Robin Miller died at the age of 71 on Wednesday. He has covered more than fifty editions of the Indianapolis 500 miles.
After Bob Jenkins a few days ago, it is a new figure in the world of INDYCAR journalism who disappears this Wednesday in Indianapolis with the death of Robin Miller at the age of 71. A native of Southport, Indiana, he has covered the 500 Miles and INDYCAR for ESPN, SPEED and more recently NBC.
His career as a journalist began at the Indianapolis Star in 1968. He also wrote for Autoweek, Car and Driver, Sports Illustrated and RACER. Also, for years he hosted shows on Indianapolis radio stations.
It was in 1957 that he went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time, he would wait until 1959 to attend his first edition of the 500 Miles. In 1968, at the age of 18, he worked for his hero, Jim Hurtubise, in various non-mechanical activities. Unfortunately for Robin Miller, this experience will be short-lived and will stop after damaging the paint on Jim Hurtubise’s single-seater.
A month later he returned to the Indianapolis Star as a switchboard operator. Then, he will climb the ladder, starting with Basketball.
At the beginning of the 1970s, he bought a Formula Ford from Andy Granatelli, then two years later, a midget from Gary Bettenhausen to start a 10-year racing career in USAC. In 1975, he injured his head in an accident on the Hinsdale circuit in Illinois, when his midget rolled over and hit the concrete wall, tearing the cage off.
This pilot experience will give him a unique perspective of the sport and the pilots he will follow. In more than 50 years, it will be close to the greatest. Tom Sneva, Parnelli Jones, AJ Foyt, Dan Gurney, Bobby and Al Unser, Tony Bettenhausen, Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford, Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, not forgetting David Letterman.
For years, he will animate the last row partya party organized by the Indiana Press Club Foundation which honored the last three qualifiers of the 500 Miles.
In 2019 Robin Miller covers the 500 Miles for the fiftieth time in his career. On this occasion, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pays tribute to him with the creation of the Robin Miller Award, an annual trophy given to a stranger who brings passion and work ethic to enrich the sport.
The motor racing world has lost one of its most respected journalists and one of its most passionate personalities. Robin Miller realized his dream to become the first single-seater racing journalist. For over 50 years, Robin has covered the sport he loves with fierce drive, a great sense of humor and unflinching honesty. I know Robin was touched by the support he has received over the past few months as he battled the disease.
Roger Penske, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway