By Michelle de Carion
A onetime Indy 500 Rookie of the Year is about to realize a dream he never thought possible: to be released from prison. He had been serving life without parole for marijuana trafficking.
Randy Lanier's days of playing chess and practicing tai chi in prison are coming to a close, as the U.S. government has issued his release from Coleman Federal Correction Complex in Coleman, Florida, according to Autoweek. For years, the popular GTP sports car champion has been reading letters from fans in jail, but now he will have the chance to shake their hands and thank them as he enters his new life outside of prison.
Lanier's career in auto racing flew fast into fame but ended just as abruptly when he was caught leading a multimillion-dollar drug empire. He started out racing in 1978 after visiting an auto show at the Miami Beach Convention Center and purchasing a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster. He later used it to win the SCCA Southeast Regional Championship. Lanier is well-known for winning the 1986 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and becoming the 1984 IMSA Camel GT champion. More »