The Passing of our Friend Jay Jarvis
With immense sadness we report that our sport lost a great man recently. Our friend Jay Jarvis passed away peacefully on the morning of April 17, 2013. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Amanda and his surviving children Jessica, Joshua, and Jonathan. We all will sorely miss Jay.
Jay was born on December 13, 1956. Though born in Arizona, he spent most of his life in California. He was a graduate of Petersen High School in Sunnyvale and DeAnza College in Cupertino. Jay had two great passions in life: Music and Motorsports. He studied music at DeAnza College and was passionate about all forms of jazz and was himself an extremely talented saxophone player. While pursuing his study of music in the late ‘70s, Jay also made time to drag race his own Mustang. With the meager budget of a college student, coupled with his innate mechanical cleverness and his can-do spirit, Jay never hesitated to do his own car work. His knack for music came in handy too. In those early days he regularly tuned his car by ear. Other hot-rodders began bringing him cars that needed attention. And, as is so common, one thing led to another. Jay worked the NASCAR Winston West Series. He was Crew Chief during several SCCA Corvette National races. He worked for a leading BMW dealership. And he went on to found and run his own firm, Jay Jarvis Autosports, providing track support and racecar build and maintenance services to local racers. Recently he was Crew Chief with TRG in the Daytona 24 hour in 2010 and 2011, scoring a 2nd in class victory with GT #67 in 2011.
Jay’s passion for air-cooled Porsches led him to become one of the pioneers of the PRC here in Northern California. He served as the PRC’s first technical official and as its Chief Scrutineer until his passing.
Though he was a pro-racing professional, Jay always had a soft spot for club racing and club racers. He thrived on helping amateurs achieve their racing dreams.
Jay, the PRC and NASA will never forget all you’ve done for us.