By Ashley Peek
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Whether you come out on the first weekend of August for the Keyhole, the Carousel or the Jakesy Jamboree, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has it all.
The Jakesy Jamboree is a first-year event of the Jakesy Nation — a group of dedicated, inspiring, loud and proud fans of Dale Coyne Racing’s James Jakes that is making its temporary home in the campground in support of the second-year IZOD IndyCar Series driver.
It also happened to be his 25th birthday Aug. 4. He went over the river and throught the woods to meet the boys and have some cake.
Jakes was welcomed with erupting applause from the Columbus and Cleveland natives. One member of the Jakesy Nation considers what they are doing extremely important.
“Jakesy Nation is important because we like to support up-and-coming racers because, like ourselves, we like to see everyone succeed in life at whatever they’re good at,” Brian Bellows said.
The members of Jakesy Nation have ranks, as well. The president, Joey Recktenwald, has recruited many people to become part of the growing fan base and has put in many hours traveling to support the driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car. Rookie of the year James Irwin spent the weekend wandering the pits in an apron to show his support for Jakes.
“We don’t stop supporting Jakesy even when the sun goes down,” Irwin said.
Be on the lookout for the Jakesy Nation, which plans to take the Jakesy Jamboree to new tracks.