Rob Stark began working on cars at the age of thirteen and began building engines and assembling cars throughout his youth.
In the early 70’s, Rob was recruited to work on an Indy Car team. While working for the Indy team, Rob focused on learning everything he could about Indy cars—from rebuilding gearboxes to Offy engines. Hired for his first crew chief job in 1978, Rob’s car placed 6th with driver Roger Mears at the Ontario Motor Speedway. The following year, Rob started a full service automotive repair and restoration shop and continued to pursue his racing career.
During the 1980’s, Rob worked for numerous teams and drivers such as A.J. Foyt, Emerson Fittapaldi, Dick Simon, Tony and Gary Bettenhausen, Kevin Cogan, and Raul Bozel to name a few. In 1988 Rob and his race team won the Craftsman/Sears Indianapolis 500 “Fastest Pit Crew” award.
Rob closed his automotive shop in the early 90’s and focused his efforts full time in the racing industry on larger races such as the Indianapolis 500 and Long Beach Grand Prix. From 1994 through 1995, Rob worked for an Indy Lights team based in California. It was during this time he was voted the Chief Mechanic to “Snap-On” All-Start team.
In following years, Rob worked with a variety of cars and teams as a racing consultant and mechanic. In 1997, his car qualified 3rd (outside front row) at the Indianapolis 500. During 1998, Rob was crew chief for Jeri Unser at Pike’s Peak Hill Climb when she was voted “Rookie of the Year.” There were also numerous race wins in both midgets and miscellaneous dirt cars. And in 1999, Rob worked on an Indy Racing League Team (IRL) and was honored with the Snap- On/CAM “Indianapolis 500 Top Wrench” award at the Indianapolis 500 raceway.
Today, with a full spectrum of experience and the love of the automobile, Rob offers his expertise in a variety of services to meet your needs.