Jacobs and French: Performance Tech Motorsports Expands Their Driver Lineup

BOWMANVILLE, On. (July 7, 2018) - Performance Tech Motorsports expands its IMSA Prototype Challenge powered by Mazda lineup with the addition of James French to Howard Jacobs No. 77 Cardio Access MPC at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Jacobs piloted the No. 77 solo for the first three rounds of competition, but with French’s new-found availability at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park he finds only benefits of welcoming a co-driver. French was previously set to run the No. 38 Centinel Spine/ Restitute Health prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship but an incident in practice took the car out of contention.

Team Principal Brent O’Neill quickly put his 2017 Prototype Challenge champion back to work by pairing French with Jacobs. French has played the role of coach for many of the IMSA Prototype Challenge drivers over the past three race seasons.

“This will be great for Howard,” O’Neill said. “It will give him a baseline to work off of and a built-in coach. It also will be fun for us to have another car with two drivers under our tent. This has been a great weekend for growth for us and we’re excited to see some results.”

Jacobs and French have been teammates for two years, but Jacobs is looking forward to their debut as co-drivers.  

“It’s very impressive to drive with one of your mentors,” Jacobs said. “James has been working with me for quite a while so I’m really looking forward to being on the track with him as my co-driver. I’m excited to see what the race has to offer.”

Like most drivers French looks forward to any opportunity to race; this is no exception. He not only is excited to drive with Jacobs for the first time, but to drive against his WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teammate, Kyle Masson. This will be French’s first race in the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series.

“As of yesterday the only thing I was going to be able to drive this weekend was my truck and my trailer back home,” French said. “That being said I am incredibly grateful that Howard is giving me an opportunity to get back in a car. I can’t wait to hit the track and see what we can do together.”

Qualifying for IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda takes place at 1:35 p.m. ET today, Saturday, July 7. Race Day is Sunday, July 8, with the green flag set to drop at 10:30 a.m. The one hour and 45-minute sprint race is the fourth of six installments in the 2018 calendar season. Jacobs currently sits eight in points but is in striking distance of the seventh, sixth and fifth positions making this race a major turning point in his season. The race will be broadcast live on imsatv.imsa.com followed by a delayed FOX Sports 2 broadcast Thursday, July 26, 8 p.m. ET.