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Cole Pearn (born October 13, 1982) is a NASCAR crew chief and former stock car racing driver from Canada. He competed in CASCAR (now Pinty's Series) for three seasons from 2001 to 2003. He also was a 3 time Canadian Go-Kart Champion, Delaware Speedway Track Champion and winner of the Great Canadian 300 in 2006. He currently serves as the crew chief for Martin Truex Jr.'s No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Pearn led Truex to the Cup championship in 2017.

Cole Pearn
Cole Pearn 2018.png
Cole Pearn in 2018
Born (1982-10-13) October 13, 1982 (age 36)
Mount Brydges, Ontario
Achievements2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief
2006 Great Canadian 300 race winner
NASCAR Pinty's Series career
27 races run over 4 years
Best finish14th (2003)
First race2000 CarQuest 300 (Delaware)
Last race2003 Molson Canadian CASCAR Championship Showdown (Cayuga)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0

Pearn is considered NASCAR's best active crew chief, having turned Furniture Row Racing from a backmarker to a championship contender.[1] Pearn was the crew chief responsible for 17 of the team's 18 race wins.[2]

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CareerEdit

Pearn, a three-time national kart racing champion in Canada, competed in late models.[3] In 2000, Pearn debuted in the CASCAR Super Series at Delaware Speedway, finishing 18th.[4] Pearn competed full-time in 2002 and 2003, driving the No. 24 Pontiac and recording a best finish of sixth twice: in 2002 at Delaware[5] and 2003 at Race City Speedway.[6]

After graduating from college, Pearn worked for Toyota, and later moved to North Carolina. He joined Richard Childress Racing in 2007, working with Kevin Harvick's No. 29 crew as an engineer.[7] In 2010, he joined Furniture Row Racing as a team engineer, though he left for JTG Daugherty Racing in 2011.[8] Pearn returned to FRR during the 2012 season, becoming the team's lead race engineer. On December 3, 2014, Pearn was promoted to crew chief of the No. 78, replacing Todd Berrier,[3] who had departed the team to join Joe Gibbs Racing,[7] and Pearn became the first regular Canadian crew chief in Cup Series history.[9] In 2015, Pearn and driver Martin Truex Jr. won the Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway, and Pearn became the first Canadian crew chief to win a Cup race.[10] In 2016, Pearn was suspended for the Kobalt 400 after failing technical inspection at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500; the team had also been penalized at the Daytona 500 the week before for roof flap problems.[11] During the 2017 season, Pearn and Truex won eight races en route to the series championship.[12] The following year, Pearn and Truex won 4 races during the year at Fontana, Pocono, Sonoma, and Kentucky. Rumors throughout the year swirled the Furniture Row team after sponsor 5 hour Energy left the team and eventually the team announced they were shutting down. Truex and Pearn made it to the final four again in 2018 and finished 2nd in the final standings in 2018.

In 2019, Pearn and Truex moved to Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 19 team following Furniture Row Racing's shutdown after the 2018 season.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Pearn's father Ron was a stock car driver at Checker Flag Raceway in Windsor, Ontario.[9] In 2006, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a mechanical engineering degree.[3][7]

Pearn is an ice hockey fan and a supporter of the Toronto Maple Leafs; he also plays forward in a Denver-based rec league.[9] Pearn is also a fan of the Toronto Raptors as he attended many games during their 2019 Playoff push to the NBA Finals Championship.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

CASCAREdit

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

CASCAR Super SeriesEdit

CASCAR Super Series results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 CSSC Pts Ref
2000 Cole Pearn 24 Chevy EDM CAL MSP DEL
18
N/A 0 [14]
2001 DEL
17
PET MSP MSP KWA TOR ASE CTR HAM CAL VAN DEL
27
46th 360 [15]
2002 DEL
36
20th 1540 [16]
Pontiac PET
18
ASE
17
MSP
22
MSP
12
HAM
19
TOR
31
CAL
31
VAN
30
MNT
11
KWA
24
DEL
6
2003 DEL
25
PET
10
MSP
21
HAM
21
TOR
21
CAL
6
VAN
11
ASE
11
MSP
12
DEL
15
PET
14
HAM
28
14th 1566 [17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.denverpost.com/2017/09/03/cole-pearn-furniture-row-racing-crew-chief/
  2. ^ https://www.racing-reference.info/owner/Barney_Visser
  3. ^ a b c "Furniture Row Racing names Cole Pearn as new crew chief". The Denver Post. December 3, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "2000 CarQuest 300". Racing-Reference. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "2002 Great Canadian 300". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "2003 Mopar 500 Weekend". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Groke, Nick (February 5, 2015). "Cole Pearn, new crew chief for Denver's Furniture Row Racing team, part of new wave". The Denver Post. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Spencer, Lee (December 3, 2014). "Pearn takes over the reins at FRR". Motorsport.com. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Duff, Bob (June 13, 2015). "Bob Duff: Canadian crew chief Cole Pearn races to top of NASCAR". The Windsor Star. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  10. ^ McDonald, Norris (June 9, 2015). "Catching up with Cole Pearn – the first Canadian to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race as crew chief". Toronto Star. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  11. ^ Turner, Jared (March 2, 2016). "Martin Truex Jr. crew chief suspended, fined; team appealing". Foxsports.com. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  12. ^ Spencer, Lee (November 19, 2017). "Martin Truex Jr. fends off Kyle Busch to win 2017 NASCAR Cup title". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  13. ^ Pockrass, Bob (November 9, 2018). "Joe Gibbs Racing signs Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn for 2019". ESPN. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Cole Pearn – 2000 CASCAR Super Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Cole Pearn – 2001 CASCAR Super Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Cole Pearn – 2002 CASCAR Super Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Cole Pearn – 2003 CASCAR Super Series Results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Cole Pearn crew chief statistics at Racing-Reference
  • Cole Pearn driver statistics at Racing-Reference