“The entire NASCAR Community has lost a pillar of our sport with the passing of Robert Yates. Robert was true to all he held dear - a fierce competitor, a dedicated and inspired leader and a passionate family man. For me he was the type of competitor that brought out the best in everyone around him and he was a wonderful partner and friend. I am very fortunate to have been able to team up with, and learn from, Robert Yates. He was one of a kind and will leave a void in our sport and in my heart."