SCOTT ROEMBKE........1962 - 2012


Scott Roembke use to get out of Howe High School, jump on a bus for downtown Indianapolis, then take a transfer out to West 16th Street where he could catch Happy Hour -- the last hour of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That was his May ritual in the early ‘80s as he could never get enough of the Indianapolis 500.

So it was only fitting than Indy went from his passion to his profession.

Roembke, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 50, pretty much lived for Indy-car racing and spent the past 30 years entrenched in the sport he worshiped.

Roembke, who purchased the Gasoline Alley garage doors of Indy 500 legend Bill Vukovich a few years ago, owned as much Indy memorabilia as any two people. One of his favorite pass times was emailing old photos to his pals to identify the car, driver, track and year.

Roembke, of Indianapolis, began his professional racing career in 1986 with Patrick Racing as the logistics manager and then accepted the role of assistant team manager. Late in 1991, he joined Rahal-Hogan Racing as general manager, and in 2000 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  
photo credit: 2012
edited text: 2012 Robin Miller via