Red Bull Racing Team - Drivers - Cole Whitt

Date of Birth:
June 22, 1991
Birthplace:
Alpine, Calif.
Resides:
Mooresville, NC

Driver, No. 60, Turn One Racing, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; driver, No. 84, Red Bull Racing Team, NASCAR Nationwide Series and K&N Pro Series East (2010); second, USAC National Sprint Car (2009); sixth, USAC National Midgets (2009); USAC National Midget champion (2008); fourth, USAC National Sprint Car (2008); 34 top-10 finishes in 60 starts (2007); Hoosier Sprint Car rookie of the year (2006); Red Bull Driver Search semifinalist (2004); eight-time International Karting Federation Grand National champion; two-time World Karting Association Grand National champion.

Cole Whitt

Red Bull Racing Team - Drivers - Cole Whitt

I Want to Make It in Nascar

Don't let his fiery red hair, boyish looks and diminutive frame fool you. Cole Whitt is every bit the guy capable of handling heavy cars at high speeds.

At only 19 years old, Whitt has been racing — and winning — for more than half his life. On BMX bikes, in karts, sprint cars and midgets. Now he's testing the asphalt ovals of NASCAR. "I want to make it in NASCAR," he said. "That's what I've always looked up to."

Under the guidance of Red Bull Racing Team, Whitt is competing in his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He drives the No. 60 for Turn One Racing — a two-truck outfit owned by veteran NASCAR driver Stacy Compton.

KARTING TO K&N EAST

Whitt’s best known for his accomplishments in USAC and NASCAR’s developmental K&N Pro Series East, but his story started as a 5-year-old BMX biker in Alpine, Calif. The competitive spirit was established, and the natural progression went to the California karting scene. When he turned 8 years old, Whitt saw a cousin race and asked his father, Tobin, if he could have a kart, too.

Dad obliged, and Whitt went on to win countless races, not to mention eight International Karting Federation and two World Karting Association Grand National championships. In 2004, Whitt took on junior winged sprint cars that progressed into full-size midgets and 410 sprinters.

That same year, a 13-year-old Whitt advanced to the semifinals of the Red Bull Driver Search in Sebring, Fla. Turned out this Cole kid had some talent, because he’s been a Red Bull athlete ever since.

In 2006, Whitt won the Hoosier Sprint Car rookie of the year award. The next year, he bounced between the United States Auto Club and local tracks, earning 34 top-10 finishes in 60 starts. He and his mother, Kim, then left California to start a full-time racing life in Lebanon, Ind.

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