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Bob Bolles

Bob Bolles

Senior Technical Editor at Circle Track
Bob grew up in Daytona Beach, FL arriving well before the speedway was built. In his early teens, he would attend many of the races held at the "new" big track, as well as area short tracks, hanging out in the pits mostly and dreaming of a career in racing.
After graduating high school, he attended a technical college in Tampa, FL studying mechanical engineering. This education would come in handy, but not for a while. After graduating, he worked as a land surveyor and civil engineering tech eventually starting and operating his own business.
In 1990, it was time to quit and move on to a new career. So, Bob sold his business and moved to Blacksburg, VA where he would spend the next five years developing his racing knowledge.
There he worked with his first stock car teams, made frequent trips to Mooresville, NC and surrounding areas meeting with industry leaders and race teams. He was interested in building a race team consulting business and began to develop software race teams could use to setup their race cars.
He wrote the code for two programs and self published a book on race car design and setup. It was while selling his books at the annual Circle Track Trade Show in Daytona in 2001 that he ran into Glenn Grissom, then Executive Editor of Circle Track, who inquired about Bob writing for the magazine.
He wrote several articles that summer and then was approached about working full time for CT. He accepted and in January, 2002 Bob became a full time member of the CT crew. For over ten years now, he has continued to focus on the chassis engineering side of racing tech and speaks and exchanges emails with racers all over the U.S. and other parts of the world.
His original dream of one day having a career in racing has come true. He remembers reading his friend, Smokey Yunick, articles in CT and noted how he addressed each and every writer as if he were the most important person he knew. That is how Smokey's writing came across and the readers loved him.
What Bob hoped to do is create a similar sense of caring for his fellow racers on the subjects of race car setup and maintenance. The one thing he always took away from Smokey's writing is that if just one thing mentioned in an article stuck with the reader and helped him succeed, then his job was a success. Bob carries that thought with him as he continues to learn and teach racing technology.
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