Jared Irvan, son of Kim Irvan and retired NASCAR Cup driver Ernie Irvan , has been behind the wheel of some sort of racecar for the past 11 years. Jared began driving go-karts on the family dirt track in Mooresville, NC, when he was four years old, often driving with and racing against his dad.
"Jared was so small then that we had to make special pedals so that he could reach them, but loved driving and seemed to have really good instincts for getting around the track," Ernie recalled.
At the age of six, Jared began racing Quarter Midgets at the North Carolina Quarter Midget Association (NCQMA) Speedway in Salisbury, NC. Jared experienced a multitude of success in the Quarter Midget ranks and hones his skills against the best in the country.
In 2011, Jared moved into the USAC Ford Focus Midget Eastern Young Guns Series; Jared won the series championship with three wins and eight top five finishes. In the beginning of 2012 Jared jumped into the EasternIgnite Midget Series. Jared racked up much success and ended the season with a championship in his first year racing in the series.
In the fall of 2012, Jared made the jump into late models to be competing in select PASS South races, making his first start at Hickory Motor Speedway where he finished seventh in a field of 28 cars. Continuing his year, Jared finished 3rd at Caraway Speedway, and also finished a close second to Ross Kenseth at South Boston Speedway. In addition to the late model, he also ran the 2012 Legends Big Money 100 feature race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, finishing fifth overall.
Over the last couple of years, Jared has continued to race in the PASS South Super Late Model series. With limited starts each year, Jared has had tremendous success. He's had two wins, one at Anderson Motor Speedway, and just recently at the season opener at Dillon Motor Speedway. During his career he's had 24 Top 10 Finishes, 14 Top 5 finishes, 8 Top 3 finishes, and 3 Pole positions.
Jared is a freshman at the College of Charleston, and still splits his time between racing whenever he gets a chance and pursing a college degree.