At the age of four, Sting Ray Robb tuned into Nitro Circus and witnessed one of their stunts – Travis Pastrana doing a backflip on a go-kart into a ball pit.
“I’ve honestly been around racing all my life. But when I saw that, I said I wanted to drive a go-kart as I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” Robb told POPULAR SPEED. “So the next Christmas, my parents got me a go-kart and just started growing.”
His career has since taken off, with success along the way, all captivating for him to make the next step in his racing career – racing in the Pro Mazda Championship Powered by Cooper Tires for World Speed Motorsports in 2017.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “I know that this is a great team, and honestly really blessed to have them. I have seen the passion that they have their drivers under their tent, and I know they’re going to work hard.”
Robb enters the second tier of the Mazda Road to Indy after winning the Skip Barber Rookie of the Year Award, as well as the Bryan Herta Career Advancement Scholarship. His resume has grown in each step of his career as he has won several major karting championships, as well as scoring a podium in his first outing in Pro Formula Mazda.
After testing with the team and getting his feet wet, Robb is keeping his goals into perspective heading into the year.
“This year, we’re going to go into each race with goals depending where we are at in the field, and see where they go,” he said. “I just want to keep developing my skills.”
Robb also notes there’s no particular track he’s looking forward to.
“It’s been really crazy watching the IndyCar Series, all these teams going to all these tracks,” he said. “Now that I’m finally able to go to them, I think it’ll be good to be at all of them. I think they’re all going to be fun to go to and it’ll be great.”
Robb knows what it’s like to perform on a big stage, having won the FormulaSPEED race earlier this year at Sonoma Raceway, the same weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series and Pirelli World Challenge was there. It’s an experience in which stands out in Robb’s mind, being called “pretty great” and “phenomenal” altogether.
Perhaps this upcoming season the 15-year-old can add another memorable moment or two to the collection.
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