Three-time Rolex 24 winner and 2022 IMSA LMP3 champion, Colin Braun, has carved his way around racetracks from the U.S. to Asia and many places in between. Colin’s passion for racing began at an early age growing up in a racing family in his hometown of Ovalo, Texas. From the first time, he commanded the wheel of a go-kart with his father’s coaching, it was clear Colin’s future would involve anything with four tires and a motor.
Colin’s sports car career is decorated with wins at the famed Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Six Hours of Watkins Glen events. With a nod to his former NASCAR days, he’s credited with turning the fastest lap around the Daytona International Speedway oval at 222.971mph in the Ford Ecoboost-powered Daytona Prototype machine with Michael Shank Racing. Hand-picked by Ford, Colin’s 40.364-second lap broke Bill Elliott’s previous record carving out another career milestone.
While impressive, this wasn’t the first time Colin left his mark in the racing history books. At just 16, Colin made his road racing debut at one of sports car racing’s crown jewels, the Rolex 24-Hour race in Daytona. The following year he became the youngest driver to race in the top-tier Prototype class at just 17. And in 2006, Colin was the youngest driver ever to place on the podium at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing second. His ascent was remarkable and caught the attention of top teams and manufacturers.
Before returning to Sports Car racing full-time, the standout moved to oval racing when NASCAR’s top team, Roush Fenway Racing, and Ford came calling in 2007. Competing in NASCAR’s Truck and Nationwide Series’ Colin accrued wins, poles, and Rookie-of-the-Year honors.
Colin has collected countless wins, poles, and podiums throughout his sports car career while racing in the ALMS, IMSA, and SRO series’. In what would become a bizarre year full of disrupted schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Colin made his 16th consecutive start at the Rolex 24 in 2020 and mounted his third career win at the famed race with DragonSpeed. In 2022, Colin became a three-time IMSA champion with co-driver Jon Bennett. The duo raced to the LMP3 championship adding to their back-to-back IMSA PC championship runs in 2014 and 2015.
Colin returned to CrowdStrike Racing in 2022 to pilot the No. 04 CrowdStrike Racing/AWS machine for the fourth consecutive year in GT3 competition. Sharing driving duties with George Kurtz, the duo amassed three wins, including an overall win at Watkins Glen, and remained in championship contention until the final lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To close out the 2022 season, Colin partnered with CrowdStrike Racing and Riley Motorsports to win the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with co-drivers, Kurtz, Matt McMurry, and Felipe Fraga in a LMP3.
In 2023, Colin will once again co-pilot the No. 04 CrowdStrike Racing/AWS car for a full season with George as the team makes a run for the GT3 championship. Colin also returns to IMSA competition with Meyers Shank Racing, co-driving the No. 60 Acura ARX-06 with Tom Blomqvist in the new GTP class.
His career is filled with firsts, but Colin isn’t done yet. He continues to excel, and as he enters the 2023 racing season, his mission remains to win races and deliver results for his teams, partners, and fans.