J.K. Kelly

About the Author


Jim Kelly has been writing since grade school and was first published in Highlights Magazine responding to a question from the editor. While studying Journalism and Law Enforcement at Penn State University, on weekends he traveled across the country covering racing events as a photographer, feature writer, and columnist for motorsports magazines. He then went to work in Charlotte as the PR Director for Darrell Waltrip’s Gatorade 88 NASCAR team.

VP Racing Fuels

Kelly, JK to his closest friends, took time away from motorsport to help run the family business when his parents became ill. Eventually he was able to return to racing, and spent nearly thirty years as a Regional Manager and also served for a period as the Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing for VP Racing Fuels. VP’s founder Steve Burns and the new owner both acknowledged his “dedicated service, exceptional talents and strategic thinking.” Some of his many accomplishments include securing high-profile contracts with the Isle of Man TT, IMSA, World of Outlaws, Watkins Glen, and Santa Pod but his proudest was being regarded as “the best boss we ever had” by his team.

Super Stock and Drag Illustrated

Kelly lives near Philadelphia but visited Katmandu, Moscow, Hiroshima, Christ Church, Jerusalem and other interesting places around the world before finally hanging up his frequent flier status to spend more time with his growing family. Jokingly claiming he was the first “JK”, writing long before J.K. Rowling, he’s back at the keyboard now continuing to produce fiction and non-fiction reflective of his admiration for special people and places, his sense of humor, and his belief that his subject matter and writing style will continue to keep people way up past their bedtime laughing, crying, and wondering what happens next.