For immediate release: Sprint Car racer, Marion Jacobs 86 passes away
Tuscumbia, AL - May 26, 2021 - Past frequent USCS sprint car driver throughout the 1990's and early 2000's Marion Jacobs from Tuscumbia, Alabama passed away at 2pm today. Jacobs, who was born in Columbus, Nebraska was 86 years old.
He raced many types of open wheel race cars from the time he was seventeen years old. His racing career took him from Nebraska, where he was born, to Kansas then California and eventually to the Mid-South area of the United States to the North Alabama in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
His records and memory, which was sharp until the end, said he raced at 257 different race tracks during a racing career that spanned 69 years as he competed in his first event in "Jalopies" in 1952 and his last and final event was at Thunderhill Raceway in Summertown, Tennessee piloting his blue #3d Sprint Car in 2012.
Jacobs started in those Nebraska "Jalopies" in 1952, then moved up to Supermodifieds in Kansas before later moving to California to race his first sprint cars.
USCS Founder and President, Pete Walton stated that, " Marion called me several months ago before he got sick and told me that he was going to get his old car ready and bring it back out and maybe tace it or put his Grandson in it. You could just tell even at his age in the mid eighties, he never lost that fire he had when he was a seventeen year old upstart. He loved his racing."
"By the time I met him back in the late 1980's or early 1990's he had gotten kind of down on his luck and didn't have the equipment he probably would need to win or be competitive with, but he still wanted and his Family always wanted to be part of the racing community and join the action" said Walton.
"I don't know how many races he really won at those 257 tracks, but, from his stories it sounded like a good number when he was in his prime. But no matter what he seemed to have enjoyed every second of it" concluded Pete Walton
Marion Jacobs lost his wife Maxine in 2014. Now he has been reunited with her. He also previously lost a daughter, Diana and Grandaughter, Carrie who also preceded him in death.
He leaves behind two Sons, Marion, Jr. and Daniel Jacobs. He also has also leaves three Grandson's, Wyatt, Cody and Justin Jacobs.
Please keep the Jacobs Family in your prayers.
Rest in Peace Marion Jacobs true racer.
Pictured is Marion Jacobs with his last car and also a picture of the #21 Jalopy he drove as a young man.