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NASCAR's Cole Pearn Is Running A Backcountry Operation In B.C.

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Two different seasons, multitudes of different equipment, and though there are NASCAR tracks that are spitting distance from ski hills, this story has two entirely different locations. Cole Pearn, ex-crew chief for driver Martin Truex Jr., has gone from pit row to the backcountry of British Columbia, Canada.

Now, the announcement of Pearn's retirement a few weeks back came as a shock to the stock car racing world. As crew chief for Truex, Pearn had a great run, including an unprecedented 24 wins together from 2015 through 2019, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2017, two runner-up finishes and final-four appearances in four of the last five playoffs.

But, according to a story in the Toronto Sun, Cole Pearn felt that it was time to put his efforts into something a little closer to home, in this case, wanting to spend more time at home with his family.

“I’ve missed a lot of years already with my kids,” said Pearn, in the Toronto Sun, who has a 7-year-old son, Callum, and 5-year-old daughter, Freya. “I’ve had a ton of great memories when we do get time together, but that day-to-day life, they’re not used to me being there, so for me I felt like the window was closing. I think once they’re teenagers they probably won’t want anything to do with me. If I was going to be part of their lives, the window was now. I think that really pushed us to make the decision as early as we did.”

Though a native to Ontario, Pearn has recently taken over a backcountry skiing and hiking operation, Golden Apple Holidays, near Golden, British Columbia. It was during a conversation with the former owner of Golden Apple Holidays during a ski trip in Japan that put the idea into Peran's head. 

“It just seemed to cross a lot of the things off the list of what we were looking for,” said Pearn, again to the Toronto Sun, who has been vacationing at Golden Alpine Holidays for the past six years and ranks hockey and skiing as his life’s passions alongside stock-car racing. “We finally came to a point this year where we found an avenue that we felt could work and we were excited about and we just decided to act on it. We’re either going to do this or we’re not, and we didn’t feel good about any other options and that’s kind of how we settled on our plan.”

It is true, NASCAR and backcountry skiing are two totally different worlds, but when it comes to being able to be more involved with family, and for Pearn being able to raise his children back in his home country, it seems the crew chief has made a great choice. Especially with the bonus of all the skiing he and his family can ask for...and you know...hockey, being that Pearn is a Maple Leafs fan.

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