Jennifer Jo Cobb is an American racing driver and team owner. She is competing in NASCAR since 2004, participating in more than 160 races in the Truck Series and the Busch/Nationwide/Xfinity Series. Her team Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing is active since 2010.
The beauty that rides the beast
Following father's footsteps
Jennifer was born on June 12th, 1973, in Kansas City. Her father, Joe Cobb, was a race car driver, so Jennifer also was interested in racing as a teenager. She started racing in 1991 at Lakeside Speedway. After ten years of racing in various competitions, Jennifer debuted in the ARCA Series in 2002, driving Pontiac for Roberts-Albright Racing and finished 16th in her first race in Kansas.
Just two laps of driving in NASCAR debut
In 2003, she again had just one race in the ARCA Series and then expanded her schedule to three races in 2004, scoring top 10 finishes in all three races. At the end of the season, she debuted in the NASCAR Busch Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway, driving the #50 Chevrolet for Keith Coleman Racing. She didn't drive much because she crashed on lap 2.
Jennifer debuted in NASCAR in 2004
Jennifer Jo Cobb designed a clothing line
Cobb's next appearance in the Busch Series followed in 2006 at Kansas Speedway, with Jay Robinson Racing's Ford. Besides racing, Jennifer was known as a creator of clothing line for female race fans called Driver Boutique. With earnings from cloth sales, she financed a few participations in the Busch Series and ARCA Series during 2007. She failed to qualify in three Busch Series races with Mike Harmon's car and competed only in the ARCA race at Kansas Speedway for her father's team.
NASCAR Truck Series debut in 2008
In 2008, Jennifer qualified in four races in three different series, including a debut in the NASCAR Truck Series with Derrike Cope Racing. She participated with Derrike Cope's car in one race (Kansas) of the 2009 Truck Series and later joined Boys Will Be Boys Racing at Talladega.
The best ever result on JJC #10 truck was 6th place in 2011 at Daytona
Jen the driver became Jen the owner
The milestone year for Jennifer was 2010 when she purchased the #10 Ford truck from Rick Crawford and founded her own team Jenifer Jo Cobb Racing. She competed full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and finished 17th in the final classification after 25 races. Jennifer's best result was 14th place in two races, at Texas Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway.
Video : Jenifer's 2010 crash involving Johnny Chapman at Subway Jalapeno 250
Only Danica is better
With 17th place finish in the 2010 Truck Series season, Jennifer became the highest female points finisher in the history of three major NASCAR Series to that time. Two years later, Danica Patrick set the new record with 10th place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Jennifer Jo Cobbb in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sixth place as a NASCAR Truck Series best ever result
In 2011, Jennifer continued to race with her own #10 truck in the Camping World Truck Series, participating in twelve races. She had a bigger program in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, competing in 18 races with three different teams. She started the season with 2nd Chance Motorsports' #79 Ford, continued with Rick Ware Racing's #41 Ford and finally she entered the competition with her own #13 car (Ford and Dodge).
In twelve Truck Series races during 2011, Jennifer's best result was sixth place at the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona. In the Nationwide Series, she wasn't better than 26th.
Jennifer Jo Cobb owned #10 truck team since 2010
Driving with three cars in the 2013 Truck Series
In 2012, Jennifer Jo Cobb again focused on the Camping World Truck Series and competed in 15 races with her own team. Her best result was 16th place at Kentucky. She returned to the Truck Series in 2013 and participated in 16 races with the #10 team and three different cars (Chevy, Ram and Ford). Her best finish was 17th place at Kansas Speedway.
Career-best season finish in 16th place
One more full season in the Truck Series followed in 2014. Jennifer was driving #10 car in 21 races and again she scored her best result at her home track in Kansas City when she finished 13th. Jennifer was among top 20 finishers six times during the season, which was her record. She also scored her career best result at the end of the season, finishing 16th in the points.
Jennifer's incident at Lucas Oil 200 at Dover
Watch out, Jennifer is (walking) on the track!
One more successful season, with seven top 20 results and 17th place in the final classification, followed in 2015. Jennifer was driving her own #10 Chevrolet Silverado. Besides her driving, she was most known because of a few incidents.
At Dover's Lucas Oil 200, she spun on the track and approached Tyler Reddick's car on foot, risking her life and an even bigger accident. She received a $5,000 fine from the officials.
Jennifer Jo Cobb's 'phone-in-the-car' incident
$7,500 fine, but good commercial for the smartphone
She was penalized one more time during practice at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. After she crashed, Jennifer was caught on camera removing a cell phone from her truck. As a phone was forbidden inside the car, Jennifer was fined $5,000, plus an additional $2,500 because she was still on probation for the incident with Tyler Reddick.
In 2017, Jennifer Jo Cobb enters one more season of the NASCAR Truck Series, the eighth in a row, with her own team.