In addition to running a full-time Camping World Truck season in 2010, Jennifer Jo Cobb will also be starting off her race year behind the wheel of an ARCA car in Daytona.
Cobb will attempt to qualify for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 through a partnership with Bowsher Racing and Ray Mooi Racing. She will be driving the No. 21 Chevrolet and is currently seeking sponsorship for the event.
Cobb's first foray at Daytona came in the ARCA race in 2007. She attempted to qualify at that time without success as both an owner and a driver.
“Tough times produce tough people and boy, am I tough,” Cobb said. “Racing at all levels takes such a combination of the right people, money, and equipment."
"In 2007 I did not have all of those elements and it has taken me this long to regroup for a second attempt," Cobb continued. "I am most grateful for Ray Mooi for his vision and hard work in bringing us back here.”
Cobb attended the ARCA test at Daytona in December, along with several other female drivers including the likes of Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, and Alli Owens. In spite of the intense competition and media scrutiny, Cobb came out of the test with better results than even she expected.
“We worked hard on getting the car comfortable and developing a good line of communication," Ray Mooi, principal of Ray Mooi Racing, said of the test. "Being that Daytona was our first time working together, I was extremely impressed with Jen’s driving abilities and determination."
“We were able to work off each other and give her a great opportunity on the track," Mooi continued. "My overall goal was to give her the best situation possible to showcase her talents and I think we capitalized on that.”
Cobb tested 28th out of 63 teams overall. With speeds of over 180 mph, Cobb had several strong single car runs and even better drafting results, making her optimistic for the Daytona ARCA attempt.
Cobb’s previous ARCA Racing Series results include three top-ten finishes in as many starts in 2004. She debuted in the series at the Kansas Speedway in 2002, finishing 16th, and she has eight overall starts in the Series.
The ARCA race at Daytona is just one of many new ventures Cobb has planned in 2010. She has already announced that she will be competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a full-time basis and will vie for the Rookie of the Year honors in that venue.
"I went about putting an investment group together that could help me purchase tangible assets," Cobb said. "At the time, we were looking at a minor Nationwide schedule, but when I walked into Circle Bar Racing and fell in love with the trucks, I knew I could not let that opportunity pass."
Cobb also knows that the ARCA start, as well as her Truck Series run, may be just the beginning to her moving up into the Nationwide and even the elite Cup Series.
"I have been working, learning and moving my way through auto racing's big league ranks for eight years," Cobb said. "I have so much more to learn but I have developed a philosophy that more has to be done to ensure success up front—better equipment, people who care, and investors who are willing to take a risk."
"We have put those elements together," Cobb said. "I look forward to working with these teams to see how we can grow into a staple in these Series in 2010.”