American Teenage Drivers to Set Daytona Prototype Record Birmingham, AL (July 14, 2005) - In February, 16 year-olds Brad Coleman and Colin Braun set a World Record as part of the youngest team to ever race in and complete ...
American Teenage Drivers to Set Daytona Prototype Record
Birmingham, AL (July 14, 2005) - In February, 16 year-olds Brad Coleman and Colin Braun set a World Record as part of the youngest team to ever race in and complete the famed Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. The youngsters garnered an impressive Top 10 finish (7th) in their Porsche 911 GT, earning them the respect of many of the best NASCAR, IRL, and Sports Car drivers in the world.
On July 31, Brad (now 17) and Colin will establish another Rolex Grand American record as the youngest team to ever join the Rolex field in a Daytona Prototype. The pair of Texans has been training rigorously in preparation for their Daytona Prototype debut which will be the Bradley Arant 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. They will be piloting the Essex Racing Crawford Ford thanks to long-time sports car team owner Michael Gue and a few key marketing partners that are solidly behind Team16's plans for the future.
Gue was convinced these two young drivers were special when he witnessed their performances at the Rolex 24, Miami Homestead, and Fontana. "I was incredibly impressed with the experience and maturity level of these two young drivers, and wanted to see how they would do in the DP. They have handled the car and themselves very well during our test days and set some impressive track times in the process. Both young men are talented beyond their years and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see them do quite well in their first race."
When the boys were asked about their preparation for their DP effort, Braun replied "With all of our varied racing experience, it is like we have driven this car in different pieces before. Once we were able to start testing the DP, it all came together for us."
Coleman agreed, adding "Our years of training in formula cars and stock cars combined with this past year in sports cars has prepared us in a unique way. The DP is a combination of all of the cars we have raced."
The Rolex Grand American race at Barber Motorsports Park will be televised on July 31, live on SPEED at 1 PM Eastern time.