Colin Braun

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Colin Braun
ColinBraun2010Bucyrus200RoadAmerica.jpg
Braun at Road America in 2010
Born (1988-09-22) September 22, 1988 (age 26)
Ovalo, Texas, U.S.
Awards 2008 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
31 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
2010 position 23rd
Best finish 23rd (2010)
First race 2007 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2010 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 2
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
53 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
2011 position 50th
Best finish 5th (2009)
First race 2007 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race 2011 Good Sam Club 200 (Atlanta)
First win 2009 Michigan 200 (Michigan)
Last win 2009 Michigan 200 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 23 5

Colin Braun (/ˈkɒlɨn brn/; born September 22, 1988)[1] is an American racing driver. He will compete in the American Le Mans Series with the Core Autosport team during the 2012 season. He formerly competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Nationwide Series.

Racing career[edit]

Braun started out his racing career at 6, racing quarter midgets. At 8 he went international, competing for factory kart racing teams in countries such as Monaco, Spain, France, and Japan. At 14 he moved to cars, winning championships in Formula Renault TR 1600 and Formula TR 2000 Pro Series.

2006–2007[edit]

At 16, Braun was part of the Team 16 squad and made his road racing debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Porsche 996 GT3, teammate to future NASCAR driver Brad Coleman. Braun made history as the youngest Daytona Prototype driver at 17, driving an Essex Racing Ford Crawford. In 2006 he joined Krohn Racing's No. 75 team, teamming with Jörg Bergmeister. Braun became the youngest winner of a major auto race on North American soil with his win at the Brumos Porsche 250 in Daytona. Due to the Master Settlement Agreement, was barred from participating in three races but still finished fourth in points while Bergmeister won the overall championship. He also became the youngest driver to stand on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a second place finish in his class in a Ferrari F430. He stayed on with Krohn for 2007, but was teamed with Max Papis. The team ended up in the top five in points, despite Braun being suspended for one race due to aggressive driving.

In 2007, Braun signed a driver development contract with Roush Fenway Racing. Braun made his stock car debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Gateway International Raceway, where he finished 13th. Braun later made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series (was Craftsman Truck Series), driving the No. 50 RSC Equipment Rental Ford for Roush Fenway. He was running in the top 20 before a flat tire sent him into the wall and a 34th place finish. He would also drive the No. 16 3M Ford at the Sam's Town 250 where he had a 30th place finish. In November 2007, he was announced as the full-time driver of the No. 6 Ford, succeeding Travis Kvapil. Braun ran the full schedule with Con-way Freight sponsoring. He had three top-fives and clinched the Rookie of the Year honors for the Truck Series.

2008–2011[edit]

Braun assumed full-time duties in 2008 in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 6 Con-way Ford F-150 with veteran crew chief Mike Beam. He earned three top-five and eight top-10 finishes, and won the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award. Braun became the sixth Roush Fenway Racing driver to claim the rookie title in the truck series. He also made five Nationwide Series starts including one top-five finish and two poles. Braun will continue racing full-time in the Camping World Truck Series in 2009.

Braun's 2010 Nationwide car

After turning a lap of 177.441 mph on Thursday evening in qualifying to earn his first career Camping World Truck Series Pole award, Braun led the field to the green flag Friday night at Daytona International Speedway for the 100-lap season opener. He led the first 10 laps of the race, fell as far back as 15th and with luck, in the end, Braun crossed the finish line in ninth place to score his ninth career top 10. On June 13, he scored his first career Truck Series win at Michigan.

In 2010, Braun was promoted to the Nationwide Series, and Con-way would be his sponsor for 18 races. However, by midseason, Bruan was removed from the No. 16 car in certain races in which they did not have a sponsor, but returned to the No. 16 car in races when Con-way is the sponsor. Braun had a tough rookie year in the Nationwide Series, making 24 starts with 5 top 10s but also had 7 DNFs. Braun was released by Roush on December 1 after Roush's Nationwide program turned its focus to getting sponsorship for Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr..

Braun joined Robertson Racing in the American Le Mans Series for part of the 2011 season. Braun returned to NASCAR with Billy Ballew Motorsports, driving their No. 51 Ford at Michigan.

2012–2014[edit]

On January 21, 2012, he announced that he wouldn't compete in NASCAR during the 2012 season, but would drive for CORE Autosport in the 2012 American Le Mans Series season.[2] Partnered with team owner Jon Bennett, Braun helped CORE win the ALMS Prototype Challenge Class Teams Championship.

Braun drove for Doran Racing in the first two races of the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season, and returned to CORE autosport for the full 2013 American Le Mans Series season, competing in the Prototype Challenge class. After driving the No. 05 with Jon Bennett for the first eight races, Braun switched to the team's GT entry, driving the No. 06 with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long.[3]

On October 9, 2013, Braun joined Michael Shank Racing at Daytona International Speedway to set a new speed record on the track's oval course using a Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype car, powered by a twin-turbocharged Ford V-6 engine; the existing record was 210.364 miles per hour (338.548 km/h), set in 1987.[4] Braun successfully broke the record, setting a fastest single lap at a speed of 222.971 miles per hour (358.837 km/h).[5]

Braun will race for CORE Autosport again in 2014, in the new United SportsCar Championship, driving the No. 54 PC car with Jon Bennett.[6] He won the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in the PC class.

In 2013 Braun began coaching Team CrowdStrike in the NARRA Radical Cup Series to many wins and an overall championship. He remained Team CrowdStrikes coach for 2014 and is focused on helping them win another championship.

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 United States Risi Competizione
United States Krohn Racing
United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 314 19th 2nd

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colin Braun Career Statistics
  2. ^ Pockrass, Bob (January 21, 2012). "TRUCKS: Braun Shifts Out Of Series". Speedtv.com. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Dagys, John. "CORE Shuffles Driver Lineup for COTA, VIR". Sportscar365.com. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Godwin (October 8, 2013). "Team hopes to beat Daytona International Speedway speed record with Ford EcoBoost car". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  5. ^ DiZinno, Tony (October 9, 2013). "Braun, Ford, set fastest laps at Daytona with EcoBoost DP". MotorSports Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-10-10. 
  6. ^ DiZinno, Tony. "TUSC: Braun, Huff earn PC class rides". NBC Sports. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

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