A Canuck Making Waves Down South

Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, center, speaks with crew chief Cole Pearn, right, and a crew member in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Cole Pearn grew up in London Ontario and is your typical Canadian, he loves his hockey and is a proud supporter of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Cole graduated from The University of Waterloo with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Upon graduating he landed a job at the Toyota plant in Cambridge as a manufacturing engineer.  But from an early age he had been bitten by the racing bug.  His dad was a racer and raced the short tracks all over Ontario.  Cole began his racing career at the age of 7 racing go karts.  He won 3 National Go Kart Championships travelling all over Canada and the United States.

From there he moved up to the then called ” CASCAR Super Series ” where he competed over three years.  He ran a total of 28 races with 3 top 10’s and a best points finish of 14th in 2003.  He knew he wanted a career in racing but was smart enough to also know he could not make it as a driver.  So he quit his job with Toyota and moved south to North Carolina.

After a month or two looking for work he got his first big break when he was hired by Richard Childress to be an engineer on the no.29 car driven by Kevin Harvick.  When Richard Childress Racing teamed up as a technical alliance with Furniture Row Racing in Denver, Cole and his wife headed out to Denver to begin work with Furniture Row.

Within a couple of years as an engineer for the no. 78 team he was promoted to Crew Chief, making him the first Canadian crew chief in NASCAR history.  In 2015 they won the  Axalta ‘We Paint Winners ‘ 400 in Pocono.  That made Cole the first Canadian crew chief to win a cup race.  Spring ahead to the 2016 Daytona 500, where they lost by mere inches.  Look to see this team win more races as they now have a new technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing making them a team to deal with at every track.  and when the season is over and the crew has there down time, you will find Cole playing forward in a Denver Recreational hockey league.  Proving you can not remove the ” Canadian ” out of this fine man.

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