In 2015, Jacob Gomes, from Manteca, California became the twelth different champion in the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series 15 year history. Gomes adds his name to the list of series champions that includes; Derek Thorn, Jim Pettit II, Jonathin Gomez, Eric Schmidt, Jason Fensler, Steve Belletto, Jeff Anthony, Nathan Tucker, Dave Byrd, M.K. Kanke, and Ron Strmiska, Jr..
With 63 series starts, Gomes is currently ranked third in all-time money won and tied for sixth in all-time wins with six. In 2015, Gomes won twice, had four top fives, and seven top tens in nine starts. He led 127 laps and had an average finishing position of 6.2 on the year in route to his 2015 championship.
Gomes and the other top 12 drivers of the 2015 will be honored this Saturday afternoon at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA, at the 2015 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Championship Awards Banquet.
Getting to know the 2015 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Champion:
- At what age did you start racing? And what type of racing?
Six years old, in box stock winged carts
- Who has been your biggest influence in your racing career?
- Of all the advice you have ever been giving over the years in racing, what piece of advice stands out the most to you?
The fastest car doesn’t always win the race – Mike David
- If you were to give advice to a young driver, what would it be?
Do the best you can do, be there at the end, and never give up
- What do you do Monday through Friday?
Work on the farm
- Favorite TV Show – Movie – Sports Team – Race Driver?
Duck Dynasty, Days of Thunder, San Francisco Giants, Kyle Bush
- Best moment of the 2015 race season:
Winning back to back races at Stockton 99 and Utah
- Away from racing, what do you enjoy doing?
Farming, Fishing, and Shooting
- Finish the sentence – In five years, I hope to…..
Be racing as much as possible
- Racing plans for 2016:
Racing the SRL and any other races we’re able to do
- Anyone you’d like to thank for helping you win the 2015 championship:
I’d like to thank Bill and Treva Andreetta, Ron and Susan Dell’Osso, my mom and dad, Dave Edwards, Phil Gomes, Mikey Parocua, Mike David, Josh Johnson, Chris Olivara, Denis Arbini, Visalia Powder Coating, and David’s Racing Products
-SRL Southwest Tour Press Release & Photo