Owen Kelly

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Owen Kelly
Owen Kelly 2016 Road America.jpg
Kelly at Road America in 2016
Born (1977-03-12) 12 March 1977 (age 42)
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2013 position63rd
Best finish63rd (2013)
First race2013 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (Watkins Glen)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
5 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNo. 18 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
2016 position48th
Best finish48th (2016)
First race2010 Bucyrus 200 (Road America)
Last race2016 Road America 180 (Road America)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
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
Statistics current as of 27 August 2016.

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

Racing career[edit]

2013 NASCAR Nationwide car at Road America

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.

In 2008 Kelly raced an asphalt 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]

Kelly is of no relation to Todd or Rick Kelly, the latter he co-drove with at the 2010 and 2011 Bathurst 1000s.

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
Shell Championship Series 39th Holden VT Commodore Romano Racing
2003 Konica V8 Supercar Series 7th Holden VT Commodore Robert Smith Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 40th Ford BA Falcon Ford Performance Racing
2004 Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series 5th Ford AU Falcon Dick Johnson Racing
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
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
UARA Stars 11th ? ?
Motor Mile Speedway Late Models 52nd ? ?
Rolex Sports Car Series 148th Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang Cobra GT
2010 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 32nd Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
V8 Supercar Championship Series 35th
NASCAR Nationwide Series 100th Ford Mustang Baker Curb Racing
2011 International V8 Supercars Championship 47th Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing
2012 V8SuperTourer Championship 16th Holden VE Commodore M3 Racing
International V8 Supercars Championship 47th Kelly Racing
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 63rd Chevrolet SS Phoenix Racing
NASCAR Nationwide Series 43rd Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing
2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series 48th Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing

V8 Supercar results[edit]

V8 Supercars results
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Final Pos Points
2000 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VS Commodore PHI PTH ADL ECK HDV CAN QLD WIN OPK CDR QLD SAN BAT
Ret
NC 0
2001 Romano Racing Holden VT Commodore PHI ADL ECK HDV CAN PTH CDR OPK QLD
9
WIN BAT
13
PUK SAN 39th 432
2002 Glenn Seton Racing Ford AU Falcon ADL PHI ECK HDV CAN PTH ORP WIN QLD
Ret
BAT
DNS
SUR PUK SAN NC 0
2003 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon ADL PHI ECK WIN PTH HDV QLD ORP SAN
8
BAT
Ret
SUR PUK ECK 40th 164
2004 Dick Johnson Racing Ford BA Falcon ADL ECK PUK HDV PTH QLD WIN OPK SAN
Ret
BAT
17
SUR 44th 214
WPS Racing SYM
21
ECK
33
2005 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore ADL PUK PTH ECK CHI HDV QLD OPK SAN
Ret
BAT
6
SUR 37th 220
Perkins Engineering SYM
31
ECK
33
2006 Tasman Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore ADL PUK BRG WIN HDV QLR ORP SAN
Ret
BAT
15
SUR SYM BAH PHI 50th 180
2007 Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon ADL PER PUK WIN ECK HDV QLD OPK SAN
3
BAT
13
24th 63
Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore SUR
28
BAH
22
SYM
27
PHI
24
2009 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
HAM
R3
HAM
R4
WIN
R5
WIN
R6
SYM
R7
SYM
R8
HDV
R9
HDV
R10
TOW
R11
TOW
R12
SAN
R13
SAN
R14
QLD
R15
QLD
R16
PHI
Q

23
PHI
R17

Ret
BAT
R18

15
SUR
R19
SUR
R20
PHI
R21
PHI
R22
PTH
R23
PTH
R22
SYD
R23
SYD
R24
55th 134
2010 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1
YMC
R2
BHR
R3
BHR
R4
ADE
R5
ADE
R6
HAM
R7
HAM
R8
QLD
R9

PO
QLD
R10

PO
WIN
R11

PO
WIN
R12

PO
HDV
R13
HDV
R14
TOW
R15
TOW
R16
PHI
Q

23
PHI
R17

4
BAT
R18

16
SUR
R19

14
SUR
R20

6
SYM
R21
SYM
R22
SAN
R23
SAN
R24
SYD
R25
SYD
R26
35th 501
2011 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore YMC
R1
YMC
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
WIN
R10

PO
WIN
R11

PO
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14

PO
TOW
R15

PO
QLD
R16

PO
QLD
R17

PO
QLD
R18

PO
PHI
Q

22
PHI
R19

8
BAT
R20

22
SUR
R21
SUR
R22
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SAN
R25
SAN
R26
SYD
R27
SYD
R28
47th 220
2012 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
PER
R7
PER
R8
PER
R9
PHI
R10

PO
PHI
R11

PO
HDV
R12
HDV
R13
TOW
R14

PO
TOW
R15

PO
QLD
R16

PO
QLD
R17

PO
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q

21
SAN
R20

27
BAT
R21

13
SUR
R22
SUR
R23
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
WIN
R26
WIN
R27
SYD
R28
SYD
R29
47th 187

Complete Rolex Sports Car Series results[edit]

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

Rolex Sports Car Series results
Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
2009 Blackforest Motorsports Mustang Cobra GT Ford GT DAY
29
VIR NJ LAG WAT MDO DAY2 BAR WAT2 CGV MIL HOM 148th 2
2011 Marsh Racing Corvette Chevrolet GT DAY HOM BAR VIR LRP LAG WAT1 MDO DAY2 NJ WAT2 CGV
14
MIL 95th 17

NASCAR[edit]

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

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Pts
2013 Phoenix Racing 51 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN
24
MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 63rd 01

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2010 Baker Curb Racing 27 Ford DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA
5
NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM 100th 155
2011 Richard Petty Motorsports 9 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX TAL NSH RCH DAR DOV IOW CLT CHI MCH ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH IRP IOW GLN CGV
QL
BRI ATL RCH CHI DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM NA -
2012 Kyle Busch Motorsports 54 Toyota DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN CGV
QL
BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM NA -
2013 Joe Gibbs Racing DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV IOW MCH ROA
4
KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH
23
BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 53rd 62
2016 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH
16
BRI ROA
17
DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 48th 50
- Qualified for Marcos Ambrose · - Qualified for Kyle Busch.

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Complete Bathurst 1000 results[edit]

Year Team Car Co-driver Position Laps
2000 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VS Commodore Australia Aaron McGill DNF 2
2001 Romano Racing Holden VX Commodore Australia Paul Romano 13th 159
2002 Ford Performance Racing Ford AU Falcon Australia Glenn Seton
Australia David Besnard
DNF‡ 102
2003 Ford Performance Racing Ford BA Falcon Australia David Besnard DNF 115
2004 Dick Johnson Racing Ford BA Falcon Australia David Brabham 17th 157
2005 Paul Weel Racing Holden VZ Commodore Australia Nathan Pretty 6th 161
2006 Tasman Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore Australia Mark Noske 15th 159
2007 Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon New Zealand Matt Halliday 13th 161
2009 Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore Australia Russell Ingall 15th 160
2010 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Rick Kelly 16th 161
2011 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore Australia Rick Kelly 22nd 159
2012 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore New Zealand Greg Murphy 13th 161

* Events highlighted in green denote designated co-driver role

‡Kelly practiced but did not start due to illness.

References[edit]

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

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