While many IndyCar fans think of Roger as 1998 inductee Rick’s older brother, off-road racers know him as a top-shelf competitor. He scored four class wins at the Baja 1000, five at Pikes Peak, two SCORE/HDRA championships and a Mickey Thompson Grand National Sport Trucks title (1985). The senior member of the “Mears Gang” also tried his hand at IndyCar racing shortly after Rick, four-and-a-half years his junior, had become a star, but never latched on with a top team. From 1978-84 he made 31 starts, including the 1982 and ’83 Indy 500s. He scored 17 Top 10s and finished 4th three times. Rick and Roger Mears were born in Wichita, KS and raced go-karts, stock cars and motorcycles. “We raced every weekend to have fun and we just loved doing it, and all of a sudden, it turned into a career, which was a dream come true for all of us,” Roger told the IMS website. Today Mears can be seen at the races with his son, NASCAR driver Casey Mears.