|April 14, 2003 News
|Driver Spotlight - Cole Whitt
| Whitt in action at Jacksonville PMT|
The name Cole Whitt has spread across the country like a wild fire over the past couple of years. Just over the past season, the 11 year old California native dominated the IKF Region Seven Championship Series where he went on to Marshalltown, Iowa and blistered the competition with five poles and four junior class wins at the Sprint Grand Nationals. From there, he went on to the WKA Grands to test the water in WKA at Dousman. He earned two poles and two WKA national titles. He's added 60cc shifters to his Yamaha class competition and again proved he was dominant in the Mission Region.
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This year, Cole has moved up into the 80cc Junior Competition and handled his upgrade well with a win in the hotly contested 80cc Formula Junior class at Jacksonville with a pole and two feature wins. Next stop will be round one of the Western ProMoto Tour and he will contest the 2003 season in the Region 7 Championship Series, IKF Grands, WKA Grands, Stars of Tomorrow and SKUSA competiton.
Cole’s parents, Tobin and Kim, not only take his racing seriously, but his education as well. It is not uncommon to see Kim working with Cole on homework at the track or hotel room and he scores excellent grades as well. In addition, he plays golf and other sports quite well. How do they find time for all of this? They are able to fly in to the races with assistance from Jason Bowles who transports the equipment to the track and helps them at the races.
Here's a look at this fabulous talent, unplugged!
Name : Cole Whitt
Date of Birth: 06/22/91, Age 11
Home town: Alpine, California
Parents: Tobin & Kim
Siblings: Brother, Wes, 15 yrs. plays soccer competitively.
Height and weight: 4 foot 5 inches, 75 pounds
His Education: Fifth Grader at Meridian Christian Elementary, El Cajon, Calif.
His favorite web site: I like looking at Formula 1, NASCAR and any racing websites.
How long he’s been racing karts: 3 1/2 yrs. I started racing when I was 8 years old. My dad, grandpa and cousin Brandon, all raced. I got a chance to drive a go-kart one time when we were watching my cousin test at Perris. We had to put pillows and padding in the seat to make me fit. About a month later I was racing.
Who he would want to clean your visor: I guess my mom, because she would make sure it's real clean.
Team name: Whitt Racing
Chassis: Top-kart Viper
Engines: Woltjer - 80cc, Yamaha Jr. Sportsman & Super Sportsman, and HPV 2
Accomplishments: I won two main events at my first ProMoto event for SKUSA at Jacksonville. That was my first race moving up to the 80cc Junior. Currently in the Region 7 IKF Championship Series. I am running four classes and into the 4th round with 16 starts, I have 9 Main event wins.
• 4 Duffy's - IKF Grand Nationals 2002
• 5 Screaming Eagles IKF Grand Nationals 2002
• 2 WKA Target Grand National Titles, Dousman 2002
• 2 WKA Target Grand National Fast Time Awards 2002
• 3 IKF Region 7 Championships 2002
• IKF Region 7 Most Poles Award for Junior Driver (21)
• SKUSA Mission Series 60cc Champion 2002
• SKUSA Super Nationals Pole & Pre Main 60cc 2002
• 2 "Duffy's" IKF Grand Nationals in 2001
• 2 "Screaming Eagles" IKF Grand Nationals in 2001
• IKF Region 7 Champion 2001
• IKF Region 7 Most Poles Award Junior Driver (13)
• 2001 Calif. State Champion Junior 1& HPV Cadet
• 2000 Calif. State Champion Rookie Sportsman
Series he competes in: SKUSA ProMotoTour West., IKF Region 7 Championship Series and IKF Grand National Events, WKA Target Grand National Events, Stars Of Tomorrow Series.
His favorite tracks:I like all of them. Each one is different and I always like the challenge of learning a new track.
His favorite kart driver he’s raced with: Wade VanHooser, because he always races competitive and clean and he's a challenge. But he has moved up to an older class. So probably Johnathan Beason.
How he would describe his driving and sportsmanship style: Smooth and consistent. I like to be a leader so you have to be aggressive to keep up front.
What his favorite aspects about the sport of karting are: I like to go fast and control the kart and get to handle the best so we can be fast.
His favorite movie and/or TV show: Day's of Thunder and Inside Winston Cup Racing
His favorite actor and actress: Adam Sandler and Amanda from the Amanda Show
His favorite music: I like all kinds of music, but mostly Rock and Country
Favorite vacation activity spot: Hawaii
What type of street car he would like to drive if he had a license: If I could drive, I would drive a Ford F250 lifted with nice tires and wheels.
What would he drive if price were no object: Ferrari or a Shelby Mustang
His heroes are: I'm not sure if he's a hero but, Dale Earnhardt is my all time favorite driver.
Other things he’d like EKN readers to know about him: We are in the process of a website. It should be up soon, http://www.colewhitt.com