J. J. Yeley Pikes Peak Preview

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS FOR J.J. YELEY FOUNTAIN, COLO. (June 22, 1999) - The CARQUEST Silver Bullet Team with J.J. Yeley travel to Colorado, June 27 & 28, to compete at one of the nation's fast 1-mile paved ovals, the Pikes...

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CLASSIC NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS FOR J.J. YELEY

FOUNTAIN, COLO. (June 22, 1999) - The CARQUEST Silver Bullet Team with J.J. Yeley travel to Colorado, June 27 & 28, to compete at one of the nation's fast 1-mile paved ovals, the Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo. Yeley, of Phoenix, Ariz., will compete in the Rocky Mountain Classic 100 mile USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series event in conjunction with the Radisson 200 Indy Racing League event. "We are really looking forward to competing at Pikes Peak," comment Yeley, who has in the past has also competed in the Indy Racing League, including the 1998 Indy 500. "Neither myself, Rollie, or Gary have ever raced at Pikes Peak and it going to be a exciting challenge and hopefully a lot of fun." Practice for the Rocky Mountain Classic begins Saturday, June 27 from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Silver Bullet qualifying is slated Saturday from 2:45 until 4 p.m. Sunday's 15-mile qualifying race gets the green flag at 10:15 a.m. and the 100-mile feature starts at 2:45 p.m., followed by the IRL's Radisson 200.

Sunday's 100-mile race will be telecast on ESPN2 July 7 from 9 to 11 p.m. (EST). The defending race winner is John Heydenreich of Bloomsburg, Pa.

1999 USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet series standings: 1. Ryan Newman 222 6. Jimmy Sills 121 2. Russ Gamester 204 7. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. 114 3. Brian Tyler 171 8. Dave Steele 114 4. Robby Flock 153 9. Tracy Hines 111 5. J.J. YELEY 127 10. Derek Davidson 108

The Zarounian-Helmling Motorsports team is comprised of Rollie Helmling and Gary Zarounian. In the past two seasons, Zarounian-Helmling Motorsports has had the best record in the Silver Crown Series with four wins and nine top four finishes in only a 21 race run. In winning the last two races of the year, Zarounian-Helmling Motorsports is set to make an all out assault on the 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series Championship.

J.J. Yeley is a Phoenix, Arizona native; the 22-year-old Yeley is one of the brightest stars of open wheel racing today. The son of Judy and "Cactus" Jack Yeley, a seven time Arizona midget and two-time "World of Outlaws" midget champion, J.J. has made his presence known in midgets, sprint cars, Silver Crown and Indy Cars. J.J. was the youngest driver to compete in the 1998 Indianapolis 500 and he finished 9th. After winning many Sprint Car races in Arizona and California, J.J. came to the Midwest in 1997 to tackle the USAC Sprint Car Series, winning 5 events in his first season. Last he finished the season sixth in USAC Silver Crown points, with victories at Sacramento and St. Louis, his first two career Silver Crown victories. He had four top five finishes and was the only competitor in 1998 to win on dirt and pavement. This season J.J. will wheel the CARQUEST Silver Crown car at all fifteen of the United States Auto Club - Coors Light Silver Bullet Series races with his ultimate goal winning the USAC Silver Crown Championship for the CARQUEST-sponsored Zarounian-Helmling Motorsports eam.

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Series USAC
Drivers Ryan Newman , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , John Heydenreich , Russ Gamester , Jimmy Sills , Robby Flock