Robert Yates Passes

Robert Yates, master engine builder, team owner, and ambassador of the sport of racing has passed after his battle with liver cancer.  Yates, who was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier in the year, was an accomplised engine builder, learning at Holman-Moody, Junior Johnson's racing teams, Di-Guard, and his own team, Robert Yates Racing, who won a championship with Dale Jarrett in 1999.  Yates was more identified with Ford Racing and after he disbanded his team in 2007, joined son Doug Yates to found what became Roush Yates Engines, the main supplier for Ford's racing program.  His engines won over 70 races and held claims to two NASCAR Cup champioship seasons.

Edsel B. Ford, a member of Ford's board of directors and Ford Racing enthusiast, realed the following statement.

"We at Ford are collectively saddened to have learned the news of the passing of Robert Yates.  Robert, by any measure, was a valued and respected member of our family.

His many accomplishments included winning the NASCAR championship in 1999 and being selected for the class of 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame.  I am proud to have been a part of both of those events but most meaningful to me was our friendship which spanned over 20 years.

Funeral plans are pending.

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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Volume 2017, Issue 9, Posted 1:33 AM, 10.03.2017