Colin Braun - Prototype Driver, At 15
Ahead of the announcement of the Rand Drivers for the team’s two Lola B2K / 40 AERs for the 2004 ALMS, the whole team was out at Roebling Road last week – and that included 15 year old Colin Braun.

dailysportscar.comWith 17 year old Jonathan Cocker driving a 911 GT3-RSR tomorrow, as the rest of us get older, the pedallers seem to get younger.

“He did 60 laps last week at Savannah,” comments his father Jeff. “He will be driving the cars at every test the team does this year.”

But Colin Braun has plenty of other plans for 2004. Having won the Fran Am 1600 championship - at age 14! - last year, the organisers have granted him a licence to race in the Formula Renault 2000 West Coast series (he’s still too young to run in the Grand Am sanctioned National series). The first race is this coming weekend in Fontana.

“He has done about 1,200 miles in the 2L car and hope we are ready,” says Jeff.

dailysportscar.comSlightly longer term plans include considering the British Formula Renault winter series (by which time Colin will be 16) and some Pro Mazda races this year, “or if things go well a shot at the third seat in the Rand Racing Lola for Petit Le Mans and Laguna,” explains Braun Snr.

“His strong point is his technical ability (having a race engineer as a Dad, he had little choice),” .... says Dad.

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dailysportscar.comLast week’s test was a perfect chance to learn from the pros present (Marino Franchitti, right), and within 14 laps, Colin was within three seconds of Rand’s regular drivers – despite the track and the car being completely new to him. Day two saw him out for his first racing experience ever in the rain – and he was soon looking for more front-end grip.

As the track dried, Colin Braun was sent out to find out how long the Yokohama wets lasted, among the damp spots and puddles.

Look out for this young man at Sebring – not driving (at least not in the race), but looking to take advantage of every learning opportunity…

 

 

 

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