Greatest Drivers of All Time #5: Rick Mears

In a new series I am doing on the blog, I take a look at the greatest fifteen drivers in the history of motorsports, with some statistics and reasons as to why I selected them. Here are the previous drivers on the list:

#15 Jim Clark
#14 Dario Franchitti
#13 Sir Jackie Stewart
#12 Jimmie Johnson
#11 Michael Schumacher
#10 Al Unser Jr.
#9 Dale Earnhardt
#8 Juan Manuel Fangio
#7 Al Unser
#6 Alain Prost

Rick Mears

Born: December 3, 1951 USA
Race starts (USAC and Indycar): 219
Wins: 33
Poles: 44
Indianapolis 500 Wins:  4
Indycar Titles: 3

The legendary Rick Mears. Such an icon in Indycar for so many years and for all the right reasons. One of only three drivers to have won the Indianapolis 500 four times. Another big time stat is he's won the pole for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing six times. Good lord baby jesus, six times! This guy had ice in his veins back in the day. Nowadays, Rick coaches drivers in Indycar and the Road to Indy, and, not surprisingly, he does a spectacular job at it. Rick Mears will always be known for his spectacular drives on his way to man victories and titles.

Stay tuned for #5. Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey