While Paris, France is far removed from Yonkers, where the talented Bartlett plies his trade on a nightly basis, he doesn't lack experience in these events. In 2009, in Norway, he was chosen to represent the U.S., and after adapting to the somewhat different style of European racing, with varied distances and directions, managed a credible sixth place finish.
In 2011 he was again chosen to represent the U.S., when the World Championship was conducted on more familiar turf, but an auto accident on the fourth of July sidelined him and the very capable Corey Callahan jumped in the rigging to manage a second place finish to Canada's talented Jodi Jameson.
Bartlett, a three-time Yonkers driving title winner, is a Maine native who now resides in Goshen N.Y. with his wife Kristen and two young sons, Kobe and Karter. Bartlett was among the many deserving and able candidates who were considered by the USTA.
Bartlett has generated some nearly $46 million in purse money to date, with 4,581 wins. His talents are sought after by many able trainers such as Linda Toscano and a host of others. Multiple victories on a single night are not uncommon for Bartlett, who also unselfishly gives much of his time in aid of the track's various publicity ventures, such as the ESPN commercial, and perhaps more reflective of the man and his character Jason devotes time to charitable endeavors -- most recently helping in the Westchester County Food Drive.
When asked if he was excited about going to the City of Lights for a rematch, Jason's face lit up, and he said, "I'm really jacked up big time about this great opportunity and want to thank the USTA for giving me another go."
With his talent, the Thurman Munson Award winner will not disappoint his Yonkers' Raceway fans or the game itself. The SOA of NY wishes him the very, very best on behalf of an entire industry.