In this Driver Spotlight we’re getting to know 2014 Mod Class champion, Joe Robles!
Where are you from?
NA, NB, or NC?
Current class in the Roadster Cup?
Is there a story behind your Miata?
I started tracking two years ago with my daily Honda Prelude with Koni sport, Ground Controls, and engine bolt ons. My first track day was with Extreme Speed at Buttonwillow and on riverside I got passed by a Miata. Like with any non-Miata driver I tried my best to not let him pass. The rest was history.
What do you have done to your car?
949 Big Grip Kit, JR M45 intercooled, JR headers and Hytech cat back, E85, fiberglass hardtop from 2nd Chance Racing, gutted interior and full roll cage by Pit Garage, alignment and corner balance from West End @ 2300 lbs with me and quarter tank of gas and 15×9 wheels from my sponsor HRAI w/ 225 RC1 MAXXIS
How long have you been driving?
2+ years. Most rewarding hobby by far.
For how long or how many times have you competed in the Roadster Cup?
Since the 2014 season, I missed one event.
When did you get your Miata?
2 years ago
Do you have any upcoming plans for your car?
Upgrade to Kraftwerks and front aero.
What track would you like to see the Roadster Cup go to?
I’m happy to see Chuckwalla back on the lineup.
What do you hope to accomplish this season?
To be able to better my personal best.
Favorite track you’ve driven so far and why?
Buttonwillow because I need to get to sub 2.
What car(s) would you buy/build if you won the lottery?
C7 Z06 or 430 scud
How did you get into driving?
Got pushed by my friend Phil C. and never looked back ever since.
Who do you think is your biggest challenge this year?
Global/Time Attack driver Will W.
Favorite track in the world?
The Ring. Driven it 1,000 plus time on GT3 haha
Who is your favorite driver or a driver you look up to?
Don’t follow racing
Do you have any hobbies outside of driving?
You name it: from pistol IDPA, golf, cigars, tropical fish and RC.
Check out Joe’s 1:26.55 lap at Streets of Willow last weekend.