Jacob Loomis is an American racecar driver that is young, energetic, personable, marketable, and very talented behind the steering wheel. Currently a junior attending Connections Academy High School, focusing his academics studies on the STEM program. Jacob has been winning races and championships since the age of five.
Jacob began his racing career in the North Texas area. He won many local and regional karting races in route to being noticed by factory teams. While racing in the junior shifter class, Jacob was invited to become a factory driver for the dominant Intrepid Factory Team. The team was able to showcase his talents allowing him to win races nationally in the SKUSA Pro Kart series including wins at the prestigious Supernats race in Las Vegas. In 2015, at the age of fifteen, Jacob made the switch from karts to cars, beginning his professional racing career.
Jacob spent the 2015 racing season testing in a Formula Mazda and after getting his SCCA license he competed in his first open-wheel car race in December. The first race weekend could not have gone better, as Jacob was able to put his Formula Mazda car on pole and breaking a long standing track record in route to taking home two race wins.
Jacob’s first full season of formula car racing proved to be a very positive one. He was able to win eight races, break two more track records, and put his Formula Mazda on pole as well as setting a new track record at the prestigious SCCA National Runoffs at the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Jacob was able to cap off the season by being named one of four finalist for the World Speed Rising Star Award.
Jacob recently showed his versatility, driving a Porsche Boxster sports car in the WRL endurance race at the Circuit of Americas. Starting in the back of the 82 car field Jacob was able pass his way up to fifth by the time his two hour stint was finished and in the process setting the forth fasted lap of the race.
Off the track, Jacob works as a driver coach and mechanic for drivers at local karting tracks as well as the local race car tracks. Jacob spent each day of his summer months working for Texas Autosports at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, Texas wrenching, testing, assisting and coaching test drives, as well as building Formula Mazda race cars under the guidance and supervision of top notch mechanics and car builders giving Jacob knowledge and exposure to many aspects of racing.
In June 2017, Jacob made his Cooper Tires USF2000 presented by Mazda debut with Team Pelfrey at Road America.
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** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Team Pelfrey, the 2011 rebirth of memorable IndyCar operation Team Pelfrey, ventures back into professional open-wheel racing with an important goal in mind: help and develop new talent. The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear as part of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system proves to be a perfect medium for owner Dale Pelfrey to showcase his latest foray into the world of professional motorsports and the business model is to not cut any corners in doing so.
Pelfrey’s formula for molding a team is no different to that of the company he founded and led for over 30 years, Enginetics Aerospace who specialized in the design and manufacturing of jet engine components for the international market—hire the best, acquire the best, and demand the best in order to achieve the most. Team Pelfrey is no different and has already proven it thus far with the decisions that Pelfrey has made in setting up his new venture.
Pelfrey’s last stint as a team owner was in the IZOD IndyCar Series from 1998-2000 which had such drivers as Danny Ongais, Memo Gidley, Bryan Tyler, Billy Boat, Robby Unser and John Paul Jr., who led 39 laps of the 1998 Indianapolis 500. Pelfrey also gave current IndyCar Series owner and successful female driver Sarah Fisher her first ride in an IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway in 1999.
In addition to his business ventures and IndyCar past, Pelfrey himself has also raced competitively. From flat-track motorcycles in his teens, to karts, Skip Barber, and a P2 car in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, Pelfrey has always had a passion for the competitiveness that motorsports provides. This above all else is what’s pushing Team Pelfrey’s re-entry into professional open-wheel racing, with its sights set firmly on immediately challenging for top honors.