September 16, 2011 was a big date at Delaware Speedway in the FT Garage Late Model division a couple of reasons. While Andrew Gresel was receiving his coronation as the champion, Marc Jacobs (#8) of London, finally broke through in heat race competition, hold off some of the toughest drivers around to capture his first checkered flag at the historic London-area half-mile.
Jacobs started his racing career at nine in the Junior Racing League at Delaware in 2002 at the age of nine, before adding Grand Bend Speedway to the mix, followed by a Mini-Truck. Jacobs stepped up to full-sized cars in 2009 in a FT Garage Late Model at Delaware, and slowly gained speed every week, cumulating in a sixth-place finish in the Great Canadian 200 that year. This allowed him to join a number of other former Junior Racing League racers competing under the Friday Night Lights.
Despite being just 19-years old Jacobs has had a number of highlights in his career, “I think being ranked in the top-500 in the Whelen NASCAR points standings for the last three years has to be it.”
Jacobs is backed by FM96, Rocky’s Harley-Davidson, and Raymond Brothers Tents and Awnings, and that solid support allowed him the dream of a lifetime last February as he traveled to Florida for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car racing at New Smyrna Speedway. Despite an opening practice session crash, the team scrambled to get the car fixed and were competitive the entire week.
Marc spoke about the experience, “It was an incredible trip, and we were able to learn so much. When you go there, you’re racing against the best of the best from all over North America, and we were competitive with them. I think that gaining that confidence is really going to help our race team in 2012.”