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Colin Braun
Colin Braun
ColinBraun2010Bucyrus200RoadAmerica.jpg
Braun at Road America in 2010
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1988-09-22) September 22, 1988 (age 30)
Ovalo, Texas, U.S.
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship career
Debut season2014
Current teamCORE Autosport
Car no.54
EngineGibson
Co-driverUnited States Jonathan Bennett
Starts20
Championships2
Wins7
Poles4
Best finish1st in 2015
Finished last season1st (2015)
Previous series
2017, 2011-2013
2005-2013
2012
2007-2010
2007-2011
2007
American Le Mans
Rolex Sports Car Series
Pirelli World Challenge
Nationwide Series
Camping World Truck Series
ARCA Racing Series
Championship titles
2014-2015WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Awards
2008NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
31 races run over 4 years
2010 position23rd
Best finish23rd (2010)
First race2007 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race2010 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 6 2
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
53 races run over 4 years
2011 position50th
Best finish5th (2009)
First race2007 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race2011 Good Sam Club 200 (Atlanta)
First win2009 Michigan 200 (Michigan)
Last win2009 Michigan 200 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
1 23 5

Colin Braun (; born September 22, 1988)[1] is an American racing driver. He is the 2015 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge Champion[2] and currently drives the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 for CORE autosport.[3] He formerly competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series. He lives in Harrisburg, North Carolina.[4]

Racing career

Braun started out his racing career at 6, racing quarter midgets. At 8 he went international, competing for factory kart racing teams in countries such as Monaco, Spain, France, and Japan. At 14 he moved to cars, winning championships in Formula Renault TR 1600 and Formula TR 2000 Pro Series.

2006-2007

At 16, Braun was part of the Team 16 squad and made his road racing debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Porsche 996 GT3, teammate to future NASCAR driver Brad Coleman.[5] Braun made history as the youngest Daytona Prototype driver at 17, driving an Essex Racing Ford Crawford. In 2006 he joined Krohn Racing's No. 75 team, teamming with Jörg Bergmeister. Braun became the youngest winner of a major auto race on North American soil with his win at the Brumos Porsche 250 in Daytona.[6] Due to the Master Settlement Agreement, was barred from participating in three races but still finished fourth in points while Bergmeister won the overall championship. He also became the youngest driver to stand on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a second-place finish in his class in a Ferrari F430.[6] He stayed on with Krohn for 2007, but was teamed with Max Papis. The team ended up in the top five in points, despite Braun being suspended for an incident at the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International.[7]

In 2007, Braun signed a driver development contract with Roush Fenway Racing.[8] Braun made his stock car debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Gateway International Raceway, where he finished 13th.[9] Braun later made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series (was Craftsman Truck Series), driving the No. 50 RSC Equipment Rental Ford for Roush Fenway. He was running in the top 20 before a flat tire sent him into the wall and a 34th-place finish.[10] He would also drive the No. 16 3M Ford at the Sam's Town 250 where he had a 30th-place finish. In November 2007, he was announced as the full-time driver of the No. 6 Ford, succeeding Travis Kvapil.[11]

2008-2011

Braun assumed full-time duties in 2008 in the Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 6 Con-way Ford F-150 with veteran crew chief Mike Beam. He earned three top-five and eight top-10 finishes, and won the Raybestos Rookie of the Year award.[12] Braun became the sixth Roush Fenway Racing driver to claim the rookie title in the truck series. He also made five Nationwide Series starts including one top-five finish and two poles.

Braun's 2010 Nationwide car

After turning a lap of 177.441 mph on Thursday evening in qualifying to earn his first career Camping World Truck Series Pole award,[13] Braun led the field to the green flag Friday night at Daytona International Speedway for the 2009 season opener. He led the first 10 laps of the race, fell as far back as 15th and with luck, in the end, Braun crossed the finish line in ninth place to score his ninth career top 10. On June 13, he scored his one and only career Truck Series win at Michigan.[14]

In 2010, Braun was promoted to the Nationwide Series, and Con-way would be his sponsor for 18 races. However, by midseason, Bruan was removed from the No. 16 car in certain races in which they did not have a sponsor, but returned to the No. 16 car in races when Con-way is the sponsor.[15] Braun had a tough rookie year in the Nationwide Series, making 24 starts with 5 top 10s but also had 7 DNFs. Braun was released by Roush on December 1 after Roush's Nationwide program turned its focus to getting sponsorship for Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Braun joined Robertson Racing in the American Le Mans Series for part of the 2011 season.[16] Braun returned to NASCAR with Billy Ballew Motorsports, driving their No. 51 Ford at Michigan.[17]

2012-2013

Braun at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

On January 21, 2012, he announced that he wouldn't compete in NASCAR during the 2012 season, but would drive for CORE Autosport in the 2012 American Le Mans Series season.[18] Partnered with team owner Jon Bennett, Braun helped CORE win the ALMS Prototype Challenge Class Teams Championship. Braun also joined the Kia Racing team[19] as part of Kinetic Motorsports Pirelli World Challenge GTS Class No. 38 Kia Optima entry. After four races, where he was able to achieve two podium finishes, Braun was replaced by Mark Wilkins following an incident with his team mate, Michael Galati, at Miller Motorsports Park.[20]

Braun partnered with Bennett for the first two races of the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season running with Doran Racing in a Ford Dallara to gain insight into the Daytona Prototype category.[21] Braun returned to CORE autosport for the full 2013 American Le Mans Series season, competing in the Prototype Challenge class. After driving the No. 05 with Bennett for the first eight races, Braun switched to the team's GT entry, driving the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Porsche factory driver Patrick Long.[22] As a result of the late-season switch, Braun finished fifth in the PC Drivers' Championship, but made significant contributions to CORE's 2013 PC Team Championship by scoring five podium finishes (including two wins) with Bennett.[23]

On October 9, 2013, Braun joined Michael Shank Racing at Daytona International Speedway to set a new speed record on the track's oval course using a Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype car, powered by a twin-turbocharged Ford V-6 engine; the existing record was 210.364 miles per hour (338.548 km/h), set in 1987.[24] Braun successfully broke the record, setting a fastest single lap at a speed of 222.971 miles per hour (358.837 km/h).[25]

In 2013 Braun began coaching Team CrowdStrike in the NARRA Radical Cup Series to many wins and an overall championship.[26]

2014-present

Braun returned to CORE autosport in 2014, in the new United SportsCar Championship, driving the No. 54 PC car with Bennett.[27] He and co-drivers Bennett, James Gué and Mark Wilkins won the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in the PC class[28] followed by the 12 Hours of Sebring.[29] Braun and Bennett went on to win races at Kansas Speedway and Watkins Glen International, propelling them to the 2014 PC Drivers' Championship and PC Team Championship as well as the newly created Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.[30] Braun received the TOTAL Pole Award for winning more PC pole positions than any other driver.[31] Braun and Bennett's success continued into 2015, where once again they claimed the PC Driver Championship in conjunction with CORE's PC Team Championship.[32]

Braun continues to drive for CORE autosport with Bennett in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PC class in 2016.[33]

In 2016, Braun made his Red Bull Global Rallycross debut with CORE autosport at Daytona International Speedway.[34] He scored a podium finish in his first race.[35]

Motorsports career results

24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2005 United States The Racer's Group Canada Ross Bentley
United States Adrian Carrio
United States Brad Coleman
United States Kevin Buckler
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GT 650 17th 7th
2006 United States Krohn Racing United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Riley Mk. XI-Pontiac DP 717 5th 5th
2007 United States Krohn Racing Italy Max Papis
Finland JJ Lehto
Riley Mk. XI-Pontiac DP 615 17th 11th
2008 United States AIM Autosport United States Brian Frisselle
Canada Mark Wilkins
Canada Andrew Ranger
Riley Mk. XI-Ford DP 448 DNF DNF
2009 United States Michael Shank Racing South Africa Mark Patterson
Brazil Oswaldo Negri, Jr.
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Riley Mk. XX-Ford DP 262 DNF DNF
2010 United States Krohn Racing United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Proto-Auto Lola B08/70-Ford DP 735 4th 4th
2011 United States Starworks Motorsport Canada Mike Forest
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
United States Jim Lowe
Czech Republic Tomá? Enge
Riley Mk. XX-Ford DP 552 DNF DNF
2012 United States Krohn Racing United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Proto-Auto Lola B08/70-Ford DP 713 19th 11th
2013 United States Doran Racing United States Jon Bennett
United States Jim Lowe
Canada Paul Tracy
Dallara (Riley) Mk. XX-Ford DP 286 DNF DNF
2014 United States CORE Autosport United States Jon Bennett
United States James Gue
Canada Mark Wilkins
Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet PC 678 9th 1st
2015 United States CORE Autosport United States Jon Bennett
United States James Gue
Canada Mark Wilkins
Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet PC 704 10th 2nd
2016 United States CORE Autosport United States Jon Bennett
United Kingdom Martin Plowman
Canada Mark Wilkins
Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet PC 160 DNF DNF
2017 United States CORE Autosport United States Jon Bennett
United States Patrick Long
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Porsche 911 GT3 R GTD 340 DNF DNF
2018 United States CORE Autosport United States Jon Bennett
France Romain Dumas
France Loïc Duval
Oreca 07-Gibson P 808 3rd 3rd

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series

NASCAR Nationwide Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNSC Pts
2007 Roush Fenway Racing 16 Ford DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI NSH TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM
30
TEX PHO HOM 137th 73
2008 DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI NSH
15
TEX PHO MXC
33
TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW
21
NHA DAY
35
CHI GTY IRP
2
CGV
40
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 63rd 515
2009 60 DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW
QL+
NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP
QL+
IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM NA -
2010 16 DAY
34
CAL
18
LVS
28
BRI
37
NSH
30
PHO
34
TEX
13
TAL
32
RCH DAR DOV
10
CLT NSH KEN
10
ROA
11
NHA
12
DAY CHI
17
GTY
7
IRP
12
IOW
23
GLN
26
MCH
9
BRI CGV
22
ATL RCH DOV KAN
23
CAL
13
CLT
19
TEX
15
PHO
7
HOM
29
23rd 2374
98 GTY
QL?
+ - Qualified for Carl Edwards· ? - Qualified for Paul Menard

Camping World Truck Series

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCWTC Pts
2007 Roush Fenway Racing 50 Ford DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR
34
ATL TEX PHO HOM 109th 61
2008 6 DAY
31
CAL
9
ATL
28
MAR
14
KAN
3
CLT
15
MFD
16
DOV
8
TEX
22
MCH
6
MLW
31
MEM
29
KEN
16
IRP
15
NSH
6
BRI
32
GTW
9
NHA
28
LVS
12
TAL
4
MAR
25
ATL
20
TEX
5
PHO
28
HOM
14
13th 2856
2009 DAY
9
CAL
20
ATL
26
MAR
35
KAN
6
CLT
26
DOV
22
TEX
3
MCH
1
MLW
8
MEM
9
KEN
20
IRP
5
NSH
3
BRI
12
CHI
3
IOW
3
GTW
19
NHA
9
LVS
17
MAR
3
TAL
12
TEX
5
PHO
28
HOM
3
5th 3338
2011 Billy Ballew Motorsports 51 Ford DAY PHO DAR MAR NSH DOV CLT KAN TEX KEN IOW NSH IRP POC MCH
9
BRI ATL
19
CHI NHA KEN LVS TAL MAR TEX HOM 50th 60

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2007 United States Risi Competizione
United States Krohn Racing
United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 314 19th 2nd

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

(key)(Races in bold indicate pole position. Races in italics indicate fastest race lap in class. Results are overall/class)

Year Team Make Engine Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 PC DAY
ovr:9
cls:1
SIR
ovr:10
cls:1
MRLS
ovr:7
cls:7
KAN
ovr:1
cls:1
WGI
ovr:6
cls:1
IMS
ovr:11
cls:3
RA
ovr:39
cls:8
VIR
ovr:3
cls:3
COTA
ovr:9
cls:2
ATL
ovr:6
cls:2
1st 321
2015 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 PC DAY
ovr:10
cls:2
SIR
ovr:7
cls:2
MRLS
ovr:8
cls:2
DET
ovr:19
cls:4
WGI
ovr:7
cls:4
CTMP
ovr:8
cls:1
LRP
ovr:4
cls:4
RA
ovr:9
cls:3
COTA
ovr:6
cls:1
ATL
ovr:29
cls:4
1st 318
2016 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet LS3 PC DAY
ovr:52
cls:8
SIR
ovr:9
cls:1
LBC
ovr:25
cls:7
MRLS
ovr:3
cls:3
DET WGI CTMP LRP
RA
COTA
ATL

Complete Global Rallycross Championship results

(key)

GRC Lites

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 GRC Points
2016 CORE Autosport Lites Ford Fiesta PHO1
PHO2
DAL
DAY1
3
DAY2
10
MCAS1 MCAS2
C
DC
12
AC
3
SEA
LA1
DSQ
LA2
3
10th 154
2017 CORE Autosport Lites Ford Fiesta MEM
4
LOU
4
THO1
4
THO2
2
OTT1
2
OTT2
8
INDY
AC1
DNS
AC2
4
SEA1
SEA2
LA
8th 405

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