Scott Roembke dies

UPDATE #2 Scott’s family has confirmed the service information.

A Gathering will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at Flanner and Buchanan Community Life Center from 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Flanner and Buchanan
10612 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229

The Funeral will take place on Wednesday, September 26th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes
5333 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

09/10/12 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.

“Scott lived, breathed and ate racing," said Buddy Rice, who won the rain-shortened 2004 Indianapolis 500 with Roembke calling his race for Rahal/Letterman Racing. “He was also a walking encyclopedia on Indy-car racing and he and (Dave) Letterman could sit and talk about the old days for hours.

“And he also just a great guy who helped a lot of people."

Roembke spent much of 2011 in the hospital before he was finally healthy enough to receive a heart and lung transplant.

“He vowed to me last winter that he was going to make it back to Indianapolis for the race and that’s exactly what he did," said Rahal, who had Scott work with Michel Jourdain last May.

“It’s a very sad day but I’m glad he made it back to Indy one last time because he loved that place."

Roembke is survived by wife Darcy and son Chris and funeral arrangements are pending,

SPEED extends its deepest sympathies to the Roembke family. Full article at

09/09/12 The following quote is attributed to Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan regarding the passing of team Chief Operating Officer Scott Roembke today. Scott was surrounded by his family when he passed away.

“This is a very sad day for all of us at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Scott was truly passionate about motor racing and particularly Indy car racing and was wealth of knowledge about the sport. He was a great leader, a confidant of mine and a dear friend. Scott’s passion was directing winning Indy cars and RLL and many drivers were the beneficiaries of his strategic genius. Scott was selfless when it came time for the betterment of the Sport and the Sport is now poorer for his passing. Our prayers and sympathies are with his wife Darcy, son Chris and the entire Roembke family. Scott will always be a part of our team, now and in the future.

Scott began his professional racing career in 1986. After growing up a passionate race fan in suburban Indianapolis, Roembke realized his lifelong dream when he joined Patrick Racing as the logistics manager and worked closely with the legendary Jim McGee. He later assumed the role of Assistant Team Manager for Patrick Racing. Late in 1991, he joined Rahal-Hogan Racing as General Manager and in 2000 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, a title he held at the time of his passing. Under Roembke’s guidance, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has become recognized as an industry innovator and one of the premier teams in open-wheel and sports car racing.

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