Podcast interview with Cole Pearn about becoming a NASCAR Crew Chief
NASCAR Fans will recognize Cole Pearn as the Crew Chief for the Furniture Row Racing Team and driver, Martin Truex Jr. Cole’s story is a terrific example of knowing yourself, trusting your gut and going with what feels right to you.
I first got to know Cole when he was just a teenager racing not only at Delaware Speedway (in Ontario, Canada), but also in what used to be called the CASCAR Super Series (which later became the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, now known as the NASCAR Pinty’s Series). He was regarded as one of the true up-and-coming talents in Canadian stock car racing at the time.
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Cole continued to race through the balance of his high school days and into and through his time at University. Eventually, his heart told him to pack up and move to North Carolina to somehow find his way in the door of a NASCAR team. And that’s exactly what he did, finding an entry-level spot at Richard Childress Racing and working his way up from there.
Some days it seemed hopeless but I was fortunate to just keep on trying and eventually it worked out.
– Cole Pearn
Fast forward to the time of this recording, where Martin Truex Jr. was named Nascar.com’s Driver of the Year after the 2016 season with Cole receiving an honourable mention for Crew Chief of the Year. In the two seasons since Cole took over atop the Furniture Row Racing pit box, the team has won five times (once in 2015 and four times in 2016) and took second place in the closest finish in the history of the Daytona 500 in February of 2016.
Cole’s is a fascinating story and a great example of how important it is to really know yourself, understand what it is that is important to you and what can happen when you take action to pursue it.
Some of the key points that stood out to me from my time with Cole include:
1. Go with your gut. Trust your intuition.
2. Run your own race. To do this, you’ve got to really know yourself and what’s important to you. That won’t always look the way you think it should, or mirror what others may be doing. But if you truly know and trust yourself, you can make decisions from the heart and be at peace with the outcome.
3. Pursuit. Action. Once you know who you are and what you want, you’ve got to go after it. Just take the next step and be fully present wherever you are. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.
I didn’t want to live the rest of my life questioning whether I did it or not.
– Cole Pearn
Connect with Cole
Furniture Row Racing Website: Furniture Row Racing
Cole on Twitter: @colepearn
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