Robbie Stanley, a Bittersweet Racing Memory

The name of Robbie Stanley, professional USAC driver from Brownsburg, Indiana, evokes some bittersweet memories for his fans. The talented racer was going after his fourth USAC National Sprint Car Series championship when his car spun out and he lost his life.

Robbie Stanley was born in November of 1967 in the Indianapolis suburb of Brownsburg, just a few miles from Speedway, site of the famed Indianapolis 500-mile race (the Indy 500.) His USAC National Sprint Car wins for three straight years, 1991, 1992 and 1993, pushed him into the limelight among other famous Hoosiers in the news.

Robbie Stanley‘s fatal race got off to a bad start with a cut tire. His car spun out in lap seven of that 1994 race at Winchester Speedway. You can witness the crash in this professional racing video.


Before that time, the name of Robbie Stanley gradually achieved status on the list of well-known Brownsburg people, as Stanley worked his way through the ranks of racers. His first real win came in 1980, when he left the Quarter Midget Nationals with the title of “National Champion,” quite a boon to his driving career, then in its infancy.

After that, Stanley made racing news for being named Rookie of the Year at the Paragon Speedway, also in Indiana, and when he took home the title of champion in 1989 at the All-Star Circuit of Champions. It was at that point that he made the decision to begin racing in USAC.

In 2005, Robbie Stanley was inducted, posthumously, into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. In 1994, the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans awarded Stanley a place in their Hall of Fame as well.


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