Press Release: 10 YEAR OLD JACOB HAMMACK HAS OVERCOME ALL ODDS; WINNING RACES AND LOOKING AHEAD TO USCS MICRO SPRINT RACING
-Being diagnosed with dyslexia and living in race shop, not enough to stop this young man –
(Inez, TX / Pfafftown, NC) December 3, 2013 – Young racer Jacob Hammack has gone through more in the last year than many go through in an entire lifetime. After overcoming it all, Hammack is looking ahead to the future, and getting behind the wheel of a full size 600cc Micro Sprint as early as next season.
Jacob was diagnosed with Dyslexia in 2012, a lifelong challenge that people are either born with or without. Dyslexia can affect your reading, writing, spelling, math, and speech; which in turn affects your education, career, health, and life. The Hammack family made the move from Texas to North Carolina to attend a school for dyslexic children for the 2012-2013 school year, and Jacob continued his racing career by joining the Box Stock division at Millbridge Speedway.
Jacob uses his status as a race car driver to spread awareness about dyslexia, and is an official spokesperson for the North Carolina Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Jacob is a dedicated and focused athlete, who is working hard to reach his goals and dreams for his career, while taking his education seriously and learning to embrace and live with dyslexia. He hopes to be an inspiration to many, especially kids with dyslexia, that they too can make their dreams become reality with dedication and hard work. It is important to Jacob to share his story and journey in an effort to help others.
If moving across the country, being diagnosed with dyslexia, and starting a new school wasn’t enough, Jacob suffered a cracked elbow in May that sidelined him from racing. Missing a race on the schedule at Millbridge would most-likely end his chance at a top three finish in points.
To top all of that off, a strong wind storm in June, blew a 150-year-old oak tree down on top of the Hammack family’s new home. The damage was so severe that Jacob, his mother, and his father had to move into their motorhome and race shop while repairs are being done on the house. The family is still living in the race shop, with hopes of moving back into their home by Christmas. At the same time as the wind storm, Jacob’s father became ill and was forced to shut the family business down.
Even with all of this, Jacob Hammack Racing is keeping a positive attitude and looking forward to 2014 and beyond. The main objective for 10-year-old Jacob and the team is to turn laps in a 600cc Micro Sprint and get accustomed to a bigger race car with a lot more power. 18-year-old Kaley Engstrom will be working closely with Jacob throughout the season as he prepares to race a micro sprint full time in 2015.
Kaley came up through go-kart racing just like Jacob, and is now making a name for herself racing a 600cc Micro Sprint. Growing up in Jacob’s home state of Texas, Engstrom has become a top contender racing at the Tulsa Shootout in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Shootout is the biggest Micro Sprint race of the season taking place two weeks before the famed Chili Bowl Midget race at the same venue. Kaley finished 6th in the 600cc A-Class in 2011, which earned her a spot in the 2012 Ron Sutton Driver Development Program.
If all goes well in 2014, Jacob and his family are looking to run the full schedule in the USCS Micro Sprint Series in 2015. The RockAuto.com United Sprint Car Series 600 National Class runs throughout the south with 30 races held in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
To keep sharp during the winter, Jacob and his team will continue to race in the Winter Midwest Race Series, four races taking place from December through March in Texas and Oklahoma. In race number one, the Texas Kart Nationals in Alvarado, Texas, Jacob drove an excellent race, winning both of his heat races and taking 2nd in the A-Main.
Jacob currently has some exciting marketing opportunities for those wanting to get involved with his racing program and be a part of his great message.
Fans can keep up with Jacob Hammack Racing on his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JacobHammackRacing and his website http://jacobhammackracing.com/.