Brad Coleman's Christian Testimony
No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
NASCAR Nationwide Series
•Born: February 26, 1988
•Set world record as youngest team to complete the ROLEX 24 (age 16)
•Highest average finish of 2006 ARCA Drivers (age 18)
•Highest average finish of 2007 NASCAR Busch non-Cup Drivers (age 19)
You do not realize now what I am doing but later you will understand." John 13:7
2008 and 2009 were tough years for me. I came off a very successful 2007 rookie season with Joe Gibbs Racing, but they did not have the sponsorship for me to continue in 2008, and I needed the seat time. I had to leave a team of strong Christian people who I really cared for in order to pursue the time I needed behind the wheel of the race car. I could not understand why God was sending me away from the team I worked so well with and admired so much.
Then life became even more challenging. Things were happening around me I had never experienced and challenges put before me I had never expected. The economy also took a turn for the worse and added to the many frustrations I was facing. My plan was not working out the way I had envisioned, so I began to question everyone around me, and even worse, I began questioning God. I wanted to know why he had taken me out of such a good situation and put me in such a difficult one. The 2008 and 2009 seasons ultimately tested me way harder than any racetrack ever had.
Prayer was my salvation. As God always does, He kept me close and reassured me that He had a better plan. He reminded me that He opens doors no one can open and that His plan, no matter how long it takes, is always the answer to my prayers. He reminded me of the value of forgiveness, salvation, family and very close friends. He taught me patience and perseverance, and He strengthened my faith by fire. By His grace, I am back with Joe Gibbs Racing and grateful for the lessons learned along the way.
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