Birthday: October 5, 1976
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
JJ Yeley is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. Yeley began his racing career at age 14. Beginning in Quarter Midgets then on to Sprint Cars, Midgets and Silver Crown cars. Winning and breaking track records along the way.
In 1998 at the young age of 21, a golden opportunity came about via the IRL IndyCar Series. After debuting in an Indy car at his hometown track – Phoenix International Raceway – he went to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to become the youngest driver (at the time) to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Yeley started the race in 13th and notched an impressive ninth-place finish.
Yeley won his first USAC Sprint Car Series championship in 2001. He followed up his USAC Sprint Car championship with a USAC Silver Crown championship in 2002, but nothing would prepare him for one of the most impressive seasons in USAC history. In 2003, Yeley reeled off an amazing 24 USAC wins, breaking the single-season record set by racing legend A.J. Foyt who won 19 races during the 1961 season.
In addition, Yeley became only the second driver in USAC history to win the “Triple Crown” by capturing the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown championships in a single season, joining JGR teammate Tony Stewart as the only other driver to accomplish that feat (1995).