Robbie Buhl

Born:
2nd September 1963 (Age 55)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Having raced his three brothers on anything that moved around their Michigan farm, it was a trip with his father to the 1971 Indianapolis 500 that convinced Robbie Buhl of his future career.

Early racing career

He raced a Formula Ford in England during 1984 and Buhl progressed through North America’s junior categories for the next few years. That culminated in the 1992 Indy Lights title after a consistent season and 11 podium finishes. Buhl also raced in the Daytona 24 Hours from 1990 and finished second overall in 1993 with the GTS-winning Roush Racing Ford Mustang.

Champ Cars with Dale Coyne Racing

Ten Champ Car starts during 1993 with Dale Coyne’s MiJack Lola T92/00-Chevrolet included sixth position at Long Beach although he had little else to celebrate. Two accidents prevented a qualifying attempt at Indy and with sponsorship funds in limited supply, Buhl only raced twice in 1994 before returning to Indy Lights a year later.

Indy Racing League

However, the split between Champ Car and the new Indy Racing League made American drivers in demand for 1996. Buhl signed for Beck Motorsports in the IRL and finished third both in the inaugural race at Disney World and in the final standings. A switch to Team Menard followed for 1997. Buhl led at Indy but he was injured testing at Pikes Peak Raceway – missing two races with concussion. He returned to the series at New Hampshire and promptly won by a mere 0.064sec from Vincenzo Sospiri.

Victory with Dreyer & Reinbold

Buhl lost his Menard drive at the end of 1998 but his Dreyer & Reinbold G-Force GF05-Oldsmobile won the opening race of 2000 at Disney World. That was the beginning of a four-year association with the team during which time Buhl eventually became co-owner. The start of 2002 was interrupted by another concussion suffered in a crash after the finish at Fontana. He was fit again for Indianapolis and qualified second – his only front row start at the Speedway.

Three races into the 2004 season Buhl announced he was retiring to concentrate on running the Dreyer & Reinbold team – “it was just time to say ‘enough’ and walk away.”

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2004 IRL IndyCar Series
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
24th 44
2003 IRL IndyCar Series
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
14th 261
2002 Indy Racing League
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
13 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 177
2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
13 0 2 0
0% win rate
12th 237
2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
9 0 1 1
12% win rate
8th 190
1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
Tri Star Motorsports
AJ Foyt Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
5 0 2 0
0% win rate
22nd 114
1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
Team Menard
9 0 1 0
0% win rate
17th 174 (189)
1996/1997 Indy Racing League
Team Menard
Beck Motorsports
7 0 2 1
15% win rate
13th 170
1996 Indy Racing League
Beck Motorsports
3 0 1 0
0% win rate
3rd 80
1996 PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship 1 0 0 0
0% win rate
25th 2
1995 PPG/Firestone Indy Lights Championship 12 3 7 1
9% win rate
2nd 140
1994 PPG Indycar World Series
Dale Coyne Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1993 PPG Indycar World Series
Dale Coyne Racing
10 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
21st 8
1992 Firestone Indy Lights Championship 12 3 11 1
9% win rate
1st 186
1991 Firestone Indy Lights Championship 12 2 4 1
9% win rate
6th 110
1990 HFC American Racing Series 14 3 5 0
0% win rate
4th 118
1989 Barber Saab Pro Series 1st -