Cole Glasson continued the 2011 season this past weekend in Homestead at the opening rounds of the East Pan American Challenge. He arrived Thursday morning with the DFR Team and his coach/tuner Chris Wehrheim to try and continue the success from the Florida Winter Tour and get partially qualified for the Pan American Nationals in September. The weekend ended with some unlucky breaks and mistakes which caused him to drive from the back in both mains, but he salvaged two top 10 finishes.
At the end of the practice sessions on Friday, Cole was in the top five in times and positioned well for the weekend. Saturday’s qualifying placed him in P6 to start the prefinal competition. The prefinal started off well as Cole stayed with the lead pack and worked himself into P4. Just before taking the white flag, a driving mistake allowed several positions behind to close the gap. Contact going into a tight turn punctured Cole’s right tire causing an early retirement from the race and a P15 start for the final. In the final, Cole had a solid run going from P15 to P7 at the checkered flag.
Sunday started with another disappointment- qualifying, P11. In the start of the prefinal, a turn 1 incident sent Cole to the back of the field. Cole was able to work into P19 before the checkered flag, but again would find himself at the back of a very tough Mini Max field. Putting together his best run of the weekend, Cole had a great start through Turn 1 and turned lap times within 6/100ths of the leader. This allowed him to move 10 spots before the checkered flag finishing in P9 and added a second top 10 finish to the weekend. While not the finishes he had planned, the young driver is confident he can correct track mistakes and improve his qualifying to give him solid podium runs in the rest of the National series races.
Cole’s next national race is the second round of the Pan American East Championship that kicks off in South Bend, Indiana, May 19th through 22nd where he will search for another National podium. Cole would like to thank DeFrancesco Racing / SupertuneUSA who supported him this weekend along with his teammates Devlin DeFrancesco, Lachlan DeFrancesco, Dore Chaponick, Sebastien Coulson along with their tuners and especially his tuner and coach, Chris Wehrheim that helped Cole’s driving all weekend.
Cole is supported in 2011 by DeFrancesco Racing, Supertune USA, Rising Star Motorsports Development, Frozen Fire Films, Glasson Racing, Wayrock, Bell Racing, Comet Cleaners, MyComm and Tyler Web Design. For more information on Cole or sponsorship opportunities, visit his website www.coleglasson.com. Join Cole's Fan Page at www.facebook.com/pages/Cole-Glasson-Racing/286802299554 to follow his latest news.