Mark Jenkins launched his motorsports career by winning the first race he entered at the Texas Road Race of Champions in a Spec Miata. After qualifying for the first annual SCCA Run-Offs in his rookie year, Mark decided to compete amongst the professionals in SCCA Pro Racing’s Mazda MX-5 Cup series. Before he began racing Mazdas, Mark enjoyed motorsports only as an enthusiastic spectator, making his rapid rise as a sportscar and off-road racer all the more compelling. The close competition and relatively low horsepower of the open-top Mazdas proved to be excellent training for Mark, as racing success could only be achieved by choosing the fastest lines, conserving tires, maximizing momentum and minimizing mistakes. Mark’s aggressive performance on the MX-5 Cup circuit challenged veteran racers at the top of the field.
In 2008, Mark and Mike tackled an extreme motorsports venture: short-course off-road racing. With brother Mike in a Pro 4X4 truck and Mark competing in a Pro 2WD, the Jenkins brothers plunged into short-course racing, literally full throttle. In sixteen races, Mark finished in the top ten five times, even making the top five. While the focus is on short-course competition, Mark will still be splitting his race time between off-road racing and the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup. In the Playboy series season opener, Mark reached a new milestone in his pro racing career by leading the most laps of the event and posting the fastest individual lap time on the way to a second-place finish. Mark returned to the podium for the final race of the season with a third-place finish, and placed fourth overall in series points. In short-course off-road racing, Mark completed the 2009 TORC Pro-2WD season with six top-10 finishes and placed ninth in series points.
Mark Jenkins #25 TORC Pro 4