Coleman Enjoys Cup Test
This Nationwide Series hasn't been what Brad Coleman
was hoping for thus far, but getting a chance to test a Sprint Cup car for Hall of Fame Racing at Pocono a week ago left a smile on the 18-year-old's face.
Coleman signed with the team as a test driver last year with the long-term goal of running some Cup races with the team if everything were to fall into place. The pieces haven't come together just yet, but the Pocono test was a start.
"The Cup test was a lot of fun. It was my first time in the COT at Pocono and the first time to ever be at Pocono," Coleman said. "Basically our goal was to get used to the car, take it easy, and that's exactly what we did. It was a lot of fun going out there and driving one of those for the first time.
"That rear wing on the back, I like it a lot because you can get that thing pretty sideways and it's gonna save it. It was just a really fun car to drive for me. We didn't tape up and do a qualifying run like everyone else at the end even though I really wanted to. I think it was a good decision not to."
Rather low-key by nature, Coleman already sounded like a veteran at Dover while waiting out a three-hour rain delay before the start of the Nationwide Series race. He joked that he's had plenty of practice.
"After the beginning of this year, I've really gotten used to it. For the first six races, half of them were rain-delayed or four of them were rain-delayed and we didn't [get a chance to] qualify for most of them," Coleman said of races in which the field was set by owners' points. "I just really got used to sitting around and watching it rain.
"All you can do really is sit there and watch the TV coverage and watch ESPN and see what's going on. It's something you have to deal with as a driver. There are drivers that do get excited, but me, I don't find myself getting too overly anxious when a race is about to start. So, it doesn't throw me off too much."