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John Paul Jr.

John Paul Jr, 1998 Indianapolis 500. Copyright Dudley Evans, 2009.  Used with permission.

John Paul Jr, 1998 Indianapolis 500. Copyright Dudley Evans, 2009. Used with permission.

Born:

19 Feb 1960
Muncie, Indiana

Died:

29 Dec 2020
Woodland Hills, California

Nationality:

United States

Indy 500s:

7 (1983-2001)

John had a long and successful career, despite his father's criminal activities, which saw a young John go to jail for obstruction. Paul, who was from a Dutch family, worked as a racing driver instructor and tutor. Sadly he lost his long fight against Huntington's Disease in the last days of 2020, having been diagnosed in 2001. The diagnosis led to a racing retirement and he also gave up the team managership of the Kenn Hardley Racing Infiniti Pro-Series team but it did lead to him raising awareness and money to combat the disease. His illness and his jail term disrupted what could've been a stellar career, but as it was John won one IRL race, one CART race and numerous IMSA races, including 2 Daytona 24 Hours (1982 and 1997) and one Sebring victory in 1982.

Biography last updated 30 Dec 2020