AJ was born on March 27, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois
to Arne and Barbara Henriksen. He grew up in Chicago where he began attending races with his father.
an extreme skateboarder and even attained sponsorships for his competitions. Given the choice of moving to san Diego and becoming
a professional skateboarder or racing, AJ followed his passion....racing.
He began his racing career in go-carts,
quickly moved up to late model cars and then advanced to the Arca/Remax Series. He has driven the #17 Fastenal-Engineered
Components Ford since 1995 in the Arca/Remax Series. He is a veteran of the USAR Cup Series, Concord Motorsports Park Late
Models - 1999, Indiana-based cars Late Models - 1999, and American Truck Series 1998-1999.
Recognized by sportswriter
Amanda Brahler as "one of the next - best candidates to move up". AJ led 30 laps on September 6, 2003 at the Chicagoland Speedway,
before blowing a tire. On September 27, 2003 AJ posted the fastest time in competition at Talladega, Alabama. His career best
finish was on October 9, 2003 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, where he finished second. In February 2004, AJ posted
the top speed at practice in Daytona. AJ has consistently run in the top 10 and has led in more than half of his races.
AJ works full-time on his car, in the shop as well as on the track. His workdays in the shop average about 12-14 hours
per day. However, AJ did spend his time off over Christmas, donating his energies to local charities.
resides in Mooresville and Salisbury, NC.