Oregon Coast Trip 2019

Oregon Coast Trip 2019

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July 6th: The Oregon coast trip was kind of a last minute plan to go with some friends and spend a few days crabbing and playing in the sand dunes. The day after returning home from my Hell’s Canyon trip, I flew out to North Bend Oregon, where my mom and grandma picked me up. I flew from Boise to San Francisco. My layover there allowed me to get some lunch. I found a little Japanese restaurant inside the airport that sold tempura udon. I ordered the dish without having tried it before, and loved it. I landed in North Bend in the early afternoon in time to go grab some crab pots and see if we caught anything from the previous set. That night, my grandparents, mom, some of our friends, and I went to a dirt track race not too far from where we were staying. It was redneck and I loved it! Big explosions, crashes, and fireworks ruled the night. Racing seemed to be a side effect of the show. The stands were packed all the way through the fireworks display at then end of the night. All that fun was a good introduction to the Oregon Coast.

July 7th: We stayed at water’s edge on Coos Bay.  It made it easy to see the sights in the area and still be able to have a short commute to the boat docks where we would take off from for crabbing. Day 2 at the Oregon Coast started out with a trip to the beach and then on to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. While we were at the dunes, we did a sandrail tour ride. This sandrail we rode was an eight seater, tube frame beast powered by a 6-cylinder Vortec Engine. It was big, it was fast, and it was fun! The most entertaining feature of the whole ride was sitting next to my grandma as she panicked over every little bump, through every turn, and down every straightaway.  After laughing until I cried watching my grandma on the sandrail, we went to Florence, Oregon for lunch and got ice cream before heading to Our next stop. We continued on to Heceta Lighthouse, which overlooks the Pacific ocean. Heceta has been active for over 125 years and was converted to an electric light in the 1930’s. There’s actually a really awesome bed and breakfast just below the lighthouse itself; so if you want somewhere awesome stay while on the coast, look for Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast. For dinner, we drove out onto the beach near where we were staying. We took our barbecuer, elk burgers and a tub of watermelon. We played glow in the dark Kan-Jam until the sun was completely down over the horizon.

July 8th: The following morning we were going to go fishing in the bay. We caught sand shrimp as bait but when we got out on the bay, the water was too rough so we had to turn back. We drop the crab pots in a calmer area and returned to our campsite for a short while before returning to our catch. We had dinner that night at a very nice restaurant and I tried some amazing locally caught scallops. We had our dogs with us at the coast, so we took them to a cool closed off beach where they could run and play in the dark until we went back so we could go to bed.

Our last day at the coast was spent preparing to leave. We went to Chuck’s Seafood to get our fill of salmon, red snapper, and halibut to take home with us. Once done with that, we started our ten hour drive home. The Oregon Coast this year was full of new adventures and experiences. I want to go crabbing soon but until then, I’ll just chow down on the amazing sockeye salmon we have in our freezer. 

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Hell’s Canyon Trip 2019

Hell’s Canyon Trip 2019

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Hell’s Canyon has been one of my family’s traditions for as long as I can remember. I have memories of picking blackberries and getting dumped out of a tube into the Snake River from the time I was 2-years-old. That may have only been 15 years ago, but to me, that’s a lifetime. Every Fourth of July, my dad’s side of the family plans to spend a week at “our” campground near Hell’s Canyon dam. The last couple of years, Riley, my cousin and I have decided to assert ourselves as men and drive to camp ourselves (Probably with a little setup help from our parents; oh, and gas money. We need gas money). 

July 2nd: For 2019, Riley and I loaded our gear into my 1973 Toyota Land Cruiser, which is my daily driver. I bought a 4’ x 6’ trailer to load my 2002 Honda XR250 on along with our coolers, and we hit the road. The initial drive from my hometown of Payette to the deepest river gorge in North America was beautiful. We left in the late afternoon and watched the sun set across the rolling hills that lead to the switch-back river roads. Upon arrival to the campground, we discovered that the only part of my family that had arrived so far was my brother, Tyler, and his family. Riley and I set up our bedding under the stars and hit the hay as soon as we could. After what seemed like a short nap, I rolled over to discover I was getting rained on. I grabbed my phone, which was the only light I had, and ran to get the tent out my car. I unfolded the tent and just pulled it over us and whatever things needed to be kept dry. We slept a few more hours and woke up to clear blue skies and the sun beating down on us. Figures. 

July 3rd: The rest of the family filed in that morning and we had a good breakfast before starting the activities of the day. We played Kan-Jam (a frisbee game that is amazing!) until it got too warm. After that, we tried out Tyler’s new surf boat. I did terrible. It was still tons of fun. We rounded the day off with a short dirt bike ride to the overlook on KleinSchmidt Grade. One of my buddies, Bryce, showed up that afternoon and we set up our hammocks that night.  The next day was Independence Day. 

July 4th: Myself, Riley, Bryce, another one of my cousins, and a few others did the full ride up KleinSchmidt and continued on through an old mining town called Cuprum. We went to check out the old copper mining area which is now just a rain catch that holds the crystal clear water year round. We completed the thirty-mile loop in time to get a little tubing session in with my sister, Heather’s, boat. Riley, Savanna, Whitney, Avery, Parker, Alex, Bryce, and I got smacked around on the water and had fun before dinner. We killed some time playing Kan-Jam and then sat around the campfire listening to Tyler play his guitar and sing Imagine Dragons. The stars were the only fireworks we saw, but they were good enough for us.

July 5th: I rolled out of my hammock to the smell of pancakes on the camp griddle. After breakfast we played in the water with the boats and on the single tubes. My favorite quote from the week came when Alex and my nephew, Parker, were on the tubes. Heather was driving and Alex gave her the signal to stop; she had been giving them quite a ride but nothing that flipped besides the sheer speed of being whipped around the boat. Alex yelled from his tube, “Heather, I want to fly.” Heather proceeded to chuck the two of them over some of the biggest waves I’ve seen. They didn’t stay very long after that…

Midday rolled around and I decided to pack my stuff up and go home. I said my goodbyes and headed out. Even though, this year’s trip was shorter than normal, I loved every minute of it. It’s always nice getting to spend time with family that I don’t see often. The adventures we had were great but the company was what made it all the best. Hell’s Canyon 2020 better be more of the same.

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LOCAL TEEN RACES ON THE ROAD TO INDY

LOCAL TEEN RACES ON THE ROAD TO INDY

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It was an action-packed weekend at The Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio held July 26th – 28th. Local Race Car driver Sting Ray Robb, a 17-year old from Payette, Idaho, had a strong recovery from what could have been a devastating weekend of setbacks. During Thursday’s initial test session, Sting Ray’s engine suffered a failed crank sensor which caused him to miss several of the following test sessions. This set his Juncos race team on their heels and into a scramble to replace the engine and get the car dialed in with the new equipment. Juncos Racing put the #2 car back on track with Sting Ray at the helm just in time for a portion of the final practice session before qualifying. The limited track time prior to qualifying had a definite impact resulting in a less than desirable P7 for Saturday’s race. With the early morning cooler temps came a change in car set up for Saturday’s Qualifying 2. Although improvement was seen in the overall performance, the team and driver would have to settle for a P4 starting position for Sunday’s Race 2.

As the temps rose throughout the day on Saturday, the team again had to make adjustments to the setup. They knew this was their opportunity for redemption. Race 1 on Saturday afternoon had Sting Ray starting on the inside of Row 4 in the 7 th position, needing a solid start to insure a strong finish. As is often the case, chaos ensued in the opening laps of the race, but Sting Ray masterfully maneuvered through the wrecks and moved up to P2. Sting Ray was the victim of two back-to- back racing incidents in the final lap of the race putting him at P5 at the finish line. Another top 5 finish, but certainly not what he had been shooting for. “I’m very happy with the drive and the car’s performance today. It was not the result we were hoping for, but we’ll get ‘em in Race 2 tomorrow. Juncos did a great job of getting the car dialed in with the minimal track time we had to test. I know they’ll have the car set up and ready to roll tomorrow and I’ll be gunning for the front”, stated Sting Ray after Race 1.

“Today was one of Sting Ray’s best performances in Indy Pro”, said Pieter Rossi, father of current IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi and also Sting Ray’s Manager. “He drove with commitment and like a champion, pushing for the win from a P7 starting position! There is no doubt the wins are coming. He’s in a great car and had the confidence to work all the way to the front today and will do it again tomorrow.” Race 2’s action got started before the green flag was waving with a front row incident that had a domino effect through the lineup including a rear-ender. The crash severely damaged Sting Ray’s rear diffuser, resulting in reduced downforce and rear grip. Sting Ray knew the damage was significant, but was encouraged by the team to battle through and drive the best the car would allow. “The car looks to be mostly okay,” said Sting Ray’s engineer over the radio. Despite the damage and to the thrill of the fans watching, Sting Ray showed off his racecraft and drove his way to a third-place position. With 7 laps remaining, an incident at the tail of the field brought out a full-course yellow, allowing all the cars to line up in tight formation for a restart. From that P3 position, Sting Ray got a great jump start on Thompson and made a daring dive into Turn 1 to take over the second-place spot. He was able to hold that position for the remaining 5 laps with some of the top drivers in the world in hot pursuit. He garnered his fourth podium finish on the season thus far.

“It’s great to be back on the podium after a lot of tight battles on track this weekend. Juncos did a fantastic job getting the car dialed in and I was able to drive the car to a strong second place finish. Blessed to have this continued opportunity to be out here racing alongside the best racers in the world on the Road to Indy.” Sting Ray will be chasing another podium at the Gateway Motorsports Park Oval August 23rd and 24th . Download the Road to Indy App for live video and timing of the race events. The Road to Indy is a driver development series feeding the top drivers up the ladder toward INDYCAR.

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ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH FOR STING RAY ROBB

ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH FOR STING RAY ROBB

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GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND (September 1, 2019) – Sting Ray Robb picked up another podium finish this weekend in the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Sting Ray earned his first pole of the season and finished on that second tier podium. Portland International Raceway (PIR) is a 1.964 mile, 12-Turn road course located in Portland, OR. With the full Road to Indy series running alongside the IndyCar Championship for the weekend, it promised to be a great weekend of wheel-to-wheel racing for our Pacific Northwest fans! The Indy Pro 2000 Championship weekend kicked off with four test sessions. Sting Ray finished P1 in three of the four practice sessions.

The first of the two qualifying sessions took place Friday afternoon for the Indy Pro 2000 field. After narrowly missing the pole multiple times this season, Sting Ray Robb (Payette, Idaho) driving the No.2 GO Out Local / Juncos Racing car had his strongest run of the year earning his first pole start in Indy Pro 2000. The field returned to the grid Saturday morning for the second qualifying session. The field of 13 qualifying drivers fought hard
for the pole position throughout the session. Robb once again returned to the front row to start Race 2 after qualifying second.

The Indy Pro 2000 grid was set for Race 1, which was later Saturday afternoon. Once the green flag waived, Sting Ray had the position to remain the leader, with everyone else behind him. In the first turn, the car directly behind Robb failed to properly brake, and in the words of the announcer, “Pile drove” Sting Ray’s car, spinning him clear around in the run-off area to face the oncoming onslaught of multiple cars that had gone off track and were shuffled around in Turn-1 as well.

The unfortunate Turn 1 incident put Robb toward the back of the pack in eighth after starting from the front row. Even with significant damage to his car, Sting Ray was running strong throughout the first half of the race, working his way back up to 5th place with his sights set on a podium finish. However, due to collateral damage from the initial Turn 1 incident Sting Ray was forced to pull into the pit as his car would not shift out of 4th gear. After a very quick pit-stop, he returned back to the track in ninth place, ultimately finishing eighth.

The weekend concluded late Sunday afternoon with Race 2. The Indy Pro 2000 field stayed green for the entire 30-lap race. Sting Ray starting from that second position, once again had his eye on a podium finish. From the drop of the green flag, Sting Ray drove a strong clean race finishing with a hard won second place podium. 

After a successful weekend in front of 200+ family members, friends and Team SR2 fans who drove from Idaho and the Northwest to watch him, Sting Ray remains vigilant in his fight to gain points in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship.

“It was a great weekend and I think we made a good step forward,” said Robb. “My progression as a driver and us as a team throughout the weekend was evident. I think we did really well. We were on top in all but one of the test sessions which really set the stage for a great weekend of racing. Yesterday’s Turn 1 incident was really unfortunate, but it’s just one of those racing incidents that happens. It was really difficult to watch that win slip away
as I was spun around and going backwards through the run off area. To have that taken away from me in the first turn of the race was really frustrating. I was able to get the car back on track and despite the broken rear end, was able to turn second fastest lap times of the race. So, we knew we had a pretty solid car set up going into today.

Race 2 was a good recovery from the events of Race 1 and I am grateful to get that second tier podium finish. Since this is the closest race to my home state of Idaho, it was an honor and privilege to have so many amazing people here who attended the race from all the surrounding states to support and cheer for me. I want to thank the Juncos Racing crew for their hard work, my partners at Go Out Local, Intervention.com, Idaho Bone Collector, Trademark Dental, Treasure Valley Windshield, Fairly Reliable Bobs, Munk Family Dental, OMP and Big Idaho Potato Truck, along with all of my supporters (you know who you are). We will be ready in a couple weeks to be back on track for the finale in Laguna Seca.”

Sting Ray will race in the season grand finale at the Grand Prix of Monterey on September 20th – 22nd. If you are interested in learning more about Sting Ray and joining him on his ride to IndyCar, please email admin@stingrayrobb.com

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SEASON FINALE IS A THRILLER FOR LOCAL DRIVER

SEASON FINALE IS A THRILLER FOR LOCAL DRIVER

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GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY (September 21-22) – Local racecar driver, Sting Ray Robb (Payette, ID), who is racing in the Indy Pro 2000 Team Cooper Tire Championship, raced in the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca near Monterey, CA. In this thriller end of season race Sting Ray racked up a pole position (P1), the fastest race lap, set a new race record, and brought home some additional hardware with another podium finish.

After 16 Rounds the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 season came to a close on the extremely technical 2.238 mile, 11-Turn, road course that touts numerous elevation changes including the legendary Corkscrew. On Friday, the field was allotted only one, very short 30-minute practice session. Consequently, several drivers including Sting Ray were seriously challenged because they had never been on this demanding track. That practice session was followed several hours later with Qualifying Session 1 for Race 1, which kicked off the weekend of racing.

Sting Ray, driving the Juncos Racing #2 car dominated qualifying for Round 15 to claim his second pole of the season. Juncos Racing continued their outstanding performance for the final qualifying session of the 2019 season Saturday morning with both Sting Ray, his teammate Lindh and current points leader battling for the top 3 positions during the 20-minute session. Sting Ray took the third starting position by narrowly missing P2 by .0484 of a second.

The Indy Pro 2000 field returned to the track later that day for Race 1. Sting Ray started from the pole position while teammate Lindh started just behind in row 2. Sting Ray went on to post the fastest lap of the race and led 22 of the 25-lap race. However, after hitting gravel thrown on the track from the car in last place just as Sting Ray was preparing to pass him, Sting Ray slid off the track. He fell to second with three laps to go. Sting Ray had a substantial lead prior to the slide which allowed him to maneuver back on to the track and hold on to that second place position earning his sixth podium of the season.

The 2019 season concluded Sunday afternoon with Race 2 and Lindh (Sting Ray’s teammate) starting from the pole position and Sting Ray in third. At the wave of the green flag, a car hit Sting Ray breaking his front wing and then another car flew over and clipped his rear wing. The damage incurred in the multi-car incident forced him to pit for repairs during the full course yellow flag. Juncos Racing was able to get his repaired car back on the track without losing a lap. Sting Ray then battled his way back from thirteenth to an amazing sixth place finish. You can check out the video of that wild start on his FB page @ Sting Ray Robb.

During the 2019 season, Sting Ray took home two poles, six podiums, and set two race track records. In addition he was awarded the prestigious “Star of the Race” on three different occasions from Road to Indy Insider and Road to Indy & IndyCar Race announcer, Rob Howden.

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INDY PRO 2000 2020 CHAMPION

INDY PRO 2000 2020 CHAMPION

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St. Petersburg, Fla. – Juncos Racing finished off one of their most successful seasons in the Indy Pro 2000 Championships Presented by Cooper Tires this past weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Sting Ray Robb claimed both poles and one win, along with setting a new qualifying and race record, while teammate Artem Petrov delivered the team one more podium for the season. Read full article

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