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Author Topic: The fastest driver you never heard of  (Read 388 times)

Offline Dare



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Re: The fastest driver you never heard of
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2021, 03:31:19 PM »
Yeah good find Dare, I enjoyed reading that.  :good:

Hard to see how a pothead, albeit a fast one, would be good for F1 in the 80s, even though we had a spate of hard living/drinking drivers in the 70s.

You might like this short piece about 'Rocket' Rick Mears brush with F1, courtesy of Bernie, Dare.

 https://f1i.com/images/325644-pondering-what-could-have-been-for-the-great-rick-mears.html
« Last Edit: December 03, 2021, 03:33:27 PM by John S »
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Offline Dare

Re: The fastest driver you never heard of
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2021, 01:02:27 AM »
I liked Mears. Maybe if he hadn't had those accidents he
wouldn't have retired and won his 5th Indy. I would have liked
to see him in F1 for just one year
"The
democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are
willing to work and give to those who would not."
--
Thomas
Jefferson

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: The fastest driver you never heard of
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2021, 03:49:12 AM »
I was watching live when he had his crash and it was pretty bad. Rick generally doesn't complain but others say it killed his road racing ability since he couldn't operate the pedals properly with the constant upshifting and downshifting required.
Lonny

Offline jimclark

Re: The fastest driver you never heard of
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2021, 05:36:25 PM »
I was watching live when he had his crash and it was pretty bad.
You were there? Cool.
I don't even remember Sanair CART races being televised, let alone practice. Woulda' loved it. :(
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