posted November 21, 2000 10:20 PM
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2000
Outstanding Rookie Season For Second Generation Driver Lee Jacobs
Holmesville, Ohio - When Jacobs-Honecker Motorsports decided to add a 360
sprint to their team this season, they never dreamed of the success the team
would enjoy with an untested rookie driver. But 16 year old second generation
driver Lee Jacobs enjoyed a rookie season that any driver or team would envy.
Lee started the season with zero laps under his belt, other than a few
test laps on a closed track in his Uncle Dean Jacobs car two years ago. He
was a regular at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio where his dad, Kenny
Jacobs, Dean, and Uncle Ed Haudenschild had raced regularly over the years.
In his first two nights of racing Lee ran seventh in the heats and B
Mains. His third night out saw him run fifth in his heat, fourth in the
B-Main, and 17th in the A-Main. Week number four is when the whole season
changed for him. He won his heat and ran sixth in the A-Main. After making
the A-Main in week number three, he only missed one A-Main the rest of the
The next four weeks saw him run fifth, fourth, sixth, and second in the
heats. He then proceeded to win his heat the last five nights of the season.
His feature results those next four weeks included a B-Main win and ninth in
the A, twelfth in the A, just missing a transfer spot in the B, and finally a
second in the A-Main. The following week he was leading the feature by a half
lap when he got caught up in an incident with a lapped car with two laps to
go. He then ran tenth and fourth in the A-Main the next two weeks.
Then came the feature event on August 19th. This time there would be no
lapped car problems and Lee claimed his first feature win by holding off the
last lap slide job of Ed Haudenschild. Lee was handed a cell phone in victory
lane and called his father, who was racing in Oklahoma that night. He ended
the season at Wayne County with a third place finish in the A-Main.
His average heat race finish for the year was 3.2, while his average
A-Main finish was 8.2. If you throw out the 17th in his first A-Main and the
18th the night he was leading then taken out, the average feature finish
jumps to 5.8. All from a 16 year old with no competitive laps in a sprint car
before the season started. "You just don't expect that from a kid," says his
A mid-season trip to Attica Raceway Park saw Lee miss the transfer in his
heat. He transferred out of the B-Main and started 20th in the feature. He
then proceeded to go to the high side of the track and moved up to tenth at
the finish. "I couldn't believe he was able to run so smooth up there his
first time," said father Kenny.
Lee relates that he, "Never thought this season would be as successful as
it was." He was named the Rookie of the Year at Wayne County and has since
been nominated for the national 360 Rookie of the Year by the National Sprint
Car Hall of Fame and Museum. "It's pretty amazing, I never thought I would
have a chance at something like that," he said.
His dad hoped he would do good, but knew that it would be tough. But he
also said that, "With his equipment, if he's going to be a race driver, he
ought to win a feature." Kenny says that next year's plans are for Lee to run
a 410 sprint out of the Jacobs-Honecker shop. He is going to try to run as
many All Star shows as possible, but will run Attica when the All Stars are
too far away from home. His success has not stopped his desire to become a
veterinarian though. Kenny says, "We will demand that he goes to college, but
won't demand 8 years of it, as long as he gets a few years in." But, his dad
also says that he won't let him pass up a chance at good rides to follow the
Jeff Gordon-Tony Stewart path if he wants to go that route.
Once again, it looks as though another talented driver has produced a
talented son in the field of sprint car racing. If his dad's career is any
indication of what the son could accomplish, it looks as though Lee Jacobs
will have a very successful career behind the wheel of a race car.