Indianapolis, IN (4/12/00)-Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports is pleased to announce the filing of a second entry for this year's Indianapolis 500. The team has named Arizona native, Indianapolis resident, and Indy 500 veteran J.J. Yeley as...
Indianapolis, IN (4/12/00)-Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports is pleased to announce the filing of a second entry for this year's Indianapolis 500. The team has named Arizona native, Indianapolis resident, and Indy 500 veteran J.J. Yeley as the driver of the Jonathan Byrd/McCormack Motorsports / Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria / G-Force / Oldsmobile / Firestone Firehawk #29.
J.J. will be attempting to qualify for his second Indy 500, and his first Northern Light series race since Atlanta in 1998. Yeley finished ninth in his rookie effort at Indianapolis, and hopes to improve on that impressive 1998 Indy debut this year. Talking about his new deal with Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports, J.J. said, "I'm really excited to have another opportunity to be in the Indy 500. The first time I ran the race, it was a dream come true, it's where every race car driver wants to be, and to have a second opportunity to get there is a great thing to happen to me. I really appreciate what Jonathan Byrd / McCormack Motorsports is doing for me."
Talking about his new teammate, team driver Ronnie Johncox said, "I haven't had too many opportunities to race with J.J., but I do know that he's a great race car driver, and has won a lot of races in USAC and SCRA competition. He's run the '500'before, so I'll be looking to him to give me some advice and perspective on how to handle the track and the entire spectacle surrounding it. Last year I was a spectator, and this year I'm going to be a part of it, and I think that the more help that I can get, the better it will be for myself and the efforts of the whole team. I'm really looking forward to working with him."
Echoing his teammate's statements, J.J. said, "Having a teammate makes the situation that much better. Some people think that it detracts from the individual efforts, but I think it really makes the team stronger. Even though Ronnie and I will be driving different cars, we can share information on track conditions, tires, shocks, engines, and more. Anything that helps the team be more competitive, I'm all for it."
"J.J. is a tremendous talent, and he has been successful in everything he's driven." said Jonathan Byrd. "We were looking for a veteran to put alongside Ronnie, and J.J. was just what we were looking for." Dennis McCormack added, "J.J. and Ronnie have different strengths and should play off of each other very well. I believe adding J.J. to our efforts at the Speedway will makes our team stronger, and we will be even more competitive because of it."