Adam Yeoman and Jordan Schulze have known each other since high school and played in a band together. They toured in England and the United States, traveling from town to town playing their music.
The FY Racing team opened with a fifth-place finish in the Sno Drift Rally in January and followed with an eighth-place finish in the 100 Acre Wood Rally.
The two didn't miss a beat when they decided to switch from music to rally racing. They share driving duties for the FY Racing team. After starting the rally racing season with a pair of top-10 finishes, the drivers have not finished the past three races, but it hasn't discouraged them from wanting to end the season on a high note.
Adam Yeoman and Jordan Schulze share driving duties for the FY Racing team.
"We've both done a lot of projects together," Schulze said. "We work well together. It's everybody's input going into this thing."
Yeoman said his relationship with Schulze outside of racing has helped build a productive unit on the rally circuit.
"Jordan and I have been friends for years," Yeoman said. "We both played in bands and toured together for years and years. I've known him since I was in high school."
Despite the recent setbacks, Yeoman said he is optimistic that his rally team can put together a podium finish before the end of the season.
"In the end, we're still a pretty young team," Yeoman said. "We've probably only been together 18 months. Every race we're learning stuff. The team is working better together."
One of the reasons Yeoman said his team can put a podium effort together is the result from the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally in Pennsylvania. The rally race team was running in second place, trailing Ken Block, when their car's engine failed. Yeoman and Schulze did not finish the race.
"From there we've been hit by a string of bad luck," Yeoman said. "Mechanical issues, that's kind of happened through the last three rallies."
A gear box failure took the team out of the Oregon Trail Rally in Portland in May. In the team's most recent race, the New England Forest Rally in Maine, the car had engine problems from the start and didn't make it through a third of the race.
"The guys worked all through the night taking the engine out, changing the head gasket, getting the engine back in the car," Yeoman said. "It was not a great result, but it's good for the team to work together like that."
The team is going through a rough patch, but the start of the season was much more promising.
The FY Racing team opened with a fifth-place finish in the Sno Drift Rally in Minnesota in January and followed with an eighth-place finish in the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Missouri. But the past three races put a huge damper on their championship hopes.
"As far as points go, I think we're out luck," Schulze said. "On the surface it's kind of bad. Lots of positives, it doesn't show on the surface."
Using K&N air and oil filters will be a big part of team's plans for a turnaround in the last couple races of the season.
"Like in every race car, every little piece is important," Yeoman said. "They do the job better than any other product can. Especially in the rallies, it's terrible, dusty conditions. They're awesome."
The team is continually making improvements on its rally car. Yeoman said it is part of the reason his crew is so passionate about rally racing.
"We're always upgrading," Yeoman said. "The thing the team really likes is the constant development of the cars. We try to fabricate as much as we can in house. We all enjoy doing it and we got a pretty good machine shop here. I don't think we've ever gone to a race without some sort of upgrade package from the previous race."