Full Name: John Paul
Birth date: February 19th, 1960
Birthplace: Muncie, Indiana
Residence: Southern California
Corvette Racing 1999
John Paul Jr. is a former race car driver in CART and the Indy Racing League and winner of the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring while co-driving with his father John Paul Sr. After becoming the youngest ever IMSA champion, he made 21 CART starts from 1982 to 1985 with a win at Michigan International Speedway and 8th position in points in 1983. Paul also finished 2nd in the 1984 Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race with Preston Henn and Jean Rondeau in a Porsche 956. Paul’s racing career was interrupted in 1986 when he was incarcerated for refusing to testify against his father over a drug trafficking charge. He would return to the series in 1989, but only drove in the Indianapolis 500 from 1990 to 1994. Respectable performances with obsolete race cars characterized this period of his career.
The formation of the Indy Racing League gave Paul a second shot at a competitive career. Despite driving a two-year-old car for a new team, he led 22 laps in that year’s Las Vegas 500K before finishing 15th. In 1997, he competed with a contemporary Indy car for the first time since 1985, and promptly finished 15th in the points. The next year, he started the season with PDM Racing and Team Pelfrey before landing a competitive ride with Byrd-Cunningham Racing. He broke through to win the 1998 Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and finished an IRL career best 11th in points.
In his seven Indy 500 starts he has a best finish of 7th in 1998. He made his last IRL start in 1999 and retired from racing after failing to qualify for the 2001 Indy 500.
John Paul Jr. raced for Corvette Racing in their first season 1999 as the third driver in the #3 car.
24 Hours of Le Mans Race History
|Year||Position||Drivers||Car||Team||Class||Position in Class|
|1982||9th||John Morton / USA
John Paul Jr. / USA
Alain Cudini / F
|#72 Ferrari 512 BB LM||North American Racing Team||IMSA GTX||4th|
|1984||2nd||Preston Henn / USA
John Paul Jr. / USA
Jean Rondeau / F
|#26 Porsche 956||Preston Henn||C1||2nd|
|1995||DNF||John Paul Jr. / USA
Chris McDougall / CAN
James Mero / USA
|#30 Corvette ZR-1||Corvette Team||LM GT1||Unclassified|
DNF – Did Not Finish – Engine failed on lap 57
Courtesy of Nigel S. Dobbie, Author of Corvette Racing: The GT1 Years