P. J. Chesson

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P. J. Chesson
PJ Chesson 2007 Indy 500 Saturday.JPG
P. J. Chesson at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007.
Nationality American
Born (1978-12-09) December 9, 1978 (age 38)
Far Hills, New Jersey
Related to James Chesson (brother)
IRL IndyCar Series
Years active 2006–2007
Teams Roth Racing
Hemelgarn Racing
Starts 5
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 22nd in 2006
Previous series
2000–2003
2004–2005
World of Outlaws
Indy Pro Series

Peter Lawrence Chesson, Jr (born December 9, 1978 in Far Hills, New Jersey) is an American race car driver who most recently competed in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series.

Career[edit]

P. J. driving in IPS on the Streets of St. Petersburg in 2005

He made his professional debut in sprint cars in 1998 and from 2000 to 2003 was one of the top drivers in the World of Outlaws winged sprint car series. In 2004 he suddenly decided to change his career path and drove in the IRL's Infiniti Pro Series winning his first three races and finishing fourth in series points despite missing three races. He was announced as the driver for Hemelgarn Racing's car in the IndyCar Series in 2006 with new backing from NBA star Carmelo Anthony. The partnership was dubbed "Carmelo Hemelgarn Racing". The deal was brokered through the IRL's new marketing partner, Simmons-Abramson Marketing, made up of rock legend Gene Simmons and entertainment industry vet Richard Abramson. Chesson started the first 4 races of the season, the last being the Indianapolis 500, where he and teammate Jeff Bucknum tangled on the second lap and finished in the last two positions. Chesson has numerous tattoos, including one of the 2006 Indianapolis 500 logo that he had applied in public at the Speedway during the final day of qualifying. Since the demise of his deal with Hemelgarn, Chesson did not return to the Indycar Series until the end of the 2007 season when, in another Simmons/Abramson brokered deal, Chesson was announced as the second driver for Roth Racing alongside team owner Marty Roth with both cars sponsored by fashion label Dussault Apparel. He made his 2007 debut at the final race of the season at Chicagoland Speedway and finished 19th after mechanical gremlins sidelined him for over 100 laps. Chesson resides in NJ with his wife, country music singer/songwriter, Jamie Chesson and his Rottweiler Rex. PJ and Jamie have two kids, Cash and Presley.

Racing record[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2004 Mo Nunn Racing HMS PHX INDY KAN
8
NSH
6
MIL
2
MIS
1
KTY
1
PPIR
1
CHI
5
FON
2
TXS
5
4th 317
2005 Genoa Racing HMS
11
PHX
14
STP
7
INDY TXS IMS NSH MIL KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON 17th 61

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2006 Hemelgarn Racing HMS
12
STP
17
MOT
17
INDY
33
WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI 22nd 54
2007 Roth Racing HMS STP MOT KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MIS KTY SNM DET CHI
19
29th 12

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2006 Dallara Honda 20 33 Hemelgarn

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