Jerry Coons Jr. on Dec. 27, 2007. Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Although his father, Jerry Coons, started the family auto racing business, and was one of Tucson’s top drivers in the 1960s, his son, Jerry Coons Jr., became an international success on the USAC circuit, winning 2006 and 2007 national championships around the country, winning more than 18 races, as far away as New Zealand and Australia.

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