Randy Lanier Is Enjoying Life as a Free Man

The IMSA champ went to jail for 26 years for drug trafficking and was released in 2015. Our Marshall Pruett caught up with him at the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Randy Lanier, the IMSA champion and Indy 500 rookie of the year sent to prison for drug trafficking, is enjoying life as a free man. He was released in 2015, and since then, has kept busy teaching high-performance driving, yoga, and tai chi. Our man Marshall Pruett caught up with him at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and you can listen to their conversation here.

Lanier talks about what's been going on in his life since Pruett did a big profile on him in late 2016, but of course, the conversation shifts to racing. Lanier started running in IMSA just before the dawn of the GTP era. He talks about the transition from racing comparatively low-downforce, high-horsepower cars like the Porsche 935 to Chevy-powered March prototypes like the one pictured below.

1984 SunBank 24 at Daytona - Randy Lanier
Lanier ran this car at the 1984 Daytona 24 with Marty Hinze and Bill Whittington.
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It's a fascinating conversation, and if you haven't listened to Pruett's profile of Lanier, do that first.

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