Coleman Delivers Top 10 in Montreal Thriller JGR Teenager Finishes Eighth in NASCAR Busch Series First Canadian Race Montreal, QC, Canada (Aug 6, 2007) -- With a field filled with 11 road course specialists and eight Nextel Cup drivers, 19 ...
Coleman Delivers Top 10 in Montreal Thriller
JGR Teenager Finishes Eighth in NASCAR Busch Series First Canadian Race
Montreal, QC, Canada (Aug 6, 2007) -- With a field filled with 11 road course specialists and eight Nextel Cup drivers, 19 year-old rookie Brad Coleman combined skill and patience to bring the No. 18 FedEx Express Chevrolet to an eighth place finish in the NAPA 200 at the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
With six laps remaining Coleman had driven the car into the eleventh position and was looking to challenge for the lead when he was caught up in the multi-car melee that ultimately changed the outcome of the race. With the top race leaders all running into the same tight Turn 2 corner, eventual race winner Kevin Harvick tagged Scott Pruett and cars began banging and spinning ultimately bringing out the yellow flag. When the smoke finally cleared Coleman brought the severely damaged car to the pits and the No. 18 FedEx Express crew went to work.
"It looked like we were done but we never gave up," stated Coleman. "Our front right tire was rubbing metal and my hood was smashed up so high I could barely see over it."
The Joe Gibbs Racing crew performed emergency surgery on the car and sent Coleman back on the track in the 15th position and still on the lead lap with just one lap to go. Coleman then laid down the lap of his life by passing seven cars, two in the final turn, to bring the car home in eighth and earn the rookie his fourth Top 10 in just 11 starts with his JGR team.
Coleman said he was pleased with the finish. "Check the stats from this race; the quality of drivers, the number of wrecks, the crazy ending...to finish in the Top 10 after being knocked out with only a lap to go is fantastic. I owe so much to my guys in the pit. They got it done once again."
The man who discovered Coleman at 12 years-old, Le Mans Champion Price Cobb, was in Montreal serving as one of Coleman's spotters on the 15 turn road course.
"The kid was passing cars on the track with a natural rhythm and smoothness of a seasoned road course veteran," said Cobb. "His team made some great strategic calls and had him in position to win the race until that big wreck at the end caught up so many of the leaders."