MOORESVILLE, NC, March 10, 2017 – The entire Yates family, Roush Yates Engines organization and Yates fans were thrilled to hear that Robert Yates was announced as one of the 20 NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominees for 2018. Robert is one of those rare people that found his passion in life early on, ‘building horsepower’ and built a legendary career around pursuing his passion of building championship winning engines.
Winning is synonymous with Robert Yates. Robert found success as both an engine builder and car owner, winning championships in both categories.
As noted by Tom Jensen in a recent Fox Sports article, “Yates was a racer’s, racer.”
Robert was the premier engine builder of the 1960’s and won an amazing 77 races from (1967-1988) as a NASCAR engine builder.
He worked with some of the most famous teams and drivers of the sport; getting his start with Holman-Moody Racing in 1967, working with NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough, later leading Allison to a series championship in 1983 with DiGard Racing.
In 1988, Yates was presented with the opportunity to own his own race team and decided to take the next step in his celebrated career and opened Robert Yates Racing (RYR). Long known for his secret weapon, the notorious ‘Yates horsepower’, this is where he was really able to develop the craft of engine building and do things his way.
Yates’ two car team proved to be one of the most invincible opponents in the NASCAR garage. Winning a total of 57 races and 48 pole positions. Robert Yates Racing provided championship race cars and engines for legendary drivers Davey Allison (also a 2018 nominee), Ernie Irvan, Rick Rudd, Elliott Sadler and David Gilland.
As part of NASCAR’s modern era of team owners, Robert made a name for himself winning the Daytona 500 as a team owner and engine builder in 1992, 1999 and 2000. In 1999, the team also secured a NASCAR Cup Championship with driver Dale Jarrett.
While the ‘Yates Horsepower’ made him a legend; Yates prides himself on the fact that his business started as a true family organization and today Roush Yates Engines is still part of the family passion, to build championship winning engines for Ford Performance lead by son, Doug Yates.
Robert announced his retirement from racing in 2007, but has never been far from the track.