Chip Robinson

Full Name:
Edward C Robinson
Born:
29th March 1954 (Age 65)
Middlesex, New Jersey
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Chip Robinson began racing in Formula Ford 1600 during 1978 and he won the Northeast regional title in 1982. Two seasons driving a Ralt RT5 in North American Super Vee culminated with him finishing as runner-up to Arie Luyendyk in the 1984 standings having won at Long Beach, Meadowlands and Elkhart Lake.

Sports Cars in America

Rather than continue in open-wheel racing, Robinson raced in IMSA from 1985 by joining Group 44’s Jaguar team. The regular co-driver of team owner Bob Tullius, he scored six podium finishes and was in the team for Le Mans that year.

They won the final IMSA round of 1986 and Robinson also started two Champ Car races in Dick Simon’s year-old Lola-Cosworth that included finishing seventh in Miami. Group 44 entered him in a March 86C-Cosworth for three races in 1987 when sixth at Long Beach his best result.

IMSA Champion

However, IMSA remained his main focus with Robinson now driving Al Holbert’s Löwenbräu Porsche 962. Victory in the Daytona 24 Hours was the first of three wins as Robinson clinched the 1987 IMSA GTP title.

After a winless 1988, Robinson joined Electramotive Engineering’s works Nissan concern. The GTP ZX-Turbo was the class of the field in 1989 and Robinson finished as runner-up to team-mate and regular co-driver Geoff Brabham when only losing the title at the final round when his halfshaft broke. A winner for the next two seasons, he broke his shoulder following a puncture at Road Atlanta in 1992 in what was the final season before Nissan withdrew.

The team closed and with it went Robinson’s racing career. He started the 1993 Daytona and Sebring endurance races in a Joest Porsche 962 but those were his last appearances in professional racing. He now lives in Atlanta where he works in the furniture business. He also returned to the sport in 2014 as race director of North America’s junior open wheel categories.