March 11, 2013- Dallas, Texas – Cole Glasson saw his first action in a kart race since the 2011 Vegas SuperNats during the March 2nd- 3rd event at the Texas Lone Star Grand Prix in Lockhart, Texas. The 12 year old competed in the Tag Jr. class driving a Kosmic kart provided by Iron Rock Motorsports and Charlie Swayne. The kart was powered by a Rotax motor and stayed in the top 2 positions all weekend. While the Cole only saw one practice session before qualifying due to a mechanical issue, he still posted the second fastest lap time to start the prefinal on the outside of row 1. Cole quickly took the lead at the start going in to turn one, but his move did not stick and sent him into the hay bales and falling to the tail of the field for the 8 lap race. Cole did not waste any time getting moving again and making his way back up to P2 before the checkered flag. Cole and Charlie made some changes for Sunday’s event that looked to pay off as Cole posted the fastest time in the morning practice session. Starting again on the outside of the front row, Cole again found trouble early in the race as he ended back into the hay bales and at the tail of the field. He quickly moved up to P2 and turned his fastest times of the weekend taking a 2nd place finish. While the finish was not his desired results, he was happy to be standing on the podium.
This is one of the few kart races that Cole has slated for 2013 as Cole Glasson Racing and McCallister Precision Marketing (MPM) announced earlier in the year that Cole Glasson had been signed to a two year driver development agreement to race the "00" Ford Fusion Late Model in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance for the 2013 and 2014 race seasons. After completing the CRA Driver Approval Process for drivers under the age of 15, Glasson could be the youngest competitor to ever take a green flag for a CRA event when the season starts. Cole will begin testing immediately with the team to prepare for the season opener on April 28, 2013, at Springport Motor Speedway. The series includes 13 races on 11 different tracks located in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio averaging 24-28 cars in each field.
The 400+ horsepower late model will require a change in driving style from what Glasson has been accustomed to in the 185 horsepower Midget he drove in 2012. Cole has already begun increased physical training in preparation for the 100 lap races he will see in 2013. In 2012, Glasson switched from a successful national karting campaign to Ford Focus Midgets where he made eight starts in the USAC series and finished in the top three in the last race of the season. “Cole has significant experience and accomplishments for such a young age and is a pleasure to work with," said Tonya McCallister, Glasson's agent and President of MPM Marketing. “He is going to be a positive representative for companies on and off the track, and we are looking forward to building some great partnerships."
To follow Cole Glasson's race season and latest updates join his Fan Page at www.facebook.com/ColeGlassonRacing or www.coleglasson.com. For marketing opportunities with Andy Ponstein Racing and Cole Glasson, please contact Tonya McCallister, MPM Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-361-6199