Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Colin Braun: Racer

Colin Braun is a young racer with a white hot future. The 20 year old has already won two championships. He competed in Italy, Monaco, France, and Japan for factory go kart teams all before he was 14. At only 17 years 9 months old, Braun became the youngest driver in North America to win a major league race when he won the Brumos 250 at Daytona International Speedway in the Grand Am Rolex Daytona Prototype series.

SPEED TV awarded Braun the Rookie of the Year for all of motorsports in 2006. He became the youngest driver in the history of the Le Mans 24 hours to place on the podium, when he finished 2nd in the 2007 race. Two pole positions and 5th in the Rolex Daytona Prototype series drivers points in 2007 lead to a full time ride with Ford Racing and Roush Fenway Racing.

In 2008 Braun captured the Raybestos Rookie of The Year award in the NASCAR Truck series. This year at MIS Braun scored his first Truck series win. In 2010 Braun will race the full Nationwide Series for RFR.

Braun took some time recently to answer a few questions for Sports Review Magazine and to play along with our 'Eight to Debate' series.

What is your biggest moment in racing so far?

"Winning the 2009 Michigan Camping World Truck race."

Who has been the biggest influence on your racing career?

"I would say in my early years of racing my dad Jeff, he is a racing engineer for many different types of race cars from Indy to LeMans."

What are your highlights so far this season, and, looking down the road, where do you expect to have success later this year?

"I feel like getting the pole at the first Camping World Truck series race in Daytona was really neat. Winning the Michigan race was awesome. I feel like down the road we are going to have some great success at the intermediate tracks."

Now a fun little exercise called 'Eight to Debate'. Just tell us which of the two options you prefer.

Colin Braun's 'Eight to Debate'.

Foyt or Andretti?


Petty or Earnhardt?


Indianapolis or Daytona?


Monaco or LeMans?

"Monaco, I have done LeMans."

Dirt or Asphalt?


Oval or Road Course?


Goodyear or Firestone?


Days of Thunder or Talladega Nights?

"Talladega Nights, we all need a good laugh."

Thanks, Colin for being a good sport and continued success in the future.


  1. Great post and interview Gene. Its hard to believe that a Truck win would be a bigger deal than a podium at Lemans!

    Where is global motorsports headed, when a talent like Colin drops racing Leman and Prototype cars, to run Trucks and Nationwide. I guess you have to follow the $$. I wish him much success and an early escape from Roush.

  2. Fabulous!

    What... you didn't include the paper or plastic question??

  3. Stork...I thought the 24 Hours at Daytona win would be bigger than a truck win also. Had to bite my tongue about Roush. lol. Braun's under contract to Ford so he may be stuck at RFR for awhile.