Price Cobb

Born:
10th December 1954 (Age 63)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Price Cobb worked as an Indycar mechanic early in his racing career and his initial ambitions were in open-wheel racing. But it has been as a sports car driver that the Texan succeeded – the winner of 12 IMSA races and the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours.

Early single-seater career

He raced in Formula Ford during 1974 and soon made his mark in North American Formula Atlantic when second in the 1976 championship behind Gilles Villeneuve. He finished top-four in the championship for three of the next four seasons during which
time he won the increasingly important Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières on two occasions. Cobb was a "nearly man" at the time for he was runner-up in the 1983 Super Vee standings before deciding his future lay in the IMSA GTP Championship.

Endurance racing

That was in 1985 and Cobb started two late-season races in Dyson Racing’s Porsche 962. His second race was on the streets of Columbus, Ohio and Cobb led by half a minute before co-driver Drake Olson completed the victory.

A fulltime member of the team for the next two seasons, Cobb won three times during 1986 before being beaten to the title by Al Holbert. He was ninth on his Le Mans debut that year and he was lucky to emerge unhurt a year later when he destroyed his works Porsche 962 during practice. Eliminated from the race by fire, he finished as IMSA runner-up once more in 1987.

Racing for TWR and Jaguar

Part of Jaguar’s squad for the 1988 Le Mans 24 Hours, he joined the Tom Walkinshaw-managed team for the 1989 IMSA season. Second in the Daytona 24 Hours was the first of a string of podium finishes (including victories at Portland and Tampa) as the ever-consistent American finished third in the championship for a second successive season.

The 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours provided Cobb with the greatest victory of his career. He was originally scheduled to share a Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-12 with John Nielsen and Eliseo Salazar but the Chilean gave his place to Martin Brundle during the race after the Englishman’s car had retired. Cobb took the lead at 2.30am where they remained for the rest of the race.

Further IMSA career and Indycar team owner

Cobb’s next two seasons were spent driving a works Mazda RX-7 in IMSA’s GTO class and he continued racing in American endurance events into the new millennium. Cobb also turned team owner in the Indy Racing League in 1998 and 1999 – Roberto Guerrero finishing fourth at Texas that first season for CBR Cobb Racing.

Other professional interests have included owning regional newspapers, working in the media and as a motivational speaker but his Le Mans victory stands apart as Cobb’s finest racing achievement.