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Art Velez and John James "JJ" Carrell are a team of Border Patrol Agents on The Amazing Race 20 and a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 31.

In Season 20, they were very intense racers, which translated them to being unbearable to most of the other teams, even somehow turning Bopper & Mark, a team they gave $5,000 of their own leg prize money to, against them. They managed to win three of four legs not won by Rachel & Dave and looked like the only team with a chance of unseating them in the finale. A mistake early on while trying to find "Mauka and Makai" dropped them to last. However, they would manage to recover and take the lead heading into the final Roadblock thanks to the mistakes made by the other two teams, but Art would struggle with the sledding Roadblock, getting passed by both Rachels, and they would end up 2nd.

Returning for Season 31, they came in a lot less aggressive than in that season. While this meant they were much less rude, they also didn't have the same drive that led them to be so successful in their first season. After landing in Japan they had more trouble than anyone else in finding a clue vendor. Despite that, that they still had a chance to catch up after Rupert & Laura got lost looking for the Roadblock until Art's legs cramping up led them to take a 4-hour penalty giving Rupert & Laura enough time to catch up and resulting in them being the first team eliminated this season.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1][2]

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.

Previous season: The Amazing Race 20

JJ Carrell

Age: 49
Hometown: San Marcos, California
Current occupation: Border Patrol Agent / Immigration Enforcement
Describe what you do: I am a Watch Commander (LT in police) in the USBP. Enforce Immigration Law.
Three words to describe you: Loyal, strong, and determined.
Favorite hobbies: Playing football, taking my son to the skate park, and coaching my son in sports.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Adopting my son Joseph.
What scares you most about traveling? Being stuck somewhere with no way out.
What excites you most about traveling? Everything about experiencing new cultures, sights, smells, and people.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Russia, because of the history.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Seeing the world through the eyes of the Race. Fast, overwhelming, and exciting.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers.

Art Velez

Age: 49
Hometown: Temecula, California
Current occupation: Federal Agent
Describe what you do: Arrest criminals entering the country illegally and those smuggling illegal contraband.
Three words to describe you: Humorous, outgoing, and positive. Favorite hobbies: Competitive shooting, golfing, and barbecuing.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My son attending the U.S. Naval Academy.
What scares you most about traveling? Getting arrested.
What excites you most about traveling? Exploring new wonders.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? New Zealand to see the Southern Lights.
What do you hope to accomplish by running the Race with your partner (other than winning one million bucks)? Travel to new places, experience different cultures, and meet new people.
Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers!

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 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.

The Amazing Race 31

Race History

Art & JJ's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Japan No Detour JJ 11 of 11 [2][3]
Art
Average 11.00
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 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
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
~ The team that lost the Double Battle.

Notes:
2: Leg 1 had two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.
3: Art elected to quit the second Roadblock, thus he and JJ took a 4-hour penalty at the Roadblock site starting from the arrival of the next team. Rupert & Laura, the only team trailing, finished the Roadblock and checked in at the Pit Stop before their penalty was up.

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.[3]

Trivia

  • Art & JJ have the greatest drop in placement by a returning team, from finishing 2nd in The Amazing Race 20 to 11th in The Amazing Race 31.
  • Art & JJ are the only Race team in The Amazing Race 31 to not win a leg.
  • Art & JJ are the only team on The Amazing Race 31 to incur a penalty.

External links

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"

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