Robbie Buhl

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Robbie Buhl
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Nationality United States American
Born (1963-09-02) September 2, 1963 (age 51)
Detroit, Michigan
Retired 2004
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 1996–2004
Teams Beck Motorsports
Team Menard
Sinden Racing
Tri-Star Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Starts 78
Wins 2
Poles 0
Best champ.
finish
3rd in 1996
Previous series
1993–1994
1990–1996
1989
CART World Series
Indy Lights
Barber Saab Pro Series
Championship titles
1992
1989
Indy Lights
Barber Saab Pro Series

Robbie Buhl (born September 2, 1963) is a former Indy Racing League competitor and current team-owner, with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team in the IRL's IndyCar Series. He was a color commentator for the IndyCar races on Versus.

He won the 1992 Indy Lights championship and caught the eye of John Menard's Team Menard in 1996, running as team mate to Tony Stewart for two seasons succeeding the late Scott Brayton. He scored his first win in what was once the closest finish in series history when he beat ex-MasterCard Lola F1 driver Vincenzo Sospiri by 0.064 seconds at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

He started his own team, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, in 2000 and stunned the establishment with a win from 22nd in the grid the season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway. Mild to moderate success followed the next few seasons and he retired as a driver prior to the 2004 Indianapolis 500. He has continued as a team owner, with moderate success, failing to win any races, but his driver Buddy Rice finished 9th in points in 2007, the team's best points result since Buhl's 8th place finish in 2000.

Personal[edit]

Buhl's wife is the widow of former racer Scott Brayton.

Buhl was born in Detroit but his home is Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He is a graduate of Cranbrook School (now Cranbrook Kingswood School) in Bloomfield Hills. His family is one of the oldest of "old money" -"social register" Detroit society families. Their wealth stems from 19th/early 20th century manufacturing and real estate development and the industrialization of Detroit in the period 1850-1950. Family holdings included Buhl Stamping, Buhl Aircraft manufacturing, development of vast real estate holdings (including the landmark Buhl Building in downtown Detroit), Parke Davis (now part of drug giant Pfizer), Copper and Brass Sales, Inc, (by marriage) and many other holdings. His parents reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, Harbor Springs, Michigan, and Hobe Sound, Florida.

Robbie is a Founder and key Supporter of "Racing for Kids", a charitable foundation established to assist chronically ill children. Robbie makes a point of visiting sick children at hospitals on each stop of the circuit, bringing a bit of cheer to their lives in the process.

In 2007, he began a broadcasting career, joining the broadcast booth for the Indy Pro Series, now the Firestone Indy Lights Series, alongside veteran broadcaster Bob Jenkins. He would join Jenkins and Jon Beekhuis in the Versus broadcast booth for the 2009 IndyCar Series.[1] It was announced on the Izod Indycar Series website he was let go by Versus for the network's IndyCar coverage and will be replaced by Wally Dallenbach Jr., who is also a color commentator for TNT's NASCAR coverage.[2]

Motorsports Career Results[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1993 Coyne Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
LBH
6
United States
IND
DNS
United States
MIL
17
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
United States
MIC
United States
NHA
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
14
United States
NAZ
17
United States
LS
16
21st 6
1994 Coyne Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
IND
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIC
United States
MDO
United States
NHA
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
41st 0

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1996 Beck United States
WDW
3
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
INDY
9
3rd 80
1996-1997 Beck/Menard United States
NHM
Ret
United States
LVS
8
United States
WDW
 
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
IND
8
United States
TXS
Ret
United States
PPI
 
United States
CLT
 
United States
NH2
1
United States
LV2
3
13th 170
1998 Menard United States
WDW
Ret
United States
PHX
12
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
TXS
6
United States
NHM
10
United States
DOV
 
United States
CLT
 
United States
PPI
2
United States
ATL
Ret
United States
TX2
7
United States
LVS
7
17th 174
1999 Sinden/Foyt/Tri-Star United States
WDW
20
United States
PHX
3
United States
CLT
C
United States
INDY
6
United States
TXS
 
United States
PPI
 
United States
ATL
 
United States
DOV
 
United States
PP2
 
United States
LVS
3
United States
TX2
Ret
22nd 114
2000 Dreyer & Reinbold United States
WDW
1
United States
PHX
7
United States
LVS
5
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
TXS
18
United States
PPI
Ret
United States
ATL
6
United States
KTY
13
United States
TX2
Ret
8th 190
2001 Dreyer & Reinbold United States
PHX
11
United States
HMS
Ret
United States
ATL
Ret
United States
INDY
15
United States
TXS
Ret
United States
PPI
3
United States
RIR
9
United States
KAN
Ret
United States
NSH
Ret
United States
KTY
Ret
United States
STL
5
United States
CHI
Ret
United States
TX2
3
12th 237
2002 Dreyer & Reinbold United States
HMS
Ret
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
FON
DNS
United States
NZR
 
United States
INDY
16
United States
TXS
Ret
United States
PPI
Ret
United States
RIR
13
United States
KAN
Ret
United States
NSH
Ret
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
KTY
10
United States
STL
6
United States
CHI
Ret
United States
TX2
Ret
17th 177
2003 Dreyer & Reinbold United States
HMS
Ret
United States
PHX
12
Japan
MOT
10
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
TXS
Ret
United States
PPI
15
United States
RIR
15
United States
KAN
12
United States
NSH
Ret
United States
MIS
13
United States
STL
12
United States
KTY
7
United States
NZR
9
United States
CHI
10
United States
FON
12
United States
TX2
11
14th 261
2004 Dreyer & Reinbold United States
HMS
10
United States
PHX
Ret
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
INDY
 
United States
TXS
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
 
United States
PPI
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
CHI
 
United States
FON
 
United States
TX2
 
24th 44
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
9 6 78 0 2 7 19 0 0

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1993 Lola Buick Practice Crash Coyne
1996 Lola Ford-Cosworth 23rd 9th Beck
1997 G-Force Oldsmobile 4th 8th Menard
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 5th 31st Menard
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 32nd 6th Foyt
2000 G-Force Oldsmobile 9th 26th Dreyer & Reinbold
2001 G-Force Infiniti 9th 15th Dreyer & Reinbold
2002 G-Force Infiniti 2nd 16th Dreyer & Reinbold
2003 Dallara Chevrolet 22nd 23rd Dreyer & Reinbold

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruce Feldman
Barber Saab Pro Series Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Rob Wilson
Preceded by
Eric Bachelart
Indy Lights Champion
1992
Succeeded by
Bryan Herta