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Survival of the Fastest

By: Randy Lanier,A.J. Baime - contributor
Narrated by: Jonathan Beville
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Publisher's Summary

As featured on Netflix’s “Bad Sport,” the high-octane Seabiscuit-meets-Scarface story of how Randy Lanier became a 1980s international sports star, soaring through the ranks of car racing while holding a dark secret: he was also one of the biggest pot smugglers in American history

As a kid, Randy Lanier dreamed of achieving four-wheel glory at the Indianapolis 500, but knew he’d never be able to afford the most expensive sport on earth. That all changed when he bought a speedboat and began smuggling pot from the Bahamas. Fueled by what would become a historically massive smuggling operation, he started racing cars and became an overnight sensation. For Randy and his teammates, money was no object, and bigger hauls meant faster cars. At every event they attended, they were behind the wheel of the best machinery, flaunting their secret in front of huge crowds and live television cameras. But no matter how fast they drove, they couldn’t outrun the law. As Randy came ever closer to reaching his dream of high-speed glory, one of the biggest drug scandals ever to hit the professional sports world was about to unfold.

Set in the 1980s Florida of Miami Vice, this is the unbelievable, unforgettable, unparalleled story of an ordinary guy whose attempts to become famous doing the thing he wanted most—become a world class race car driver—devolved into a you-can’t-make-this-up tale of one of the biggest crime rings and drug scandals of the 1980s. Now, with the help of New York Times bestselling author A.J. Baime, Randy tells the whole truth for the first time ever, a gripping narrative unlike any other, a sports story for the ages, and shocking a true crime epic.

©2022 Randy Lanier (P)2022 Hachette Books

Critic Reviews

“Flooring his racer on the back straight of the Indy 500 at the same time that his barge with 80 tons of pot bucks up waves along the California coast, Randy Lanier didn't let me go until the last page of his ripping, true saga.”—Bruce Porter, New York Times bestselling author of Blow: How a Small-Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All
"Like any self-respecting outlaw, Lanier has a hell of a time breaking the law, even as knuckleheaded hubris promises ruination, but you can't help but cheer for him as the glory and despair of the checkered flag of his rookie Indy 500 finish line and clanging prison doors loom on the horizon."—Guy Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of War Dogs: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History
“Tell me you're not going to read this whopper of a true-life tale. Buckle your seat belts. This is one terrific ride.”—Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Bam

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Captivating and honest story of a man’s life

I had no idea who Randy Lanier was. I was born in 1983. I heard about him on the Dale Jr. Download podcast. I was captivated by him and his story. Small town boy who became something and someone. Then I learned about the Netflix special. Watched it, but I wanted more. What an incredible life Randy has had. Love of a sport, love of a woman, and the love of business that he’s still thriving in today. It’s crazy to think back how the perception of weed has changed over the years. The book makes you think about that. A fantastic book. I enjoyed the reader on audible. Almost sounded like Randy in some ways. Couldn’t stop listening!!

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Wow!

Such a great delivery of an amazing story stitched together like a fine tapestry. Enjoy

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wow

I believe he did a little bit of everything, he definitely lived an exciting life, the best part though is the lessons he learns and how his life ends up

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Really interesting story, fantastic narration

I wasn't sure what to expect with this story, a friend recommended it to me and I was on the fence, but wow it did not disappoint! And the narration was excellent. I just assumed it was the author telling his own story until I heard the credits at the end. Highly recommend.

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Surprising, Gripping, and so Human

I thought this would be an interesting and potentially exciting book--- a race car driver moonlighting as a drug smuggler or a drug smuggler moonlighting as a race car driver. It was both of those things. What I did not expect was for this book to be so incredibly human. While I am sure that Randy Lanier leaves some things to be desired as a person, I was surprised by how much his story made me identify with him. There were times when I found myself shouting out loud at the end of a chapter "Dude! Quit while you're ahead!" "C'mon! Don't be Stupid!" But there were just as many times when I laughed out loud and found myself cheering on his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

The narration was great, and when I finished the book it was a shocker to be reminded that it wasn't narrated by the author himself. This is the second book I have listed to from this narrator, and was amazed at how different it was from the other one.

This book was so much more than I expected.

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Must read!!!

Wow what a book! Loved every minute of this book and couldn't stop listening. Great story that keeps you entralled the entire time. Very well written highly recommend!

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Outstanding Story .

Great story and never disappoints chapter after chapter. Very interesting story of Randy Lanier

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Racing and Smuggling my 2 favorite topics

I am a huge fan of smuggler biographies. Love the origin of the hustle, the good times and the eventual downfall that these stories always have. This one also has a concurrent story about a successful racing career! Very unique for this genre.

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What an amazing book and story

I would’ve never known this story without the Dale Jr Download. Thank you for your amazing story, Randy. You did your time for what you did, and I hope you had some money out there somewhere. Good luck!

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worth it but not great

the story is good but the performance wears down. the editing and performance really wear down what could have been a fantastic story.

needed to be smoother story. it's just event. chapter. event. chapter. over and over.

Randy is endearing towards the end.

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Damn Skippy

Amazing story. I enjoyed the Smoked podcast about Randy so was very interested to hear this in depth account of Weed, Speed, and the 1980s! It doesn't disappoint! Damn Skippy...