Braun gains Speed (Secrets) April 30, 2003, Seattle, Washington - Colin Braun, 2002 SKUSA 80cc Jr. Champion, participated in the first ever Speed Secrets Driver Development Camp at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, Washington on April 15 - 17. The...
Braun gains Speed (Secrets)
April 30, 2003, Seattle, Washington - Colin Braun, 2002 SKUSA 80cc Jr. Champion, participated in the first ever Speed Secrets Driver Development Camp at Pacific Raceways in Seattle, Washington on April 15 - 17. The 14 year-old quickly impressed the staff of coaches, both behind the wheel of the Speed Secrets Fran-Am 1600 cars and out of the car.
The Camp, which is designed to help young karters make the jump to professional car racing, was not the first time Braun had driven a Fran-Am 1600. He had already completed over 900 miles of testing in his own car at Motorsports Ranch in Texas.
Having that experience, the young Texan driver still learned more than he had anticipated, "I was really surprised how much I learned, even though I have been testing our own car a lot. I learned about driving, of course, but I also learned about the other aspects of being a complete driver," says Braun. "I was really surprised at the amount of seat time I got. I thought I was going to get a few sessions each day. I was seriously wrong I was driving practically the whole day! And, it was great to work with such professional and knowledgeable coaches. They taught me so much, not just about driving."
Speed Secrets Head Coach, Ross Bentley, commented, "One of our goals for the Camps is to help young racers become the `complete driver' a mix of driving skills, technical knowledge, marketing and business skills, physical and mental skills. In other words, to be an all-round driver who can succeed in making a career racing cars. Compared to other 14 year-olds, Colin is truly amazing. Even compared to drivers older than him, he stands out from the rest. Man, can he drive! But it's all the other aspects that really makes him shine. Obviously, growing up in the sport makes a big difference, but it's his personal commitment, intelligence and personality that will take him to the top, no matter at what level he races."
Braun's plans for 2003 are to continue his development as a driver through further testing and coaching sessions with Speed Secrets, and to compete in selected Fran-Am 1600 West Coast races.
For more information about Colin Braun, please see www.tracc5.com.
The other drivers participating in the April Speed Secrets Driver Development Camp had similar racing backgrounds as Braun, coming from karting and quarter midget competition. And, a number of other young kart racers have signed up for future Speed Secrets Driver Development Camps. Could it be that these young racers have found the "secret"?
Says Braun, "The transition from karts to cars was way easier than I would have thought - I credit a lot of that to the Speed Secrets camp. They taught me so much about driving a car, and how it is different from a kart. It would have taken me a lot longer to learn these things by myself."
More information about the Speed Secrets Driver Development Camps can be found at www.speed-secrets.com.