Saying Farewell to a NASCAR Legend Robert Yates 1943-2017

16 Feb 2001: Robert Yates Team Owner of the Robert Yates #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford looks on the track during the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FloridaMandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey /Allsport
Robert Yates, RIP, NASCAR
16 Feb 2001: Robert Yates Team Owner of the Robert Yates #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford looks on the track during the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FloridaMandatory Credit: Jon Ferrey /Allsport

We at RacingJunk.com are extending our deepest condolences to the family, friends and the entire NASCAR family following the passing of veteran NASCAR engine builder and team owner Robert Yates. The 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee passed away on Monday after a battle with liver cancer.

The youngest of nine children born to a family of a Baptist minister in Charlotte, Yates overcame rheumatic fever and a debilitating concussion that left him with headaches and dizziness for most of his life to forge an amazing career as the famed team owner of Robert Yates Racing and co-founder of Roush Yates Engines.

Robert Yates, RIP, NASCAR
BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 23, 1991: Davey Allison (L) with car owner Robert Yates in Michigan victory lane after the 1991 Miller Genuine Draft 400. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

Yates engine building talent has been responsible for the horsepower that led several of the sport’s legendary drivers to victories as well as championships, including David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Dale Jarrett. As a team owner, Yates also won 57 times at NASCAR’s top level with drivers Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Jarrett, Ricky Rudd and Elliott Sadler.

Today, Roush-Yates Engines, owned and operated by Robert’s son Doug, supplies Ford engines to several NASCAR teams.

As one of the most genuine and loved members of the NASCAR community, both drivers and others involved within the motorsports world are continuing to pass along their thoughts and condolences.

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  • Cobranut

    So sad to hear this.
    Mr Yates, your contribution to the sport has had a major positive impact on so many Americans.
    You will be missed. RIP

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