Robert L. "Bobby" Korn, age 83, of Miamisburg, Ohio passed away on February 3, 2011. Bobby was the car builder/engine builder/chief mechanic on the # 69 1959 Studebaker Lark that was raced in the inaugural Daytona 500. The Lark piloted by the late Harold Smith qualified at 116.414 mph. Following qualification, Harold ran in a 100 mile qualifying race finishing 21st out of 38 entries. In the 500 mile race he started 50th out of 59 entires and advanced to finish 31st and was was running at the end of the event.
Bobby Korn was involved in automobile racing for 70 years. He a four time winner of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Regional Mechanic of the Year award as well as a winner of the NASCAR National Short Track Weekly Racing Series Craftsman Mechanic of the Year award. In 2009 Bobby was inducted in the Inaguaral Dayton (OH) Speedway Hall of Fame. Over his racing lifetime, Bobby's cars won hundreds of races and numerous track championships.
Funeral services will take place on Friday, February 11th in Miamisburg.