Jennifer Jo Cobb began racing in 1991 and has proven to be a tough competitor in the world of auto racing. She has numerous victories under her belt and finished in the top ten championship standings for every season she competed in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Lakeside and I-70 Speedways in the Kansas City area.
In June 2002, Jennifer debuted in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Kansas Speedway, finishing a respectable 16th position. In just her second national race, she finished 9th on the lead lap (after running as high as 2nd) at Kansas Speedway on June 5th, 2004. This was Cobb’s first race with a new team and car, all of which she had not been acquainted with until the race weekend. Jennifer went to Nashville Super Speedway for the first time on qualifying day and after only about an hour of practice, she qualified 9th out of 45 drivers. This was Jennifer’s first time on a concrete surface track and she finished 7th on the lead lap out of 41 starters.
Chicagoland Speedway presented a new challenge when Jennifer’s fuel pump failed in qualifying, which forced Jennifer to start in the back with a provisional starting spot. After starting 39th, Jennifer quickly moved up to 3rd within 60 laps. Her car encountered some minor front-end damage on the front left headlight and the lower hood during a caution which really tightened up the car and hurt the aerodynamics. However, in spite of the damage, she still held on to her 3rd consecutive top-10 finish on the lead lap.
Jennifer’s success in the 2004 ARCA RE/MAX Series events led to an opportunity to make her NASCAR Busch Series debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November of 2004. Jennifer qualified 28th out of 53, including 17 full- and part-time NEXTEL Cup drivers.
Jennifer has garnered a great deal of local and national media attention. Jennifer was interviewed during the pre-race SPEED Channel Broadcast before the start of the Nashville SuperSpeedway ARCA RE/MAX Series Race in August 2004. She also received numerous favorable mentions and coverage during the Nashville Broadcast and the Chicagoland Speedway ARCA RE/MAX Series Broadcast. She was interviewed on ESPN Radio on Qualifying Day at Nashville and after the Kansas Speedway ARCA Race in June 2004, she was covered prominently by the NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, UPN and WB affiliate stations in Kansas City.
Jennifer’s fan base and popularity has grown quite a bit as well. You can find people buying and selling various versions of Jennifer’s autograph collector cards on eBay on any given day. In addition, Jennifer gets more Internet Search Engine Searches than many NASCAR drivers that have been racing on national television for years. Jennifer continues to hone her driving skills by testing at many tracks and working at the Richard Petty Driving Experience where she logs over 1,000 laps per weekend at many NASCAR-sanctioned racetracks, such as Daytona Int’l Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, California Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and many others.
Off of the track, Jennifer is a business professional and has almost two decades of marketing and advertising experience. She holds an Associates degree in Pre-Journalism is currently working on her broadcasting degree. She currently co-hosts a television program on Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports TV Channel called Inside Motorsports, now in her fourth season. In addition to appearing on the cover of the national racing magazine, Stock Car Spectacular, she has been featured on local and national radio programs and has headlined in newspapers across the country.
Over Jennifer’s career, she has received corporate support from Red Bull, RadioDisney, Pepsi, AquaFina, Spaghetti O’s, Hilton/DoubleTree Hotels, Great Wolf Lodge, Nick-N-Willy’s Take-N-Bake Pizza, AirWaves-An Authorized NEXTEL Dealer, e10 Energy Drink, Entercom Radio, American Academy of Family Physicians, Vanguard Airlines, Gold’s Gym, Hunkler Eye Centers, Kansas City Kansas Board of Public Utilities, Hereford House Restaurant, CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Providence Medical Center, Picturesque Homes, Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club, 610sports Radio, Liberty Memorial Association & Museum, Saint John Hospital, 98.1 KUDL Radio, Virtumundo, RealMedia Sports, Discount Body Shop Supplies, Wagner’s Collision Repair and Layne Machine.
Jennifer is dedicated to giving back to her community through numerous school appearances and community speaking engagements. A nationally registered speaker, she has also delivered presentations to large corporate and government groups tying her racing experiences to business and life lessons. Jennifer does about 50 speaking events and appearances each year. Jennifer’s love of auto racing began with her father, Joe Cobb’s, racing career. His accomplishments date back to 1976 and include hundreds of victories and awards, including a track championship and most popular driver award. Joe continues to compete in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series premier Modified division at Lakeside Speedway, a 1⁄2 mile dirt oval in Kansas City, Kansas. Jennifer focuses on an athletic, healthy and active life style.
Her career in racing, broadcasting, journalism and professional speaking has always had her in the public eye. Jennifer’s future ambitions include competing full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and eventually racing in the NASCAR SPRINT Cup Series.
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