IRL: J.J. Yeley Biographical Information

Name: J.J. Yeley Born: 10/05/76; Phoenix, Arizona & Indianapolis, IN Lives: Pheonix, AZ Marital Status: Married (Kristen) At the age of 23, J.J. Yeley is a nationally recognized name in the world of open-wheel racing. Respected for his ...

Name: J.J. Yeley
Born: 10/05/76; Phoenix, Arizona & Indianapolis, IN
Lives: Pheonix, AZ
Marital Status: Married (Kristen)

At the age of 23, J.J. Yeley is a nationally recognized name in the world of open-wheel racing. Respected for his competitiveness and sportsmanship, J.J. is not your ordinary driver.

In his short racing career, J.J. has made his presence known in midgets, sprint cars, Silver Crown and Indianapolis type cars. And, has competed against the best that SCRA, USAC, The World of Outlaws and The Indy Racing League have to offer.

The son of Judy and "Cactus" Jack Yeley, a seven time Arizona Midget and two time "World of Outlaws" midget champion, it was a given that J.J. would one day drive a race car. At the age of ten, J.J. began driving quarter midgets. Four years later, he was behind the wheel of a full midget. By the time he turned 17, J.J. was driving 410 non-winged sprint cars on a full time basis.

Described by the media as being honest, personable and articulate, J.J. is making new fans around the country. His friendly and outgoing personality makes J.J. easily accessible to his fans. At any race you can find J.J. spending time with them before and after the racing activities. It is estimated that J.J. signed more autographs than any other driver at the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

Signing to drive Dave Waltemath's GT Racing sprint car, J.J. barnstormed his way through the 1999 season. Racing with both the SCRA and USAC, J.J. finished second in both the Non-Wing World Championship Tour and Indiana Sprint Week. He also competed in his first full season of the USAC Silver Crown series finishing 8th in the season championship. Outside of racing, J.J. married girlfriend Kristen in December.

J.J.'s fan friendliness, combined with his determination to win and remarkable driving talent, clearly place him in a position of achieving his life long goal. Having a long and successful career in racing.

1991

Rookie of the Year with the Arizona Midget Racing Association.

1992

Voted "Most Improved Driver" with AMRA.

Recieves United States Auto Club driver's license at age 16. The youngest driver to do so in USAC history.

1993

Invited to participate in the International Midget contest in Auckland, New Zealand.

1994

Sets five Sprint Car Racing Association track records in his rookie year. NOTE: Two of the five records set that year have not been broken!

Named Rookie of the Year with the SCRA.

Awarded the "National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year" honor by the Knoxville Museum and Hall of Fame panel of voters.

1995

Sets the six lap track record at the Imperial Raceway in El Centro, California.

Wins his first non-wing sprint car feature at Chico, California's Silver Dollar Speedway.

Becomes the youngest driver in SCRA history to win a main event.

Follows up his non-wing win with a main event victory in a winged sprint car at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.

1996

Begins the season with four wins in 11 starts with the SCRA.

Sets the six lap track record at Kings Speedway in Hanford, California.

Sets the one lap track record for non-winged sprint cars at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California.

1997

Wins SCRA season opening, "A.J. Foyt's Cavalcade of Sprints - Salute to the Copper World Classic", from the 16th starting position. An SCRA record.

Wins 27th annual "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute Indiana.

Wins "Jim Hurtubise Memorial Sprint Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute Indiana.

Only USAC rookie to score back to back wins at Terre Haute.

Sets 30 lap record, for non-wing sprint cars, at the Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix Arizona.

USAC "Indiana Sprint Week" champion. Recipient of the Hulman/George Cup.

Recipient of the Walt Kennedy Special Recognition Award.

USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

1998

Wins both main events at SCRA's season opening "Winter Classic" at Manzanita Speedway. Breaks his own 30 lap track record during Friday's race.

Qualifies for his first Indianapolis 500 at 218.044mph., making him the highest qualified rookie in the field.

Finishes 9th in the 82nd Indianapolis 500.

Wins first USAC Silver Crown series event at Sacramento's Cal. Expo Mile.

Wins second, consecutive, Silver Crown race at Gateway International Speedway (Madison, Il).

1999

Finishes second in USAC Indiana Sprint Week.

Wins first Non-Wing World Championship "$10,000 to Win" main event at Manzanita Speedway.

Finishes second in Non-wing World Championship points standings.

Completes first full season of USAC Silver Crown racing, finishing 8th in points.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers J.J. Yeley , A.J. Foyt