NASCAR: Jennifer Jo Cobb, First Female Driver in Cup Series Since Danica Patrick, Making Debut at Talladega

by Madison Miller

Jennifer Jo Cobb is adding some female horsepower to the NASCAR Cup Series.

Cobb races in the Camping World Truck Series and is also a team owner. But she’s now making her very first appearance in a Cup Series race on April 25. She will be competing at the iconic racetrack, Talladega Speedway.

According to NBC Sports, Cobb is the first woman since Danica Patrick to race in the Cup Series. Patrick’s last appearance was in the 2018 Daytona 500. NASCAR has long seen disproportionate numbers in terms of gender out on the track. Racing has been dominated by men since it first started.

Since 1990, there have only been three women to race in the Cup Series. In general, Cobb will be the 17th woman ever to compete.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity with RWR, and greatly appreciate Arrowhead Brass for coming on board to help make this happen. It’s also exciting to have my longtime sponsor at Fastener Supply to extend their support as well,” Cobb said in a press release.

Jennifer Jo Cobb in NASCAR

While she is a stranger to the Cup Series, Cobb has been racing for a very long time. Cobb has been competing in NASCAR races for about two decades. She has racked up 216 Truck Series and 31 Xfinity starts during her career so far. She will appear at Talladega driving the No. 15 Chevrolet sponsored by Arrowhead Brass. Fastener Supply is also an associate sponsor.

In 2020, Jennifer Jo Cobb had a career-high 16 laps at Talladega Superspeedway and finished in 24th. She’s hoping Talladega will bring that same success for her April Cup Series race.

She is racing for Rick Ware Racing. The team has three other drivers competing on April 25 as well. But Rick Ware has not had any driver finish higher than 20th place. Cobb is actually the oldest driver at 47 and many are hoping her experience will allow for a good finish for RWR.

The Driver Also Owns Her Own Team

In 2011, Cobb started her own team called Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. She partnered alongside U.S. Army Family and MWR Command.

Cobb boasts more starts than any other female driver in NASCAR for any national series. But she does not have a first-place trophy to showcase her decades-long career in the sport yet. Despite not a lot of success with her small-time team, Cobb’s longevity and her ability to open doors for new opportunities for different people in racing have been impactful.

“There are so many things I wish I could have accomplished in 10 years. It seems like the biggest thing I’ve accomplished is longevity. There are a lot of things that people would shake their head at when you’re in a competitive sport because we obviously are a small team. But our sponsorships are abundant – just with smaller companies … The things we have been able to accomplish from a small-team perspective have been pretty phenomenal. I do wish there were more accomplishments, but I haven’t given up on still achieving some of those things I want to achieve. But I’m also very proud of some of the things we’ve overcome in 10 years’ time to still be racing,” Cobb said to NASCAR in August 2020.

Jennifer Jo Cobb continues to search for a win. Perhaps April 25 will get her one step closer.