Owen Kelly

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Owen Kelly
Owen Kelly Road America 2013.jpg
Kelly at Road America in 2013
Born (1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 (age 37)
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
2013 position 63rd
Best finish 63rd (2013)
First race 2013 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (Watkins Glen)
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
3 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Car no., team No. 54 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2013 position 53rd
Best finish 53rd (2013)
First race 2010 Bucyrus 200 (Road America)
Last race 2013 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Mid-Ohio)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of November 17, 2013.
Previous series
1998–2000
2000–01
2001–04, 2007
2001–11
2008–09
2009
Australian Formula Ford Ch.
Australian Super Touring
Development V8 Supercar
V8 Supercar
UARA Stars Late Models
Rolex Sports Car Series
2013 NASCAR Nationwide car at Road America

Owen Kelly (born 12 March 1977) is an Australian racing driver. Son of Chas Kelly, he has competed over the course of his career in V8 Supercars and NASCAR among other series.

Career[edit]

Kelly started his circuit racing career in Formula Ford for three seasons, progressing to V8 Supercars in 2000. From there he has raced in Super Touring, V8 Supercars and NASCAR Late models. Late in the 2007 V8 Supercar season he was picked up as a full-time driver for Paul Morris Motorsport replacing Fabian Coulthard.

2010 NASCAR Nationwide car at Road America

In 2008 Kelly raced an asphault late model, for Dale Earnhardt Jr., at Motormile Speedway in Radford, VA. He wanted to pursue a career in NASCAR and hoped to move up the ladder to get the necessary experience (Kelly started at the weekly track championship level). In June 2010, Kelly made his NASCAR debut in the Nationwide Series, driving for Baker Curb Racing at the Road America road course.[1] He started ninth and finished fifth.[1] K1 Speed sponsored the car. For 2011, Owen Kelly made no official start in the series but relief drove for Marcos Ambrose at Montreal who was in Michigan for the Sprint Cup Series race. He practiced and qualified the car while Kelly turned the wheel to Ambrose for the race. It turned up that Ambrose actually won the race in that car. In 2012 he practiced and qualified a car again, this time for Kyle Busch who ran his first race at Montreal since 2009. Busch finished tenth in the race after starting from the back of the field due to the driver change. It ended up that Kelly did not end up making any other attempts in 2012 and Ambrose did not run the Montreal race that year.

After a strong performance for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Road America in the Nationwide Series in 2013, it was announced that Kelly would make his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing, at Watkins Glen International in August of that year.[2] Kelly finished 24th.[3]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1998 Australian Formula Ford Championship 14th Spectrum 06b – Ford SH Racing
1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship 10th Spectrum 07 – Ford Owen Kelly
2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship 8th Spectrum 07 – Ford Owen Kelly
2000/2001 Australian Super Touring Championship 7th BMW 320i Nemo Racing
2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series 4th Holden VS Commodore John Faulkner Racing
2001 Shell Championship Series 39th Holden VT Commodore Romano Racing
2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series 7th Holden VT Commodore Robert Smith Racing
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 40th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series 5th Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series 44th Ford BA Falcon WPS Racing
Dick Johnson Racing
2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series 37th Holden VZ Commodore Paul Weel Racing
Autobarn Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 50th Holden VZ Commodore Tasman Motorsport
2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series 24th Ford BF Falcon
Holden VZ Commodore
Ford Performance Racing
Team Sirromet Wines
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 23rd Ford BA Falcon Kitome Racing
2008 UARA Stars 35th  ?  ?
2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series 56th Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport
2009 UARA Stars 11th  ?  ?
2009 Motor Mile Speedway Late Models 52nd  ?  ?
2009 Rolex Sports Car Series 148th Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang Cobra GT
2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 32nd Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series 35th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 47th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2012 V8SuperTourer Championship 16th Holden VE Commodore M3 Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 47th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Complete Rolex Sports Car Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NASCAR statistics". Racing Reference. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Lee (July 19, 2013). "Finch confirms sale of Phoenix Racing". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  3. ^ Fox Sports (2013-08-12). "Misfortune and a late crash end Marcos Ambrose's hopes of a third-straight Watkins Glen NASCAR win". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 

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