For nearly 40 years, Robert Yates worked in the sport of stock car racing, steadily and progressively building a legendary career that made him part of NASCAR history and officially retired from team ownership in November 2007.
As part of NASCAR’s modern era team owners, Yates has made a name for himself as one of NASCAR’s modern era top team owners, securing a NASCAR championship with driver Dale Jarrett in 1999. From the day he opened the doors of Robert Yates Racing (RYR) for business in 1988, that secret weapon is the now notorious Yates horsepower. While that horsepower has made him a legend; Yates prides himself on the fact that his business started as a true family organization.
Robert's Career Highlights:
- Premier Engine Builder in NASCAR
- 1999 Championship Team Owner for Dale Jarrett
- 1983 Championship Engine Builder with Bobby Allison
- 2007 recipient of the Buddy Shuman Award for lifetime achievement in NASCAR
- Inducted into NASCAR Auto Racing Hall of Fame
- Inducted into NMPA Fall of Fame
- 2010 recipient of the Bruton Smith Legends Award
- Winning Daytona 500 Team Owner
- Winning Brickyard 400 Team Owner
- 57 Wins and 48 Poles as a Team Owner
A new business brought Robert Yates out of retirement and back into NASCAR. Robert Yates Racing Engines, LLC is collaboration between legendary former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion car owner Robert Yates and his son-in-law, Chris Davy, a former marketing and logistics executive at DHL Express Worldwide. The company was named the exclusive North American provider of the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine in January 2011.
Robert Yates Racing Engines offers the Spec Engine for purchase either as a kit or fully assembled, dyno operation as well as a complete list of replacement parts or engine maintenance services for any existing or future customer. Currently, the NASCAR-Approved Spec Engine is an alternative in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour and select tracks in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“We’re excited to be part of NASCAR’s on-going efforts to provide affordable alternatives for racers throughout this sport,” said Robert Yates, the former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion car owner and engine builder. “Since its debut, the SPEC engine has clearly proven its worth under the rigor of competition. We look forward continuing with the same high-level of service, engine power and quality.”