Season Review: James Jakes

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about all 21 full-time drivers of the 2013 Indycar Season one at a time. I try to be as honest as I can in these reveiws, and I would like to hear your thoughts on what I say. Enjoy:

James Jakes
#16 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

19th in points scoring 294 points.

Best finish: 2nd (Detroit Race 2)
Worst finish: 25th (Sonoma)

Best moment: Podium at Detroit Race 2
Worst moment: Crash at Toronto Race 2

Grade: D

A season of lows marred James Jakes' season at his new team at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. How much of it was on him? Not sure. Results were not produced outside of a great race at Belle Isle and a P6 at Houston Race 1. Other than that, Jakes and RLL struggled. Jakes' veteran teammate Graham Rahal noticeably struggled at all but two races in 2013. Jakes did consistently out-qualify Rahal, but Rahal consistently out-raced Jakes. Overall, not a very good year for the very quiet and reserved driver who finished his third season in Indycar. A weird incident at Toronto Race 2 saw Jakes lose control of the steering wheel and smacking into the wall.

It is not clear as to what Jakes will be doing in 2014, but I am assuming Jakes will find a ride due to the financial backing he has from Acorn Stairlifts. I have to pose those question: Without the financial support, would Jakes have a ride in Indycar? He's not at all that interactive with the fans, he gets decent at best results, and he's had three years in Indycar to prove himself. I am not sure he merits a return to Indycar even though he will likely be back.

James Jakes - 2013 INDYCAR Testing
Jakes had a rough year, plain and simple (Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images)

Stay tuned for P18 Graham Rahal!

-Matthew Hickey