20-YEAR-OLD COLIN GARRETT races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to combat Veteran suicide
Since February 2019, Colin has promoted the free Veteran suicide prevention services offered by nonprofit Racing For Heroes. In November 2019 he added nonprofit The Rosie Network to expand his National Awareness Campaign. Both of his older brothers are active duty Army, so this cause is personal to him.
He and 27-year-old team owner Sam Hunt, the youngest owner-driver duo in the sport, have started a new Xfinity Series team for 2020.
Their vision is to run a car that is wholly dedicated to promoting awareness of causes important to veterans and military families, veteran- and military spouse-owned businesses, and companies that hire and support the military community. They're crowdfunding the team to replace corporate sponsor dollars so they can promote the nonprofits pro bono.
Unlike most race car drivers who have been racing karts since early childhood, Colin didn't begin racing until he was almost 15 years old.
His very first year of racing was 2015, when he ran a Pure Stock car and finished 8th in points at South Boston Speedway.
In 2016, his second season racing, Colin successfully transitioned to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Limited Late Model Stock Car and finished 4th in points at South Boston Speedway.
In just his third racing season, Colin was South Boston Speedway's 2017 Limited Sportsman Division Champion and broke the track's qualifying speed record twice during the season.
In 2018, his fourth season racing, Colin raced in both the K&N Pro Series East and the Late Model Division. Although he missed the first 2 races of the K&N Pro Series, he still finished 10th in points for the season.
In 2019, he began racing in Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series while still racing in the K&N Pro Series and Super Late Model. He promoted the veteran suicide prevention services provided by nonprofit Racing For Heroes throughout the 2019 season on all of his racing vehicles.
In 2020, he and team owner Sam Hunt started a new Xfinity Series team together. In order to promote nonprofits Racing For Heroes and The Rosie Network on the car, they crowdfunded for Daytona. Exceeding their goal of $200k, they were also able set aside enough to pay for a veteran's stem cell treatments. The COVID shutdown threw the season into turmoil, but were very successful in the races they were able to run. Because there was no qualifying and they're a new team they started at the back, but finished races as high as P14.
With COVID still going full force heading into 2021, Colin will run as many races as possible and continue to race to combat veteran suicide.
Xfinity and Camping world truck Series
Colin ran his first Xfinity and Truck races during the 2019 season, only his 5th season of racing. His first Xfinity race was the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway, driving the No. 66 Racing For Heroes Toyota for MBM Motorsports. His first Truck race was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway driving Niece Motorsports' No. 38 Wide Open Entrepreneurs Chevrolet.
The 2020 season has been disrupted, like the rest of America, because of COVID-19. Colin and Sam Hunt Racing's The Rosie Network / Racing For Heroes No. 26 Toyota plan to race in as many races as possible. Their first race after NASCAR restarted was at Darlington Raceway, known as being “Too Tough to Tame." In the words of Fox Sports writer Jared Turner, it “inflicts headaches on the most seasoned veterans. It notoriously punishes rookies. It crushes dreams.”
A new team with a rookie Xfinity driver who had never even been to Darlington would be racing with no practice laps or qualifying. What could possibly go wrong?
Colin and the team showed they can compete with the best, most well-funded teams in the Series by finishing without putting a scratch on the car, racing with the front half of the field and earning those teams' respect along the way.
K&N Pro Series East Achievements
Colin raced in the K&N Pro Series East during 2018 and 2019; he is currently in the Top 10 for the 2019 season. In only his second career K&N start, he finished in the Top 3 and recorded Hunt-Sellers Racing's highest finish as a team. Although he missed the first two K&N races of 2018, he was 10th in points in the K&N Pro Series East and also won the Driver Achievement Award at the NASCAR Touring Series 2018 Banquet.
South Boston Speedway Limited Late Model Stock Car Achievements
In 2017 Colin was awarded the UNOH Youth Achievement Award again. He also won the 2017 Limited Pole Award for breaking the track’s qualifying speed record twice that year in the Limited Late Model Division. His top speed even beat the Late Model track record making him the current record holder for track speed. He is the 2017 Limited Pole and Lap Leader, with 5 poles won that year.
Colin scored his first win May 20th, 2017 at South Boston Speedway in the 40-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race. He went on to win 4 more races, securing him the Limited Sportsman Division Championship.
Dominion Raceway Late Model Stock Car Division Achievements
To start the 2018 race season Colin won race 2 of Radley Duel Late Model Race April 14, 2018 at Dominion Raceway.
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Launched new Xfinity Series team
Colin and team owner Sam Hunt started a new crowdfunded Xfinity Series team, racing to combat veteran suicide.
Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut race
Colin drove the No. 38 Wide Open Entrepreneurs Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in his Truck debut.
Xfinity Series debut race
Colin made his Xfinity Series debut in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway, driving the No. 66 Racing For Heroes Toyota for MBM Motorsports.
Won 2 awards at the NASCAR Touring Series 2018 Banquet
K&N Pro Series East 10th in Points; Driver Achievement Award
Top-3 finish in his 2nd career K&N start
Recorded Hunt-Sellers Racing's highest finish as a team to date.
First Win of the 2018 Season Radley Duel at Dominion Raceway
View race results at Domion Raceway: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/4796017
2017 UNOH Youth Achievement Award
On top of his division Championship, Colin was awarded for his 2017 achievements at South Boston Speedway including, UNOH Youth Achievement Award. He also had the most wins and laps for the season and most poles won with 5 at South Boston Speedway.
First Win at Dominion Raceway
2017 Limited Sportsman Champion!
Colin Wins 40 Lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Race
SWEEPS SBS LS TWINBILL
First Win of 2017 Season
First win of Colin's racing career! 40-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race at South Boston Speedway.
AWARDED 2017 LIMITED POLE AWARD
Colin Receives UNOH Youth Achievement Award and Named Rookie of the Year
Colin and "Blue's Clues" #24 Toyota Camry 2016 finished the season awarded with the UNOH Youth Achievement Award and Rookie of the Year.
Started Racing Pure Stock
At 14 years old, Colin started his racing career in the Pure Stock class at South Boston Speedway, he finished 8th in points.
Colin Went to Camp Motorsport
At 10 years old Colin wanted to race like the pros. He went to Camp Motorsport to start off his career.