About Colin Garrett
National Champion, 2023 TC America TCX
Advocate for Veterans, Accessibility, and Small Business since 2019
Unlike most race car drivers who have been racing karts since early childhood, South Boston, Virginia, native Colin Garrett 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 his hometown track, 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 2017, 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, 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, his fifth season, 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, his sixth season, he entered the Xfinity Series with team owner Sam Hunt, helping to start Hunt’s new Xfinity Series team. In order to continue to promote nonprofits Racing For Heroes and The Rosie Network on the car, they crowdfunded for Daytona. Exceeding their goal of $200k, Colin was also able set aside enough to pay for a veteran’s stem cell treatments for MS caused by exposure to chemicals while on active duty. The COVID shutdown threw the season into turmoil, but they were very successful in the races they were able to run. Because there was no qualifying and it was a new team they started at the back, but finished races as high as P14.
In 2021, his 7th season and amidst the continuing challenges of COVID, Garrett still found a way to make NASCAR history. Partnering with blind PhD chemist Hoby Wedler, he ran the first NASCAR ride with a Braille paint scheme to promote awareness of the need for accessibility.
In 2022, his 8th season, he entered the SRO TC America professional touring car series with Rooster Hall Racing, missing the championship by only 2 points although he didn’t race every race. He also ran in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
He & his 11/11 Veteran Project partnered with TeamUNBROKEN, founded by ESPYS Pat Tillman Award for Service Winner CSM Gretchen Evans (Ret), Tech For Troops, and Cyber Bytes Foundation. Garrett also continued to support veterans and military families directly with initiatives like crowdfunding for a family of 4 kids who lost their veteran Mom due to a misdiagnosed curable illness.
In 2023, his 9th season, he won the SRO TC America TCX class championship, clinching it with a weekend of racing still left in the season.
The inaugural 11/11 Veteran Project Pitch Competition was held at the Iowa Veteran Entrepreneurship Conference, with winners getting a spot on his car for a race. Colin will be collaborating on a crowdfunder with one of the winners, Sensiil Studios which is the first Black owned comic studio in Iowa, to pay for printing their next graphic novel and promoting more veteran owned business in 2024.
Garrett continued to add to the military organizations and small businesses he promotes with HEAL*arious therapeutic humor nonprofit, active duty comedian MandatoryFunDay and milspouse comedian Ashley Gutermuth.
Colin’s 11/11 Veteran Project held their inaugural Pitch Competition at the 2023 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference. Colin’s Dad, Ryan Garrett, and 11/11 Strategic Partnerships Director Lisa Kipps-Brown were keynote speakers and awarded the winners.
BMW Motorsports honored Colin Garrett, TC America TCX champion, as their 12th best driver globally at the prestigious Night of Trophies 2023 in Munich, Germany.
Army Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Gretchen Evans, winner of the Pat Tillman Award for Service and founder of TeamUNBROKEN, and Colin trackside after a race.
Colin’s disruptive campaign to help veterans, military families, and the disabled has already made NASCAR history.
- first to win a national championship while promoting Veteran & milspouse owned small businesses
- first crowdfunded Xfinity Series car
- first to pay for stem cell treatments for a veteran (treating MS caused by exposure to chemicals while on Active Duty)
- first to incorporate micro & small businesses into a national NASCAR campaign
- first to run pitch competitions for micro & small businesses to win a spot on his car
- first Black-owned, Service Disabled Veteran-owned NASCAR sponsor
- first Braille paint scheme and blind-owned sponsor