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January 19, 1985
Roger Mears will be seeking his third straight victory tonight on the seven-turn course inside the Los Angeles Fairgrounds at Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Championship Gran Prix in Pomona. Mears, who will drive a Nissan truck, won the final two races in the short-course series last year. He will have a new truck to take against defending series champion Ivan Stewart, Glenn Harris and Pancho Weaver in the mini-pickup class.
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February 23, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Casey Mears would look forward to this Sunday's Nextel Cup race at California Speedway under any conditions, because it's a homecoming of sorts for the Bakersfield native. But after what happened last Sunday in the Daytona 500, Mears can't get to Fontana for the Auto Club 500 fast enough. Mears, who turns 28 on March 12, is the son of off-road racing champion Roger Mears and the nephew of Rick Mears, four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.
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January 21, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took two restarts and an additional eight laps of racing before Roger Mears could claim the mini pickup truck class championship Saturday night in Mickey Thompson Off-Road Championship Gran Prix. The crowd of 54,119 fell short of capacity and was well below last year's crowd of 64,948, the biggest crowd attending an event in Anaheim Stadium for 1990.
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June 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Jamie McMurray's mornings at the track always start the same, with a container of fresh coffee placed outside his motor coach by his father. Casey Mears goes to his dad for a pep talk when something goes wrong. Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson lean on their fathers to help them find the groove during practice. These fathers of fast, young drivers are nearly as recognizable in the garage as their famous sons.
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July 21, 1991 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An exceptionally high-speed track around the perimeter of the Coliseum football field kept close racing, a usual characteristic of stadium off-road racing, to a minimum Saturday night as 47,027 watched a series of follow-the-leader Mickey Thompson Gran Prix races. The long program, seventh in a series of 10 stadium races, was running more than 45 minutes late before the six championship races.
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May 3, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
An estimated 67,000 racing fans were drawn to the Rose Bowl Saturday night to watch cars, trucks and motorcycles spin, slide and fly their way around the muddy little chunk of the Baja that promoter Mickey Thompson recreated on top of a football field for Off-Road Championship Gran Prix.
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March 16, 1985 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Anyone who has played king of the hill knows that some days it's harder to stay on top than it is to get there. Roger Mears has been king of the hill at Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Gran Prix for nearly a year, and every time he brings his ultra-sophisticated Nissan truck home first on the twisting course laid out inside the L.A. County Fairgrounds race track, it only makes the opposition try harder. The last time the Bakersfield veteran lost there was last April.
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August 19, 1985 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
The long-awaited mini-truck off-road race between Roger Mears and Ivan Stewart ended abruptly Sunday when Mears lost the power steering on the second lap and Stewart cruised to an easy win in the Mini Metal Challenge at dusty Riverside International Raceway. The 10-lap race, the feature event of the 13th annual SCORE Off-Road World Championships, turned into a Toyota parade after Mears' Nissan dropped out. For the third straight year, Toyotas finished 1-2 as Frank Arciero Jr.
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March 17, 1985 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
Roger Mears saw his all-race winning streak broken by Jeff Huber in a a 3-lap trophy dash Saturday night, but there was no stopping the Bakersfield veteran and his Nissan pickup in the 12-lap main event of Mickey Thompson's final Off-Road Gran Prix at the L.A. County Fairgrounds. Mears won his fourth straight main event in a runaway manner before a turnaway crowd of more than 15,000.
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July 22, 1990 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Mears used inside information to win the sports truck main event Saturday night in front of 46,347 fans at the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Championship Gran Prix in the Coliseum. Mears won only his third stadium race in the past 3 1/2 years by taking the inside line up the peristyle jump on the opening lap and breezing to a 12-second victory over Danny Thompson. Mears started on the pole along side crowd-favorite Ivan Stewart, but he left Stewart behind by taking the inside line up the hill.
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January 16, 1992 | SHAV GLICK
Walker Evans and Glenn Harris, driving Dodge Dakota pickups, showed last year that Ivan Stewart and Toyota could be beaten in the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Gran Prix stadium truck series. Now, Roger Mears & Son are hoping to bring Nissan its first Manufacturers' Cup championship. Mears, in a new truck, and Roger Jr., in his dad's old truck, will open their bids Saturday night when the Thompson series makes its annual season debut at Anaheim Stadium.
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July 21, 1991 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An exceptionally high-speed track around the perimeter of the Coliseum football field kept close racing, a usual characteristic of stadium off-road racing, to a minimum Saturday night as 47,027 watched a series of follow-the-leader Mickey Thompson Gran Prix races. The long program, seventh in a series of 10 stadium races, was running more than 45 minutes late before the six championship races.
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January 21, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It took two restarts and an additional eight laps of racing before Roger Mears could claim the mini pickup truck class championship Saturday night in Mickey Thompson Off-Road Championship Gran Prix. The crowd of 54,119 fell short of capacity and was well below last year's crowd of 64,948, the biggest crowd attending an event in Anaheim Stadium for 1990.
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July 22, 1990 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Mears used inside information to win the sports truck main event Saturday night in front of 46,347 fans at the Mickey Thompson Off-Road Championship Gran Prix in the Coliseum. Mears won only his third stadium race in the past 3 1/2 years by taking the inside line up the peristyle jump on the opening lap and breezing to a 12-second victory over Danny Thompson. Mears started on the pole along side crowd-favorite Ivan Stewart, but he left Stewart behind by taking the inside line up the hill.
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June 14, 1990 | SHAV GLICK
When the power-steering fluid ran dry in Roger Mears' pickup truck during the 400-mile Baja Internacional off-road race, his riding mechanic, Tony Alvarez, crawled out on the hood while Mears was driving between 50 and 60 m.p.h. over the bumpy terrain and added fluid. "If we'd stopped to do it, we'd have lost," Mears said matter-of-factly. Mears and Alvarez won their class by four minutes over Manny Esquerra's Ford.
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August 20, 1987 | Pat Ray
The number of fathers and sons racing one another is rapidly growing in all types of motorsports these days, and this has never been more apparent than in this weekend's 15th running of the Stroh's SCORE Off-Road World Championship series at Riverside International Raceway. The best known are Al Unser, the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, and his son, Al Jr., also one of the top Indy-car drivers.
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August 17, 1986 | SHAV GLICK, Times Staff Writer
The Mears Gang from Bakersfield looks on Riverside International Raceway in much the same way the Unsers of Albuquerque look on Pikes Peak: It's their own private domain. Roger Mears has won 19 SCORE world championship off-road races here, taking at least one race a year for 10 years from 1974 to 1983. His 19 wins came in 41 starts, including one in a stadium buggy Saturday.
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June 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Jamie McMurray's mornings at the track always start the same, with a container of fresh coffee placed outside his motor coach by his father. Casey Mears goes to his dad for a pep talk when something goes wrong. Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson lean on their fathers to help them find the groove during practice. These fathers of fast, young drivers are nearly as recognizable in the garage as their famous sons.
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August 6, 1987 | Chris Baker
Willy T. Ribbs is a pioneer. Ribbs is one of the few black professional race drivers, and his life story reads like a movie script. In fact, Ribbs, 31, has had offers to turn his life into a movie. But the latest chapter in Ribbs' story is perhaps the most bizarre. Ribbs was suspended for 30 days last month for punching a fellow driver, Scott Pruett. He said that Pruett ran him off the track at a sports car race in Portland, Ore.
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June 8, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Bobby Rahal and West Germany's Jochen Mass, co-driving a Porsche 962, inherited the lead 18 laps from the finish and went on to win the Champion Spark Plug Grand Prix Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at Lexington, Ohio. Rahal, of Dublin, Ohio, who won the International Race of Champions at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, and Mass never led until Chip Robinson suddenly pulled his Porsche into the pits on the 112th lap in the 500-kilometer IMSA Camel GT sports car event.
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