DJ Vanderley:
Racecar Driver & Mechanical Engineer

Mooresville, North Carolina

About Me

Career Overview


 I have always been highly passionate and motivated when it comes to my career. Stemming from dedication to my collegiate scholastics, and reaching to my passion for auto racing, I have always been successful at what I have attempted. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in May of 2014, I have since worked for top tier NASCAR teams as a race engineer.


Racing has always run deep in my life. I first began racing at the age of five and have acquired multiple championships from that point at every level of competition. I have built my cars from the ground up, and know every aspect of the vehicle while acting as my own crew chief and engineer. I feel that my experience at the top of the sport has made me a better driver and I am able to diagnose the car better than my peers.

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Driving Career


I began my career behind the wheel in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama, by accumulating five track championships in champ karts. From there I progressed to the INEX Legend Car series and won two state championships. My move into a full sized vehicle brought multiple wins in the ASA Pro Truck Series in the late 2000s. Between a few seasons in an ASCS Sprint Car and the Skip Barber road course series, I amassed four championships in a pro late model before my move to super late model which brought me to the  brink of winning the Snowball Derby in 2011 in a rookie effort. Transitioning from asphalt to dirt, we are now pursuing more events in sprint cars and midgets.

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Engineering Career


After graduating from Auburn University in May of 2014, I moved to North Carolina to pursue a job in the top tiers of NASCAR. I landed my first job at Richard Childress Racing as an engineer in the Cup series. My first stint as a traveling race engineer came with them on the Xfinity Series car driven by Brian Scott. I moved over to Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2016 to work with rookie standout Christopher Bell and together captured his first NASCAR win on asphalt. Currently I work at Stewart-Haas Racing with upcoming driver Chase Briscoe. My past two years at SHR were spent with Cole Custer, with whom in 2017 we won the season finale in Homestead-Miami Speedway, and then together captured the Xfinity Series Owner's Championship in 2018.

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I was born to my wonderful parents, Dan and Linda, who successfully founded and run VDL Fuel Systems. I am also fortunate enough to have a twin sister, Dana, along for the ride. Dana graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2014 with a physics degree and now resides in Fort Leonard Wood working as an engineer in the Army. My biggest personal accomplishment came on New Year's Eve of 2017 when I married my beautiful bride, Jordan. Together we have a home in the community of Mooresville, North Carolina.



When I'm not at the race track I enjoy to spend my time... at the race track. I own a FA X30 kart that I try to compete with on my off weekends. If I'm not there I can be found somewhere in the mountains on my Harley Davidson Forty-Eight sportster. In the summer, we enjoy beautiful days on the waters of Lake Norman. My most recent addition has been to get involved in iRacing; while I'm not a professional sim racer, I feel it helps to keep my skills sharpened when I'm not in the seat.

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DJ VanderLey

Mooresville, North Carolina, United States

(251) 802-0618