You can take the man out of Canada, but you can’t take hockey out of the Canadian.
Cole Pearn, crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series, grew up playing hockey north of the border, while also watching his father racing on short tracks in the Great White North.
As much as he loved hockey, Pearn eventually realized that talent-wise, he’d never be the next Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux.
So he gravitated to what he did even better: driving and working on race cars.
After earning an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Pearn found his way to North Carolina and then west to Denver, Colo., where Furniture Row Racing is based, the only major Sprint Cup team west of the Mississippi River.
In a way, Denver reminds Pearn of Canada, he told Al Pearce of AutoWeek.com.
“I liked the mountains and the outdoors, so living in Denver is great for me,” Pearn said. “It was a good move for me, better than living in North Carolina.”
Pearn is also still able to lace up the skates and grab the old hockey stick fairly often.
“I like to ski and I play ‘beer league’ hockey, so Denver is fine with me,” he said. “I don’t race anymore, so hockey is the next-best thing.
“It’s something that helps me clear my head and get away from racing for a while.”