Cole Whitt, driver of the Turn One Racing Fuel Doctor #60 in the Camping World Truck Series, will make his Cup debut this week at Phoenix International Raceway when he will attempt to qualify the Red Bull Racing #84.
Whitt, in the running for the series' Rookie of the Year Award, currently sits 9th in the NCWTS point standings, has 2 previous starts at PIR in the truck and Nationwide Series. He started 9th and finished 6th in the NCWTS event. He started 23rd and finished 15th in the Nationwide Series race.
Whitt, who has been racing since age 5 in BMX, saw a cousin racing karts and asked his father, Tobin, if he could have a kart, too. Dad said yes, and Whitt went on to win race after race on his way to eight International Karting Federation and two World Karting Association Grand National Championships.
In 2004, Whitt was racing junior winged sprint cars that progressed into full-size midgets and 410 sprinters. That same year, the still only 13 year old Whitt advanced to the semifinals of the Red Bull Driver Search in Sebring, Fla. He has 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.
In 2008, Whitt won the USAC National Midget championship to become the youngest USAC champion in the sanctioning body's 58-year history. He won the prestigious Hut Hundred and finished fourth in the USAC National Sprint Car Series driving for Keith Kunz Motorsports. All totaled: 11 wins in 80-some races. In 2009, he finished second in sprints, sixth in midgets, won two USAC Silver Crown events and earned a combined 17 victories on the national and local levels.
Whitt drove stock cars for the first time in 2010. In his first start in the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota, Whitt won the pole and finished third in the East series opener at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. He went on to finish fourth in points with two poles, six top fives and seven top 10s in only 10 races.
In November 2010, Whitt was brought into NASCAR's Nationwide Series in the #84 Toyota at Phoenix, where he qualified 23rd and finished an impressive 15th.
In the Truck finale at Homestead, he qualified 10th and finished 28th after an on-track incident ruined what could have been a top-10 day, and he went full time in NCWTS for 2011. He is currently 9th in points with 2 races to go, and is a contender for Rookie Of The Year honors in that series.
Look for Whitt to impress, this kid is an old-school style racer who came up a very similar path as 4 time champion Jeff Gordon.