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  • Semi OT: Jayski on JJ Yeley

    IS THE IRL INSANE? WE'LL TAKE HIM: J.J. Yeley --

    ... leading all three of the United States Auto Club's highly-competitive open-wheel divisions and is trying to duplicate Tony Stewart's triple crown of 1995, recently broke a USAC record set by A.J. Foyt in 1961. His work ethic is right out of Foyt's era as he takes care of his sprint car and knows as much about a chassis and engine as any mechanic. At 26, he's very clever, handsome, articulate and marketable. Yeley is the ideal American oval-track racer and the perfect peg for the puzzle that has become Tony George's Indy Racing League, which was supposedly formed to restore deserving USAC drivers to Indy-car prominence. A series now dominated by road racers, foreign drivers and Japanese engines is crying out for a Heartland Hero from Indy's grass roots heritage like Yeley. But, unless one of the IRL's owners suddenly wises up and notices this kid's pedigree, he's headed south to join Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler and Stewart. Yeley will be yet another USAC star swallowed up by NASCAR's vortex because nobody in the all-oval IRL is paying attention. "I haven't heard from anyone in the IRL all year but several NASCAR teams have called me," said Yeley, who qualified for the 1998 Indianapolis 500 at age 21 but has only been employed to drive the IRL's two-seater around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since that May. "There's nothing I can do about who's interested and who isn't. I don't have anyone chasing me in the IRL right now and that's fine by me. I've got some things happening in NASCARland and you know that's where the racers are going right now. There's nothing available in the IRL for us USAC guys. Our future is in NASCAR."(see full Robin Miller story at ESPN), imagine the IRL with Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler and Tony Stewart...and NASCAR without them.(8-13-2003)
    "...American open-wheel racing is based around the most famous oval track in the world -- the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So how in the world does it make sense to center the majority of the IndyCar Series on street courses, road courses and foreign events?..." Terry Blount, ESPN

  • #2
    Quit these rants about American oval track racers...who needs 'em...the IRL is on it's way to being the premier racing series in the USA...can't you understand that...

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    • #3
      hey, he was employed to drive in the IRL the last several races of the 2000 season.

      i think i'll send a letter.
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      • #4
        This is Robin Miller's article as stayed in the bit from jayski, but here's the link
        http://espn.go.com/rpm/others/2003/0812/1594663.html
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        • #5
          Originally posted by D Byrd
          hey, he was employed to drive in the IRL the last several races of the 2000 season.

          i think i'll send a letter.
          Byrd, I think they over-simplified it, but the idea they were conveying was correct.:mad:
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          • #6
            Originally posted by hdolan [/i]
            Quit these rants about American oval track racers...who needs 'em...the IRL is on it's way to being the premier racing series in the USA...can't you understand that...


            Good luck in the taxis, J.J. It's been fun following your career.
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            • #7
              Re: Semi OT: Jayski on JJ Yeley

              Quoting JJ
              "I've got some things happening in NASCARland and you know that's where the racers are going right now.
              OUCH!
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              • #8
                Perhaps we could get him in touch with Toyota or Honda. They seem to be doing an effective job of telling teams who and what they can run and when.

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                • #9
                  I mean no disrespect to Yeley, because he's great and I would love to see him back in the IRL, but maybe the IRL owners are a little wary. John Menard gave him a golden opportunity for Stewart's open seat and he never really impressed anyone.

                  Same thing with Leffler, Casey Mears and Steele. All good rides at the time but not impressive. I know it takes time and everybody deserves a 2nd chance, but that's not the way it seems to be going in the IRL. The cream seems to rise to the surface pretty quick. Tony S., Sam H. as examples. Some people have what it takes to race Indy cars and some don't. Simple as that.

                  Believe me, I respect what Yeley does and I personally think it's the most difficult and artful form of racing, but I'm sure some of the worlds greatest drivers would never be able to master a sprintcar on dirt.

                  I hope he get's another chance and kicks axx!

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                  • #10
                    ...imagine the IRL with Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler and Tony Stewart...and NASCAR without them.
                    Five championships, around seventy cup wins, untold number of poles, the winningest driver of 2003. No, these guys aren't worthy of the IRL.

                    One thing will be interesting though, that is how Toyota will try to dictate their will to Gary Nelson when the enter the Nextel Cup.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bill Wicker
                      I mean no disrespect to Yeley, because he's great and I would love to see him back in the IRL, but maybe the IRL owners are a little wary. John Menard gave him a golden opportunity for Stewart's open seat and he never really impressed anyone.

                      Same thing with Leffler, Casey Mears and Steele. All good rides at the time but not impressive. I know it takes time and everybody deserves a 2nd chance, but that's not the way it seems to be going in the IRL. The cream seems to rise to the surface pretty quick. Tony S., Sam H. as examples. Some people have what it takes to race Indy cars and some don't. Simple as that.

                      Believe me, I respect what Yeley does and I personally think it's the most difficult and artful form of racing, but I'm sure some of the worlds greatest drivers would never be able to master a sprintcar on dirt.

                      I hope he get's another chance and kicks axx!
                      I just wish the owners would be as willing to endure the short tracker's learning curve as they have been for Scheckter and Wheldon. I do belive there is a double standard at work here.

                      jmart

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                      • #12
                        "I do belive there is a double standard at work here."

                        I've seen others post the same thoughts and I've thought it also...In all honesty I really cannot say why though...how do you pass on a guy who has been a proven winner...

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                        • #13
                          JJ's under contract with Ford, right?

                          Wonder if that Ford deal allows him to drive an IRL car.

                          I too think he should at least have a shot at the IRL but if he's got a contract signed that precludes him from doing that, I'm not gonna lose a lot of sleep over it.
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                          • #14
                            Oh yeah, here's an old thread where I posted quotes from JJ himself about why he wasn't in the IRL.
                            http://motorsportsblog.blogspot.com/

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                            • #15
                              Bill Wicker,

                              I don't believe that John Menard gave JJ a golden opportunity at Stewart's open seat. That one went to Greg Ray as soon as the season ended.

                              John Menard stopped "funding" JJ's ride with Sinden after Indy in 1997, IIRC. Stewart did not step out of the series until after the 1998 season.
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