Engines is owned and operated by Jerry Lemke.
He has almost 35 years experience in the industry.
Jerry and his staff have operated out of their well-equipped facility at
over 20 years. Through hard work and
attention to detail JAMR, has developed relationships with race winning and
championship winning race drivers and teams at almost every level of automotive
competition. From the local short
tracks to the national scene JAMR’s presence has been well felt.
JAMR has built engines for oval track, drag, hot street, and even stock
vehicles. On the local scene, at the legendary Rockford Speedway, drivers John
Knaus, Bobby Wilberg, and Ricky Bilderback have combined for 14 late model
championships. JAMR’s number of
Rockford Speedway championships is over 20 if you include efforts in the hobby
stock and mini stock divisions at the track!
The names of drivers using JAMR engines can be found many times on a list
of winners of
National Short Track championships.
you can find an impressive list of winners and champions using JAMR’s engines.
Additional track championships have been captured by drivers utilizing
JAMR powerplants at tracks in
Well-known Midwestern short track hero Joe Shear was one of the first to
successfully campaign a JAMR engine, and he acquired many trophies from the
former ARTGO challenge series. Ricky
Bilderback led laps and competed amongst the top 10 in ASA races with a
specialized JAMR six cylinder. The
before mentioned Knaus and Bilderback’s local championship efforts have
resulted in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series division crowns.
Brett McCoy also won the NASCAR Short Track series division crown using a
JAMR four cylinder motor.
has had relationships with drivers known on the national racing scene. In the
late 1980’s and early 1990’s journeyman racer Jim Sauter competed in what
was then known as the Winston Cup series (now Sprint Cup) utilizing an engine
assembled in the JAMR shop. The 2003 NASCAR Craftsman
Truck Series champion, Travis Kvapil, got his career started with a championship
in Rockford Speedway’s mini-stock program and a Rookie of the Year title in
the super late division at Madison International Speedway. JAMR’s racing
success is not just limited to stockcars. Open
wheel racer David Gough captured the 1998 and 2004 UMARA midget championship, a
feature win in the 2003 edition of the prestigious RCA Dome indoor midget event
as well as the USAC national feature at
in 2004, and
made starts in the Silver Crown series utilizing engines prepared at JAMR.
Chuck Johnson won a class title in the Baja 1000 with a JAMR engine.
engines can also be found in drag racing engines, hot street, and nostalgic
vehicles. The October 2001 issue of
Hot Rod Magazine features a 1968 Camaro complete with a JAMR big block.
JAMR has also assembled engines for a 1927 Marmon, big block speedboats,
as well as experimental aircraft.