Author and script writer Brock Yates, Sr. once described Judy Stropus as a “racing personality” since her career in motorsports has covered a gamut of disciplines – including her unique (some call it savant-like) ability to accurately time and score endurance sports-car races before the introduction of computers – driving race cars, and becoming an author and an award-winning public relations expert.
Probably best known as a professional timer/scorer, Judy has worked with top teams such as Penske Racing in Can-Am, Trans-Am and at the Indy 500, Bud Moore Racing, BMW, American Motors, Al Holbert’s Porsche IndyCar team, the Porsche teams of Ted Field, Bruce Leven, Bob Akin, Dick Barbour, Wayne Baker, Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers, Chevrolet factory teams and many more. She is “famous” for having the ability to score 24-hour races without taking a break. In 2021, Judy was inducted into the Motor Sports Hall of Fame of America.
After she retired from timing, Judy grew the public relations side of her business, JVS Enterprises. Although technically retired, she continues to work on special motorsports projects, including the Chattanooga MotorCar Festival, Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, among others.
A special fun fact: Judy competed in the notorious Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1972. Actress Adrienne Barbeau played a character loosely based on Judy in the movie, “Cannonball Run.”
Judy lives in Ridgefield, Conn., is the author of “The Stropus Guide to Auto Racing Timing and Scoring” and the editor of a number of racing books, including two annual editions of “Auto Racing USA.”