USAR: Lakeland: Joey Coulter preview

COULTER TO JOIN ROOKIE CLASS Sixteen Year Old Focused on Learning and Making Laps Davie, Fla. -- Joey Coulter heads to his first ever USAR Pro Cup event this weekend in his home state of Florida. At 16 years-of- age, Coulter is looking ahead at...

COULTER TO JOIN ROOKIE CLASS
Sixteen Year Old Focused on Learning and Making Laps

Davie, Fla. -- Joey Coulter heads to his first ever USAR Pro Cup event this weekend in his home state of Florida. At 16 years-of- age, Coulter is looking ahead at the 2007 season to be a learning experience on and off the track.

Coulter will be driving in the No. 02 Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Tempest Cycles Ford Fusion in the Pro Cup Southern Division. Upon meeting Coulter, most people find his maturity level beyond that of someone his age. "I don't look too far ahead when setting a goal for myself," commented Coulter. "I am hoping we can end the year inside the top 15 in points."

Coulter looks to veteran drivers for advice, "I value my driver coach, Randy Renfrow. He tells me what to expect and how following behind a veteran will teach me faster than trying to learn on my own. I have a ritual of walking a new track at least 10 times by myself to try and think about where I need to drive it."

In preparation for the upcoming season, Coulter Motorsports has been testing since September of last year. Coulter has racked up a total of over 700 laps at Lakeland, Fla., Valdosta, Ga., and Concord, N.C. tracks combined.

"This year for us is about developing Joey into the next phase of his racing career," said Joe Coulter, father and team owner of Coulter Motorsports. "It will be an education process qualifying for each event, performing live pit stops and finishing races. In a way, it is all about getting Joey seat time."

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will be on the hood of Coulter's car. "I met Darrell at his fishing tournament at the NASCAR race in Homestead last year," said Coulter. "After getting to know him and reading about his cause [spinal cord research] I told my Dad I thought it would be really neat to help out. We hope to raise awareness for the Darrell Gwynn foundation and at the championship race we will be helping Darrell give away a brand new, customized powered Quickie wheelchair for a child in need."

"Joey has a lot of respect for his elders," commented Darrell, "more than most kids his age. I expect he will create his own luck and success because of the way he carries himself."

Coulter's racing career started at the age of eight in go-karts. He raced his way up to competing at the national level. In 2005 he won his first national event in Camden, Ohio and finished second in the nation. Also in 2005, he secured both Florida State Championships in the Briggs Jr. Light and Heavy Divisions. Coulter's first experience with heavy equipment came in 2005 when he entered a handful of races in a regional series named Fastrucks. Missing only one event in 2006, Coulter won three races and finished in the top-five in points.

The 2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup season kicks off at Lakeland, Fla. this Saturday, March 10. SPEED will broadcast the events the Wednesday following the race at 4 p.m. ET and again on Friday's at noon.

-credit: dgf

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Series Stock car
Drivers Darrell Gwynn , Joey Coulter