Birth Date: June 12, 1973
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kan.
Resides: Kansas City, Kan.
Jennifer Jo Cobb lives by the words “never give up.” Her desire and determination have brought her to the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) to run the full 2011 season where she is contending for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Cobb also drives a limited Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule in the No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing Ford F-150, as she continues to inspire others, proving that age or gender is no obstacle.
Cobb’s love of motorsports began with her father, Joe Cobb’s, racing career. His accomplishments date back to 1976 and include hundreds of victories and awards. Among other accolades, he boasts of a track championship and Most Popular Driver honors. It’s safe to say that the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. Cobb cut her teeth on the same Kansas City short tracks that she watched her father compete at when she was growing up. She began racing in 1991 in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series at Lakeside and I-70 Speedways in the Kansas City area. She accrued numerous victories and finished in the top 10 championship standings every season she competed.
In June 2002, Jennifer made her ARCA Series debut at Kansas Speedway, finishing a respectable 16th position. She returned to ARCA competition in 2004 at her home track, Kansas Speedway, and scored a ninth place finish. Cobb ran two additional ARCA events that season at Nashville Superspeedway and Chicagoland Speedway, where she took home seventh and 10th place finishes respectively.
It was a breakthrough year in 2010 for Cobb. She acquired her own NCWTS team and raced her first full season in the No. 10 JJCR Ford F-150. Cobb tallied 18 top 25 finishes and closed out the year 17th in the final championship standings, which set a new precedent in NASCAR. Her point standing was the highest among females in any of NASCAR’s top three divisions since 1949. She completed the most laps of all female drivers in the top three series as well. Cobb’s average finish of 23rd in the NCWTS was higher than any other female competitor vying in NASCAR’s top divisions.
Cobb graduated to the NNS in 2011. She is racing the full NNS schedule for various teams as she pursues Rookie of the Year honors. In addition to Nationwide competition, Cobb is running select NCWTS events in her own equipment. She finished sixth in the Next Era Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, making her the highest-finishing female at the famed track in any of NASCAR’s top three series.
Off of the track, Cobb is a business professional and has almost two decades of marketing and advertising experience. Cobb has two clothing lines that she manages, Driver Boutique (www.DriverBoutique.com) and Driven for Men (www.DrivenMale.com) — merchandise for those who live “driven” lives. She holds an Associates degree in pre-journalism and is currently working on her broadcasting degree.
Cobb is dedicated to giving back to her community through numerous school appearances and community speaking engagements. A nationally registered speaker, she also delivers presentations to large corporate and government groups tying her racing experiences to business and life lessons. Cobb does about 50 speaking events and appearances each year.