck driver extraordinaire, the big wins are in the Baja 1000, not the Indy 500

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After weaving through morning traffic on the final five miles to La Paz, Mears rolled to the finish in 20 hours, 50 minutes and 23.2 seconds, for an average speed of 47.6 miles an hour, good enough for 10th overall, first in Class 7 and his second SCORE/HDRA season championship. And was Mears ready to collapse? Hardly. Was he tired? Barely, since the race had been so easy. He was a bit wobbly-kneed and bleary-eyed, but he's naturally loose anyhow.

Said Bill Mears afterward, "We never dreamt that Roger and Rick would get where they are now. We used to work all week to make enough money to go racing on the weekends. Now both boys think it's unbelievable that someone pays them to do it. We weren't planning it, it was a family thing, and we were just enjoying ourselves."

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