At six-foot-three, and over 200 pounds, you might suspect that Robby Foley should be playing football. The New Jersey native and Auburn University mechanical engineering student loves football, but his true passion is motorsports. As a toddler, he grew up around race cars with his dad, and by the age of eight was enjoying his own success in karts.
On September 11, 2010 Robby’s life was changed forever after he severely injured his left leg while playing football. He tore his LCL, ACL, and PCL, and broke his tibia, fibula, and ankle. Perhaps the most significant part of the injury was that Robby suffered a peroneal nerve palsy causing him to have severe foot drop.
Following surgery and rigorous physical therapy, Robby was able to walk again and wanted to start racing cars. In April of 2011, fresh off of crutches, Robby went to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to racing school to transfer from driving a kart to a car. He passed with flying colors.
Since 2011, and using a brace, Robby has raced extensively in the MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge, culminating with winning the 2015 Championship to earn a Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship for the 2016 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup season, where he will compete with Atlanta Motorsports Group.