About Us

Stage 1 Automotive has been building, racing, and repairing cars since 1994.


Rob Chilenski, Owner/Proprietor

  • ASE Certified Master Technician
  • Advanced L1 certified to 2012
  • AWS TIG and MIG Welding Certification
  • Associate at Roy Hill Drag Racing School 1993-1994
  • Master Technician at Brogan Cadillac 1990 to 1993
  • In addition to owning Stage 1 Automotive and Performance, I have experience in all forms of motor sports.
  • Over 20 years of personal drag racing experience with numerous wins in the QUICK 16 field!
  • Rob is available to train and support any level of driver skill in both drag and road racing, as well as performing trackside maintenance and trailering.


  • ASE Certified Mechanics
  • Over 30 years of experience building, repairing and racing.
  • Experts in all phases of automotive performance.
  • The latest diagnostic equipment for all makes and models.
  • Complete customer satisfaction has always been our number 1 goal.


  • “Recently, Rob at Stage 1 did a ring and pinion gear swap on my 25th anniversary 7-up Mustang and they set up the new gears perfectly (absolutely zero noise) and the price was exactly what he quoted me before he started the job. I would recommend them to everybody driving a performance car (except my opponents. LOL)”
  • “Stage 1 is one of my favorite places in the world. I have been going there for over twenty years. I now live in Florida and I still go there. Talk to Rob at least once a month.”
  • “Rob and Dan at Stage 1are outstanding. They are meticulous with their work, and great to deal with. They will always call you and explain what you need to do and why. No one should even hesitate when considering doing work here. Simply a no-brainer.”
  • “Stage 1 Rocks! Rob just finished up a complete Borla exhaust on my Hemi Durango. Since 1996 I have been going to Stage 1 for my Porsche turbo and my 1969 MGB V8. They are experts and professionals.”


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