Born in 1909, Rogers drove his first race in 1934 in a stock car. He competed in his first Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1936. He first win at Pikes Peak was in 1940 and he also won the Lands End road race that year. He won the Pikes Peak Hill Climb four times in a row from 1948-1951. He scored a third place finish in the grueling Pan American road race in 1950 and ran the race from 1951 to 1953, always finishing the race.
In 1953, he managed a team of three factory Chevrolets that competed on Pikes Peak. The cars finished first, second and fourth. His famous number 9 Hill Climb car is on permanent display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.