Randy Lanier released from prison after 26-year sentence

The Joest Racing Porsche 962 116IM of Gianpiero Moretti and Randy Lanier is driven during the Lowenbrau Grand Prix of Miami IMSA GTP race on March 2, 1986.

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The 1986 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and 1984 IMSA GT Champion Randy Lanier was released from prison on Oct. 15 of this year.

Lanier, convicted for international drug trafficking during the 1980s, was sentenced for life in prison without the possibility of parole in 1988. The U.S. government has sealed the details surrounding his release.

Autoweek.com adds that he will be required to spend his first six months in a halfway house before entering a three-year long supervised release back into society. He will not be permitted to drink alcohol or possess weapons. Lanier reportedly has a job waiting for him at a classic-car museum in Florida.

The following message was recently posted to his Facebook page:

"Greetings Friends,

I hope this finds you all well, and enjoying the moments of your day.

For the last 27 years I have lived in prison cells with a Natural Death Sentence hanging over my neck like a hangman’s noose. Life Without Parole. Throughout these years I felt truly blessed by the love, and support of family, and friends.

This morning Oct 15 I walked out of federal prison a Free Man.

Yes! All of your love, prayers, support, and positive energy has caused the Universal Life Force to guide the justice system to reduce my sentence to time served.

This is truly an amazing event in my life, and I am very thankful to have so many friends to share it with.

Thank God! Thank You All!

Sincerely,

Randy"