1986 Indy 500 Rookie of Year Randy Lanier to be paroled after 27 years in prison

15 Comments

After serving 27 years of a sentence of life in prison without parole, 1986 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Randy Lanier will become a free man on Wednesday.

According to a report by Autoweek.com, Lanier, who reportedly financed his IndyCar career through a marijuana smuggling operation that he headed, will be paroled after nearly three decades behind bars.

Lanier just turned 60 on September 22. He’s been in prison in his home state of Florida since he was 33. He’ll be released from the Coleman Federal Correction Complex in Coleman, Florida. Officials have not given a reason as to why Lanier is being paroled when he was sentenced to a full life term when first convicted.

Lanier drove for Arciero Racing in his first and only appearance in the Indy 500 in 1986, qualifying a decent 13th and finishing a respectable 10th.

Lanier also was the 1984 IMSA Camel GT series champ.

He also competed in 18 CART races in 1985 and 1986, and finished 49th in the 1982 24 Hours of LeMans. Lanier also had significant success on various levels of sports car racing in the U.S., particularly in the Southeast part of the country.

Unfortunately, shortly after his Indy 500 debut, federal officials began investigating how Lanier was funding his racing exploits and discovered he was a large-scale pot transporter and smuggler.

Lanier was originally arrested by FBI agents for importing and distributing 300 tons of marijuana from Colombia, which officials estimated at the time to be worth $68 million. It was from there that he funded the majority of his racing operations.

He attempted to avoid prosecution and fled the U.S., only to be caught in Antigua in 1987, and sentenced to life without parole less than a year later after Lanier was found to be a “Super Drug Kingpin.”

Once released, Lanier will spend the next six months in halfway house, and reportedly has a job lined up afterward in a South Florida classic car museum, according to Autoweek.

Follow me @JerryBonkowski

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info

0 Comments

The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUT:

Click here to view the track map

HOW TO WATCH SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN 2023Full NBC Sports, Peacock schedule

FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


2023 SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


NBC SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Five things to watch in the 2023 Supercross season

Austin Forkner out for 2023 Supercross season

Malcolm Stewart aims for 450 breakthrough

A new attitude for Adam Cianciarulo in 2023

Ken Roczen signs with Suzuki

Hunter and Jett Lawrence walk a fine line with competition and fans

Three talented rookies move up to 450

Jett Lawrence wants to run 450 division for SMX playoffs