Welcome to the third edition of “11 Questions with…”! At the end of each segment the current week’s driver will get to decide what the 11th question will be for the next guest. Simple and entertaining. Today, I’m happy to have Cole Ketcham with me. Cole drives non-wing sprint cars and is from Muncie, Indiana. Let’s get to know a little more about him.
If you got the chance to redo one race, which one would it be and why?
I’d have to say Plymouth Speedway in 2015. I was a rookie leading the race. There was a late race caution, the track changed, and I didn’t adjust to it. It ended up costing me a win. I’d have liked to have had that rookie win.
What is your reputation as a driver from other people’s perspective, and do you think that stigma holds true?
I’m not really sure. I’ve never really thought about it. I do know I’ve had some run-ins with a couple of other drivers, and I’ve also been the nice guy on the track before too. So, I guess my reputation would be a little different depending on who you ask.
My favorite thing about being in the car would be just the actual feeling of it. There’s no possible way to explain what it’s like to race sprint cars, but I would say it’s more the feeling of being able to control something virtually uncontrollable.
What is your “retaliation policy” if someone wrecks you, if any? Do you settle it on the track by beating them; give them a little bump; talk to them after the race? How do you handle it?
I like to at least tell someone I didn’t like what happened so they know to expect me to race them dirty from then on. I don’t have a script. There is no actual policy because all situations are different. I’ve learned to just roll with it because accidents, no matter who’s at fault, are going to happen in this style of racing.
If you had to race on one track for the rest of your life which one would it be and why?
That’s easy, Kokomo Speedway. It’s close to home, and the racing is always better there than anywhere I’ve been. It’s fast, on the edge, and the O’Connor’s are some of the best people I’ve met. They are always going out of their way to help anyone who needs it, and they do whatever it takes to get a race in.
If you could pick one product sponsor what would it be and why?
I’d probably have to say, Honda, so I could get some complimentary dirt bikes or ATVs, HAHA!
If you came out with an Autobiography what would it be called?
“Life on Wheels”.
—That sounds interesting. Tell me why?
—Besides racing, most of my jobs have been related to cars. Whether it’s driving transport, making car parts, small engine work, working at a car lot, building campers, and now starting up an auto detail business. Cars have just been a big part of my life.
Honestly, I probably would’ve went to school for something I didn’t care for, but brought in good money. Racing has been the only thing I’ve been interested in doing.
What is something you would change about open wheel racing and why?
The cost. Our team struggles to afford it, and I know we aren’t the only ones. It would help to level the playing field as well.
If you had to audition for American Idol what song would you sing and why?
Some Aerosmith would probably help my case if Steven Tyler is judging.
Last week’s driver, Hunter Schuerenberg, got to pick the final question and he wants to know:
If you were at a race and had to pick one of your competitors to win, who would it be and why?
Josh Spencer. He’s a good guy with a budget, and he’ll help anyone with anything he can.
Ok, so what’s the 11th question for Spencer Bayston going to be?
What is your pre-race/race day routine?
That’s a wrap everybody! We hope you learned a little bit more about Cole, and had a couple laughs along the way. Big thanks to Cole Ketcham for being our guest. “11 Questions with…Spencer Bayston” is set for June 20th.