Spotlight: 49er Truckin' in NASCAR

Spotlight: 49er Truckin' in NASCAR

Date Published:
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Joey Coulter isn’t slowing down - which is a good thing for the UNC Charlotte student and NASCAR driver.

Coulter is a mechanical engineering student in the motorsports concentration in The Williams States Lee College of Engineering. He is also a professional race car driver, racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For the past three years, his class work has been getting harder and his racing schedule busier.

"It wouldn’t be fun if anything was slowing down," Coulter said. "There will be even more going on this year, and I’m really excited for it all. It’s going to be good on all levels."

For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Coulter was driving for Richard Childress Racing in the number 22 truck. He was rookie of the year in 2011 and finished third overall in the season’s point championship in 2012. For the 2013 season, he has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports to drive the number 18 NASCAR truck.

I was set on the UNC Charlotte motorsports program. I had heard a lot of good things about the school and this is the perfect place to be for racing.

Originally from Miami, Florida, Coulter has been racing his entire life. He started his driving career at the age of eight, racing go karts. Coulter and his family toured the country with several other Florida racing families for six years doing karting. He then raced short-track cars for two years and did the Hooters Pro-Cup series for two years.

When it came time to decide where to go to college, UNC Charlotte was his number-one choice. "I applied to several schools, but this was the only one I really wanted to go to," Coulter said. "I was set on the UNC Charlotte motorsports program. I had heard a lot of good things about the school and this is the perfect place to be for racing."

The schedule of a race car driver-student is demanding. Classes are Monday through Thursday. Coulter usually goes to the race shop two to three days a week to work out with the pit crew and do briefings with his crew chief and engineers. Since most of the truck races are on Fridays, the team usually leaves town on Wednesday evenings or Thursday mornings.

"I do my homework and studying when I can," Coulter said. "Sundays are always spent studying all day. I have a lot of friends at school who help me with notes when I’m gone and studying when I’m back. The professors also are extremely understanding and helpful with my schedule."

To keep up with Joey and the #18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra truck, visit his website.