Hi, I’m Robert Grace

A lifelong car guy and race fan, I began my track career in 2007 at Summit Point Motorsports Park. Just as I had hoped, one thing led to another and after a year of lapping my dad’s daily driver I found myself in a proper race car. As one of my racing mentors once said “if it ain’t wheel to wheel it ain’t real!” – well, things got real in 2009 as I joined the ranks of NASA Spec E30 as a rookie. My first race wins came in 2010 and there was no going back! The following years have been very successful winning a National Championship at Mid-Ohio, the Eastern States Championship at Watkins Glen International, five Mid-Atlantic championships, countless Spec E30 races, races in Spec E46, American Endurance Racing, the Ultimate Track Car Challenge, and more…

  • National Auto Sport Association Eastern State Spec E30 Champion at Watkins Glen International
  • Won 11 of 13 Spec E30 races
  • 11 pole positions
  • Won American Endurance Racing at Watkins Glen International

The goal of 2016 was clear – focus on the championship race at Watkins Glen International. Grace elected to run a limited NASA Mid-Atlantic season in order to dedicate his time and resources on preparing himself and the car. This strategy paid off in September, within a highly competitive field of talented drivers, Grace was able to secure pole position for both qualifying races, and ultimately took the Spec E30 championship win at the legendary Watkins Glen International.

  • NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec E30 Champion
  • Won 6 of 12 Spec E30 races
  • Won American Endurance Racing at Summit Point Motorsports Park

The 2015 Championship at Virginia International Raceway was filled with rollercoasters of emotion. Grace and the team relentlessly battled one mechanical issue after another. Missing the start of the race by mere seconds meant that Grace started in 13th place. Lap after lap, Grace managed to advance 9 positions, finishing 5th.

  • NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec E30 Champion
  • Won 9 of 12 Spec E30 races
  • Set and holding the Virginia International Raceway Spec E30 lap record of 2:15.990 as of November 3, 2016.
  • Won Fastest Street Production Class at the Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge, with a lap time of 2:03.7 in a BMW 1M

2014 started with five straight wins. As the points leader of the NASA Mid-Atlantic Championship, Grace headed to the Eastern States Championship at Road Atlanta on Labor Day weekend. Grace started on the front row and finished top two for both qualifying races, resulting in second position starting Sunday’s championship race. After a fierce battle and leading several laps, Grace crossed the finish line in second place. Unfortunately, after passing the scales and dyno, Grace was disqualified for a contended non-compliance issue. It was a defeating blow, but nonetheless a successful weekend in a nearly 40 car field.

  • NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec E30 Champion
  • Won 11 of 14 Spec E30 races
  • Won Fastest Privateer BMW and Fastest Street Car at the
  • Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge, with a lap time of 2:06.5 in a BMW 1M
  • Finished 3rd in class in One Lap of America driving a E92 M3

2013 brought uncertainty to the Spec E30 rules, and as result, Spec E30 was not competed at the National Championship at Miller Motorsports Park. Grace focused on other opportunities including the Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge and the One Lap of America. Good friend and fellow racer Robin Sparrow invited Grace to join him in his E92 M3 for the OLOA. While significantly underpowered compared to their competitors, Grace and Sparrow drove to a podium finish in-class, and scored top ten finishes at many of the road courses including VIR, CMP, and NOLA. A few thousand miles later in July, Grace drove a heavily modified BMW 1M at the GRM UTCC at VIR. The car also happened to be the owner’s daily driver, putting the team in the running for fastest street car award. Grace’s cleanest lap netted the Fastest Privateer BMW award and the Fastest Street Car award.

  • NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec E30 Champion
  • Won 10 of 14 Spec E30 races
  • Set the Virginia International Raceway Spec E30 lap record

Fresh off the National Championship win at Mid-Ohio, Grace was back at Mid-Ohio to defend the National Championship. Grace ran strong in the top of the pack. Bad fortune struck as mechanical failure during the final race led Grace to a top ten finish.

  • NASA National Spec E30 Champion
  • NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec E30 Champion
  • National Championship win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Won 11 of 14 Spec E30 races
  • Set the Virginia International Raceway Spec E30 lap record, previously held by IMSA driver Mike Skeen

Expectations for 2011 were high after scoring his wins in 2010 and finishing runner up in the regional championship. The season was off to a great start with several race wins building up to the National Championship at Mid-Ohio. Armed with the experience gained at Miller in 2010, Grace was prepared. After dry qualifying races, the skies opened up on Championship day. Grace started on pole and worked on pulling out a gap over second place, all was going well until the last turn of the lap when Grace spun in the rain and fell to 17th. For a split second Grace thought it had cost him a win – but shook it off and got to work. Grace always enjoys racing in the rain, and before long, Grace once again found himself in the lead and capturing the long awaited trophy. Every win is special, especially at the National Championship, but this one felt even more so after the disappointment at Miller in 2010 and the challenging nature of the conditions.

  • 2nd place NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec E30 Championship
  • Won 4 of 14 Spec E30races
  • Recorded 7 additional podium finishes

After scoring Grace’s first career win at VIR in July of 2010, Grace entered the 2010 National Championship at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Grace with his father, towed 34 hours to Utah and began the rollercoaster week of emotions including pole positions and qualifying race win. After battling from the back of the pack into 3rd place, Grace encountered a mechanical failure that resulted in a disappointing finish. Despite the race result, Grace’s performance empowered him to return the following year.