Jonathan broke into the racing world in and the word "success" has been synonymous with his career. In his first two years of racing in the "Thunder Car" Division at the local 3/8 mile asphalt oval, Jonathan was able to claim numerous awards including Rookie of the Year, Fan Favorite Driver of the Year, Best Appearing Car and Team, and Most Improved Driver. During the second season Jonathan not only grabbed the Mid-Season Championship, but also held on to take the ultimate prize; the Thunder Car Division Championship. An already impressive racing resume in just two short years! It was time for new challenges.
Year three would see Jonathan and his team move up into the second tier division at the track where he would be able to put his driving skills up against some of the tracks most notable veterans. Five wins in just 20 starts that season proved that the young gun had what it takes to be successful. Along with the five wins, Jonathan was able to drive to 17 top five finishes. In his first year in the division he earned a second place season finish and Rookie of the Year honors. The team earned Best Appearing Car and Team awards for the second straight season! Jonathan also became one of the youngest drivers to compete near the front of the field in two American Speed Association (ASA) events.
After the third season was complete, the team worked hard on coming up with a competitive car that would challenge within the ranks of the Mid-American Stock Car Series. And challenge they did! It was time to hit the road. Traveling to various tracks in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, the team raced to victory lane five times that season and boasted 14 top ten finishes in just 18 starts. The "hot shoes" around the Midwest were taking notice!
2005 was spent honing both driver and team skills in the ranks of the ultimate level of racing available around the Midwest. Week after week, left turn after left turn, no matter what state was visited, the Eilen Motorsports team was one to be reckoned with. They showed they had what it takes to be successful at any level, under any set of circumstances
In 2006 the Eilen Team continued to run in the Late Model Division at their local track along with running a few races in the Wisconsin Challenge Series. An assembled group of guys and gals worked hard to remain under the banner of "success" to maintain their position at the top of the charts. Jonathan finished fifth in the prestigious Oktoberfest 100 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
2007 brought many weekends of racing for the Eilen & Sons Motorsports Team as Jonathan raced in two series; one at the local Elko Speedway and the second in the newly formed ASA Midwest Tour. During the 2007 season Jonathan became the first ever to win a feature race in the ASA Midwest Tour, winning the first race of the series that was held at Elko Speedway. Along with the inaugural win, Eilen was able to finish in 6th place in both series at the end of the racing season. Jonathan was also honored with the prestigious "Rookie of the Year" Award in the ASA Midwest Tour that featured the most talented drivers in the Midwest.
2008 was another busy year for Jonathan and the Eilen & Sons Motorsports Team as Jonathan, once again, competed in both the Elko Speedway Series and the ASA Midwest Tour. Eilen finished both series in the 9th position to complete another successful race season. Eilen & Sons Motorsports also received "Best Dressed Team" and "Car Owner of the Year" (going to Jonathan's father, Tom) honors at the ASA Midwest Tour Banquet.
In 2009 the Eilen & Sons Motorsports team decided to focus on the ASA Midwest Tour for the race season. This left time for Jonathan to get some exposure in the ARCA series, where he raced at Kentucky Speedway and Berlin Raceway. With qualifying rained out in Kentucky, Jonathan started at the back of the pack and finished a respectable thirteenth. Berlin Raceway brought Jonathan’s first crash in the ARCA series as he was well on his way to the lead. Although neither race ended in Victory Lane, they were both great experience for the young driver. Jonathan finished the ASA Midwest Tour with 4 top-fives and 5 top-tens and finished fifth in the final point standings. The Eilen & Sons Motorsports team was also awarded Best Dressed Car and Crew at the Oktoberfest Race Weekend in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
2010 brought some unfortunate luck to Jonathan. The first two races of the season did not fair well with a fourteenth finish after some car trouble in Madison and a twenty-second finish in Elko after the alternator failed. The third, and final race, of the season ended in heart-break for Jonathan and the Eilen & Sons Motorsports team. With only three laps to go, Jonathan’s right rear tire blew as he came out of Turn 2 at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jonathan’s car was sent into the wall at a high speed leaving Jonathan with a fracture in his lower back and four broken ribs. Jonathan was unable to drive a race car for the rest of the season. Everyone on the Eilen & Sons Motorsports team is anxious for the 2011 season when Jonathan will return to the ASA Midwest Tour as a series Touring Star.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 12:53|
Jonathan Eilen - Behind the Wheel