Driver // James Robinson

James Robinson

James is an 11 year Powertrain Development Engineer for Honda R&D, the research arm of the automotive company responsible for the development of V6 engines for Honda and Acura vehicles sold here in the U.S., and around the world. 

On top of his Engine research and development experience, James possesses extensive racing knowledge from his involvement in many types of motorsport disciplines. He gained much of his racing background from Team Honda Research, an after work Honda supported program allowing their engineers to grow their knowledge of Honda products through their passion for racing. This afforded James to enter the SCCA ProRally from 2001-2004, plus some side Canadian rally events, before rejoining the Rally America National Championship in 2006 in the Production Class.

James also has extensive experience developing a Honda Element in Formula Drift and campaigning an ex-Le Mans NSX at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. In 2011, James piloted a converted road race B-Spec Honda Fit to first place in the Exhibition Class at Pikes Peak. That same Honda Fit is now used as his Rally America B-Spec Championship rally car.

“Honda Fit is very much at platform that rewards momentum,” added James, “The overall balance of the car lends itself nicely to Rally, as it can be easily set up to turn in quickly even in snow / gravel.  It also is extremely efficient and gets great mileage on regular grade pump gas!.” 

James cites his older brother, Nick Robinson, as his rally inspiration,  having worked on his brother’s service crew in the SCCA ProRally days.

How did you get started in Rally or Rallycross?

My First experience in rally racing was at the 2001 Ski Sawmill Rally School.  We competed in a 1996 Honda Civic 3 door and placed 3rd overall and 1st in G2.  I was hooked!

What are your future goals?

My goals for this year are to improve my driving capability and to further improve the Honda Fit B-Spec platform.

// About
Name - James Robinson
Hometown - Delaware Ohio
Occupation - Powertrain Development Engineer

// Upcoming Rallies
Year Event
2017 Rally Wyoming
2017 Sno*Drift Summer
// Career Results
Year Event Class Finish
2017 Scioto Forest Rally National 2WD 2
2017 Zaleski Forest Rally National 2WD 4
2017 100 Acre Wood Nat 2WD 6
2017 Tresspassers Wil Nat 2WD 7
2017 Drift National 2WD 6
2017 Sno National 2WD 4
2015 Lake Superior Performance Rally B-Spec 1
2015 Lake Superior Performance Rally 2WD 3
2015 Ojibwe Forests Rally B-Spec 1
2015 Ojibwe Forests Rally 2WD 3
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2015 New England Forest Rally 2WD 6
2015 New England Forest Rally B-Spec 1
2015 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally B-Spec 1
2015 Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally 2WD 2
2015 Oregon Trail B-Spec 1
2015 Oregon Trail 2WD 2
2015 100 Acre Wood B-Spec 1
2015 100 Acre Wood 2WD 3
2015 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD 2
2015 Sno*Drift Rally B-Spec 1
2014 Ojibwe Forests Rally B-Spec 1
2014 Ojibwe Forests Rally 2WD 3
2014 New England Forest Rally B-Spec 2
2014 New England Forest Rally 2WD 5
2014 Susquehannock Trail Rally B-Spec 1
2014 Susquehannock Trail Rally 2WD 4
2014 Oregon Trail 2WD 3
2014 Oregon Trail B-Spec 1
2014 100 Acre Wood B-Spec 1
2014 100 Acre Wood 2WD 5
2014 Sno*Drift Rally B-Spec 1
2014 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD 3
2013 Lake Superior Performance Rally 2WD 6
2013 Lake Superior Performance Rally B-Spec 1
2013 Ojibwe Forests Rally 2WD 4
2013 Ojibwe Forests Rally B-Spec 1
2013 New England Forest Rally B-Spec 1
2013 New England Forest Rally 2WD 5
2013 Susquehannock Trail Rally 2WD 5
2013 Susquehannock Trail Rally B-Spec 1
2013 Oregon Trail Rally B-Spec DNF
2013 Oregon Trail Rally 2WD DNF
2013 100 Acre Wood Rally 2WD 8
2013 100 Acre Wood Rally B-Spec 1
2013 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD 6
2013 Sno*Drift Rally B-Spec 1
2012 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood 2WD 6
2012 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD DNF
2007 Lake Superior Rally Prod. 2
2007 Lake Superior Rally 2WD 9
2007 Berlin Rally 2WD DNF
2007 Berlin Rally Prod. DNF
2007 Mexico Rally Prod. 1
2007 New England Forest Rally Prod. DNF
2007 Mexico Rally 2WD 3
2007 New England Forest Rally 2WD DNF
2007 Finger Lakes 2WD 2
2007 Sherwood Forest Prod. 1
2007 Finger Lakes Prod. 1
2007 Susquehannock Trail Rally 2WD 3
2007 Sherwood Forest 2WD 2
2007 Susquehannock Trail Rally Prod. 1
2007 Drift Prod. 1
2007 Drift 2WD 4
2007 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD 4
2007 Sno Prod. 1
2007 Sno*Drift Rally Prod. 1
2007 Sno 2WD 3
2006 Keweenaw ClubRally 2WD 5
2006 Keweenaw ClubRally Group 2 3
2006 Ottawa ClubRally 2WD 3
2006 Lake Superior 2WD 3
2006 Ottawa ClubRally Group 2 2
2006 Lake Superior Group 2 1
2006 Sherwood Forest Prod. 1
2006 Finger Lakes 2WD 1
2006 Sherwood Forest 2WD 2
2006 Finger Lakes Prod. 1
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