Randy Lanier was a lot of things. For one, he was a talented enough driver to clinch an Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award in 1986, and to compete in IMSA, CART, and even at Le Mans
. Then it was all torn down. Lanier was convicted of trafficking more than 300 tons of marijuana into the US from Colombia, mostly by boat. It was a massive operation, and made Lanier rich ... until he was caught. His conviction, in 1988, was for life without parole.
That's the broad outline of a story most people interested in racing know in part, but veteran motorsport
journalist Marshall Pruett has the entire thing for you in this deeply engrossing, podcast-length documentary below. Enjoy.
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, check out his Facebook
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