Jegs High Performance

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JEGS High Performance
Industry Performance Automotive Equipment Mail Order
Founded 1960 in Columbus,Ohio
Founder Jeg Coughlin Sr.
Number of locations
Owner John Coughlin, Troy Coughlin, Mike Coughlin, Jeg Coughlin, Jr.

JEGS High Performance is the second largest mail order company of automotive equipment in the United States. It sells performance auto parts, aftermarket accessories, tools, and race apparel. JEGS was founded by Jeg Coughlin Sr. in 1960 as a small speed shop. [1] Since its inception, the business has remained family owned and operated. [2] Over 55 years, JEGS has expanded to include a 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) warehouse, two mail order locations, retail store & Team JEGS Race Team. The company has approximately 350 employees. [3]


Jeg Sr. started JEGS Automotive Inc. in a garage near downtown Columbus, Ohio, simply because there was no other place in the Midwest to get the high-performance auto parts he and his friends needed to modify their hot rods. As word spread that JEGS had everything automotive enthusiasts and racers would ever want, the "garage" grew into a company that quickly became successful.

When Jeg Sr.'s four sons, John, Troy, Mike, and Jeg Jr., were old enough, they bought the business from their dad with his assistance & achieved new heights, each managing a different department to maximize effectiveness. JEGS High Performance has become a giant in the automotive industry with a retail store, two call centers, and massive distribution warehouse that delivers more than $250 million worth of products each year to rodders and racers all over the world.


With seven NHRA World Championships, sixteen Division Championships, and well over 100 victories at the national, divisional, and local levels, Team JEGS is among the most accomplished racing entities in the 60-year history of organized drag racing.

John is a racer who has shifted focus to his son Cody's career in circle track racing; Cody competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series. John's daughter, Kennedi, enjoys ice skating.

An NHRA Pro Modified Champion, Troy Sr. has joined his son Troy Jr. in a two-car Pro Mod effort for 2015. Troy Jr. also competes in NHRA's Sportsman Class. Troy Sr.'s daughter, Meghan, races when she can, while sisters Paige & Kelly drive Junior Dragsters.

Mike continues to find success in Sportsman Classes, plus mentors his sons Jack and Clay in drag racing and other sports.

Jeg Jr. is a six-time NHRA Champion, winning his fifth Pro Stock title in 2013 as one of drag racing's greatest drivers. His son, Jeg III, is a championship golfer in high school.

Cancer research[edit]

Jeg Sr., his sons, and their families created the JEGS Foundation Racing for Cancer Research program to benefit James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. With 100% of proceeds going directly to cancer research, the JEGS Foundation Racing for Cancer Research program has raised several million dollars. Team JEGS also sets up mobile cancer screening centers at NHRA weekend events to keep the topic front & center with thousands of drag racing fans.

The foundation’s distinctive logo is a ribbon featuring the black & white motif of racing's checkered flag filled in with various cancer awareness colors. It adorns every race car and crew member uniform across the Team JEGS motorsports platform.

In June 2013, the JEGS Foundation donated $10 million to OSU's Foundation for Cancer Treatment & Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. The new lobby of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute was named the "JEGS Foundation Lobby" to commemorate the donation.


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