Former stock car racing champion Jim Robinson of North Hollywood, who never recovered from head injuries suffered in a racing accident Feb. 7, 1988, at Phoenix International Raceway, died last Thursday of complications from pneumonia.
Robinson, who would have been 50 on Jan. 28, died at Pacifica Hospital in Sun Valley. A three-time Winston West champion who built his own racing engines in his Jim Robinson Automotive garage, he had been in a hospital ward since the accident.
Robinson had qualified a borrowed orange-and-white Pontiac Trans-Am for the Copper World Classic, opening race of the 1988 season. His car, an Olds Delta 88, was en route to Australia, where Robinson and 15 other West Coast drivers had been invited to race at the Calder Thunderdome, near Melbourne.