Extreme Speed Motorsports press release
ROBIN HILL JOINS EXTREME SPEED MOTORSPORTS AS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
STUART, FL – March 21, 2012 – Extreme Speed Motorsports Scott Sharp has been reunited with one of the prime movers behind his 2009 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón championship win.
Motorsports veteran Robin Hill has joined the Florida-based squad as the Director of Operations and is responsible for ensuring the ESM team and crew has the equipment, tools and resources needed to work efficiently both in the race shop and trackside. Hill will work in conjunction with the ESM crew chiefs and serve as the universal liaison for all team matters.
This past weekend’s 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, marked Hill’s first race weekend as Director of Operations for ESM.
Hill was Team Manager at Highcroft Racing when Sharp and David Brabham clinched the LMP1 ALMS in 2009.
Hill’s international experience ranges from open wheel to sports cars. He has numerous championship titles on his resume and looks to gain a few more race wins and championships with Extreme Speed Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series.
Hill’s motorsports career spans more than 30 years. Born in Australia, raised in London, Hill grew up racing in Europe. As a teenager, Hill was a mechanic at RALT Racing in England, where he worked in the F2 series for several years with drivers Jo Gartner and Pierre Chauvet. Then in 1985, Hill’s love of motorsports brought him to the United States and he worked with Jeff Andretti in the Super Vee and Indy Lights series.
Hill’s knowledge and expertise was in demand during the early 1990s. Hill joined Rahal-Hogan Racing as their Lead Mechanic, and worked with Bobby Rahal, Mike Groff and Raul Boesel to win the CART Championship in 1992. He was promoted to Crew Chief at Rahal-Hogan Racing in 1994.
In 1996, Hill joined Target Chip Ganassi Racing as Team Manager and Crew Chief, where he worked with Alex Zanardi, Jimmy Vasser, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Junqueira, Memo Gidley and Jeff Ward. During his tenure, the team enjoyed great success, including the CART Championships from 1996-1999 and the Indy 500 Championship in 2000. He was recognized for his excellent work with the Snap-On Tools Crew Chief of the Year Award in both 1997 and 1998 and the Jim McGee Award of Excellence in 1997.
Success continued for Hill into the 2000s. In 2002 and 2003, he engineered the startup of the American Spirit team where he managed the crew and ran its two-car Champ Car team. Hill then served as Team Manager and Crew Chief at Rocketsports Racing, where he worked with drivers Alex Tagliani, Nelson Philippe, Guy Smith and Timo Glock in the Champ Car Series.
In 2006, became Highcroft Racing’s Team Manager and helped guide the team to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.