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Furniture Row Racing announced Wednesday that Cole Pearn has been promoted from lead race engineer to crew chief of the No. 78 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Pearn, 32, replaces Todd Berrier, who has been offered a key position to remain at Furniture Row Racing.
Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing’s general manager, said the team has also made new hires to strengthen the engineering staff.
“In an effort to continue to move the team forward we feel the personnel changes and new additions will yield positive results on the race track,” said Garone. “Cole has played a vital role in our growth. The well-rounded skill sets that he brings to the table in his new position as crew chief will be instrumental in our commitment to once again become a Chase participant. As a former racer and an experienced engineer, Cole has a thorough understanding of what it takes to bring us to that level.”
Pearn initially joined Furniture Row Racing from Richard Childress Racing at the start of the 2010 season. He led Furniture Row’s race-engineering staff through mid-year of 2011. He returned to the Denver-based team as the lead race engineer in the middle of 2012.
“I am looking forward with a great deal of enthusiasm to continue our work in progress at Furniture Row Racing,” said Pearn. “The ownership is 100 percent committed of fielding a competitive team on a weekly basis. We have the resources to be a Chase contender.”
A native of London, Ontario, Pearn competed as a racer in what is now known as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. He also raced late models and was a three-time Canadian national go-kart champion.
Pearn is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.