Coulson Down But Not Out
February 16, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
He has a driver but no sponsor for the 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season.
"Most of my leads have not gone the way I’ve wanted them to," said Colson, who fielded Roberto Guerrero in a G Force-Aurora in the inaugural Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway last August. "We’re now searching for others."
Even the once-attainable Indianapolis 500, which Coulson told RacingOne last month that he’d enter "sponsor or not," now seems out of reach.
"If today is the day, I’d say I’m not going," Coulson said.
Coulson has been struggling to put together Team Coulson for a while now. Last season Coulson had veteran Davy Jones behind the wheel of his car at Indianapolis. Jones managed to get the car in the field but was bumped out on the final day of qualifications.
Three months later Coulson showed up at Kentucky with Guerrero. The veteran from Colombia qualified the No. 40 25th and finished 23rd after mechanical problems forced him out of the race. In October, Coulson reached an agreement with road-racer Chris Bingham that would bring him on board for the season finale at Texas Motor Speedway as Guerrero’s teammate.
As in Kentucky, mechanical problems spoiled the show.
The team never got the car in working order for Bingham, and to fulfill his commitment to the potential rookie, Coulson withdrew his race entry.
It’s been an uphill battle ever since.
Coming into 2001, Coulson had several potential sponsors on the phone, but nothing materialized. Now, he’s preparing for the future, particularly next season, while keeping open the possibility of entering the Indianapolis 500 and other late-season races.
"I’m remaining positive until the first part of April," Coulson said of his Indy chances.
As for other prospects, Coulson sees opportunities later this year.
"We have two leads, believe it or not, they’re not for Indy," he said. "They’re for later in the season, in their area."
Staying on the optimistic theme, Coulson stressed that even if he can’t compete in any IRNLS races this season, he’s not abandoning the series.
"Even if I don’t go this year, it doesn’t mean the end of us," Coulson said. "The next time we go out, we’re gonna do it right."
Sounds like a good plan.