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Sting Ray Robb: “This is a Good Learning Opportunity”

While his parents were involved with drag racing and autocross, Sting Ray Robb can thank Travis Pastrana for his drive to go racing.

“When I was about five-years-old, I was watching a Nitro Circus TV show and saw Travis Pastrana do a back flip with a go-kart into a foam pit,” he said. “It was super cool, so I asked for a kart for my birthday and it just all went from there.”

The Idaho native has progressed up the racing ranks, now in the midst of his rookie season of Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires competitors. Robb got involved with the series, after seeing the successful stories of competitors now racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“You can look back and see how many guys have worked their way up through here – like Spencer Pigot,” he said. “He’s in the Verizon IndyCar Series now, but just a few years ago, I was watching him run Pro Mazda. To be able to say ‘that could be me’ is cool. And I’m looking forward to running alongside the IndyCar guys, to be able to watch them and then compete on the same race weekend.”

His debut at St. Petersburg went well in March, scoring a seventh and a fourth in the pair of races.

“It was a good starting point and let us know what to expect at the first weekend,” he said. “But St. Pete exceeded what I wanted to get done. We were mainly trying to set a tone for the weekend and keep improving, session by session, with the hopes of being in the top five – and we were fourth in the second race. It was awesome to do that on a track that most of the other guys have been running on for a few years, especially since I had never raced on a street course in a car.”

This season, the focus for the World Speed Motorsports driver is learning each weekend he’s on track, knowing he’s got plenty of time to work his way up the ladder, and knowing Pro Mazda will move to a new car for 2018.

“In the last year of the old car, it’s going to be all about my driving as a whole and getting comfortable with the team,” he said. “I learn every time I get into the car. We’re playing it by ear, so we’ll use what knowledge we have and decide what to do next year, but the new car could be a huge draw for Pro Mazda.”

While he has been fast so far, it should not be a surprise. Sting Ray Robb was meant to go fast right from day one.

“As far as my name goes, my parents were big Corvette fans, so they named me after the Corvette Stingray,” he said. “It worked out pretty well that I’m a race car driver.”

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