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Can Rick Mears really be 64 years old? Happy birthday to the youngest member of the Indianapolis 500 four-time winners club, who remains the coolest man on the property every May when he returns as a consultant for Team Penske.
In his sparkling 15-year career at IMS, Mears tied the venerable all-time win mark and set the record for pole positions with six. His consistency was remarkable, as he had five top-5 finishes to go with the wins and didn’t hit a wall at Indy until a 1991 practice run — the day after which he simply got in a backup car and won that sixth pole. Did we mention he was the coolest guy out there?
And thanks, Rick, for having your day on “Throwback Thursday,” which allowed us to go into the vault for some great shots. Enjoy!