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Art & JJ
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Team Profile
Members Art Velez
John James "JJ" Carrell
Age 43 (Art)
42 (JJ)
Hometown Temecula, CA (Art)
Carlsbad, CA (JJ)
Relation Best friends
Occupation Border patrol agents

The Amazing Race 20

Legs Competed 12
Legs Won 3
Placement 2nd
Average Position 2.25
Roadblock Count Art: 6
JJ: 5
Countries raced Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Argentina Flag of Paraguay Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Germany
Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Tanzania 150px-Flag of India.svg Flag of Japan
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Art Velez and John James "JJ" Carrell are a team of Border Patrol Agents on the 20th season of The Amazing Race.

Profile

Art

  • Age: 43
  • Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
  • Connection to your teammate: Friend/Co-worker
  • Current occupation: Border Patrol Agent 
  • Describe what you do: I tell others what to do, how to do it, and I prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country. 
  • How will these skills help you win The Race? I have the ability to adapt, adjust, overcome and make split second command decisions.
  • Three words to describe you: Funny, hilarious and good looking.
  • Favorite hobbies: Shooting guns in competition, golfing and smoking/cooking meats.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Ben Affleck
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?  My incredible son and my marriage.
  • What scares you most about traveling? Getting arrested in a foreign country. 
  • What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing different cultures.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: My partner needs to understand and learn that not everyone in the world is stupid.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: His botox shots, plucked eyebrows and those loafers.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Spoke highly of New Zealand and they were wonderful people. 
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I want to see my partner cry on national television because I am his boss and he is a wuss.

JJ

  • Age: 42
  • Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Connection to your teammate: Friend/Co-worker
  • Current occupation: Border Patrol Agent 
  • Describe what you do: I supervise an anti-smuggling group of 20 agents in the United States Border Patrol.
  • How will these skills help you win The Race? I have to make quick and decisive decisions.  I also have to think clearly and make sound decisions under extreme pressure.
  • Three words to describe you: Honest, funny and solid.
  • Favorite hobbies: Going to the beach, reading and working out.
  • What famous person reminds you of yourself? Goose in "Top Gun."
  • What famous person reminds you of your teammate? The Tasmanian Devil.
  • What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Adopting my son.
  • What scares you most about traveling? Getting sick.
  • What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing other people and cultures.
  • Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We always yell at each other.  We need a smooth communication pattern.
  • Pet peeve about your teammate: His stupid gold chain that holds his badge.
  • What country and place would you most like to visit and why? New Zealand, because I want to experience the people and the culture.
  • What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? A better working relationship and better communication.

The Amazing Race 20

Race History

Art & JJ's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Argentina No Detour Art 3 of 11
2 2 Argentina Boil My Water / Light My Fire JJ 2 of 10
3 3 Argentina → Paraguay Stacked Up / Strung Out Art 1 of 9
4 4 Paraguay → Italy Used Fast Forward 1 of 8
5 5 Italy → Germany Fairy Tale / Champion Male Art 1 of 8
6 6 Germany → Azerbaijan Apples / Oil JJ 2 of 7
7 7 Azerbaijan → Tanzania Marksmanship / Courtship No Roadblock 3 of 6
8 8 Tanzania Water Supply / Air Supply Art 3 of 6
9 9 Tanzania → India Cricket / Clutch It JJ 3 of 5
10 10 India Pachyderm / Pack a Box Art 4 of 5
11 11 India → Japan Bingo Shout-Out / Photo Cut-Out Art 2 of 4
12 Japan → United States No Detour JJ 2 of 3 [1]
Art
Average 2.25
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: Leg 12 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.

Post-Race

  • Gave half of their ten thousand dollars that they won on leg 5 to Bopper & Mark (for Bopper to pay the medical bills of his daughter who has a respiratory problem), who had come in last, but turns out to be a non-elimination leg.
  • Art & JJ appeared on The Price is Right for a The Amazing Race special that aired on May 25, 2016. However, Art & JJ did not compete themselves.[1]

Trivia

Interviews

  • Susan Gonzales at Yakkity Yaks (05/09/2012): "The Amazing Race: The Yak Chats with 2nd Place Winners Art and JJ!"
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (05/08/2012): "Elimination Interview: Art & JJ"
  • Daniel Fienberg at Hitfix.com (05/10/2012): "The second place border agents discuss their Race journey"
  • Catriona Wightman at Digital Spy (05/08/2012): "It just wasn't our day"
  • Gina Scarpa at Reality Wanted (05/08/2012): "The Amazing Race 20: Exclusive Interview with Art Velez and JJ Carrell"
  • Reg Seeton at The Deadbolt (05/08/2012): "Reliving The Amazing Race with Art Velez and J.J. Carrell"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (05/09/2012): "Exclusive: Art Velez and J.J. Carrell talk 'The Amazing Race" [Parts 1 & 2]
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (05/08/2012): "We Don't Care If People Think We're Jerks"

Social Media Profiles


References

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