The Joel Willman BioAs a 37 year old 4th generation race car driver Joel is carrying on the Willman Racing family name. He has been fortunate enough to been involved in racing from a very early age. Joel was born December 7th, 1973 in Fort Hood, TX while his father Kelly was a member of the first U.S. Army Drag Racing team, from that point on his life was and has been involved in the auto racing world. The Willman name is something Joel has been trying to keep going as his family has done since the early 1900's.
Having a great uncle Tony Willman, being a member in the Indianapolis Hall of Fame, National Sprint Car and Open Wheel Hall of Fame, and the Badger Midget Hall of Fame, is something the entire family is very proud of. Many of Joel's family members have been race drivers as well from many of his uncle's to an aunt on occassion would climb behind the wheel of a car and wheel it around the Hales Corner Speedway, in Milwaukee doing Demolition derbies for Crazy Jim's.
In 1995 Joel himself was crowned "King of the Derby" winning the Crazy Jim's Demo Derby with a field of 144 cars. Since starting racing himself at an early age, joel hasn't always been a driver. In 1994 he worked as a crew member/tire carrier for Euromotorsports Racing a then PPG Indy Car/IMSA race team based in Indianapolis, IN. That was a pivotal year for him, as he was a part of Jay Cochran's Ferrari 333sp winning team. After the team was shut down, Joel headed back to Milwaukee, WI where he became a mechanic, tire changer for Fanetti Motorsports with 3 time Iceman Champion Dennis Berry, as the driver.
This is where he really learned how to do set-up, and chassis work on ASA type cars, as well as Super Late Models. Since that time, Joel has been able to hone his skills racing many different types of race cars from dirt Midgets, IMCA/WISSOTA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Super Stocks, Ashpalt Modifieds, Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, and currently NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model. Before ending his career his ultimate goal is to make his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Campiong World Truck Series, or NASCAR Nationwide Series for one or two races.
With this goal in mind he believes, that with his desire and love for the sport anything is possible.