Cole Ogden was first introduced to racing at age 6, his father gave him his first RC Car which was a Team Associated B3. Cole played around in his backyard track until he got very comfortable with driving. Cole and his Dad traveled to Dalton, GA to compete in Cole’s first race. With racing experience under his belt and a competitive spirit, Cole knew he wanted to continue racing. As Cole grew older, and more comfortable with the B3, Cole’s Dad then got him an Associated RC10GT. Cole continued racing this until he was surprised with a Team Losi XXX-NT RTR on his eighth birthday. Cole and his Dad started traveling and racing all over the southeast. Cole raced in events such as the Watermelon Classic, RC Pro Series, and some other larger events back in the day. When Cole turned 11 years old, he started racing his first 1/8th scale car, which was a Kyosho. In his early middle school days, Cole raced every now and then but never thought it would get him anywhere. After winning the RC Pro Series Intermediate Championship Cole knew he had the ability to compete at a regional level. From the competition of racing to the interactions with other competitors, Cole knew RC racing would be a part of his life for years to come.
Proceeding onto his high school years, Cole also was into flying real airplanes. He spent an entire summer with his uncle down in Ft. Lauderdale, FL taking flying lessons. It really enthused him, just not quite as much as RC did. Cole hopes to possibly flying real airplanes for a living someday down the road. Moving on to his senior year of high school, and looking back through his years of racing, Cole had some great results with racing in his region. That’s when he made a choice to go straight to work after school, so that he could pay for his racing. Cole has a huge passion for this industry and racing, that’s why he chose this path. Cole’s extraordinary competitive spirit gives him focus on being the best he can be in RC Racing. Having raced for as long as he has, it just became a part of his life. By working, and having an awesome employer, Cole could take off work on a short notice and attend races to further his experience.
Right after graduation (May 2012), Cole’s first plan was to race as much as possible and prepare for the 2013 ROAR Nationals, held in Texas. Cole decided to make a chassis swap right before the 2013 Dirt Nitro Challenge, which did not work out to well for him. Cole decided to switch back to TLR to prepare for the upcoming Nationals. When the Nationals came around, his goal was to qualify directly into the quarters. Cole had reached his goal and went beyond by winning the quarters and bumping up to the semis. Between the races, there wasn’t much prep time, from trying to find someone to marshal for him to getting tires glued. After all his prep, there’s one thing he did forget before the semis. While running a solid 4th spot in the semis, his receiver pack died with 3 minutes left in the race. Cole didn’t get the transfer spot into the finals and his Nationals were over. Cole took this as a learning experience, and it hasn’t happened since.
Cole’s racing has taken off in the past two years, and he is really appreciative of who has made it happen. He also had a couple of memorable wins in the past year. Right after placing in the quarters at the World Championships, Cole doubled the Southern Nationals in Louisiana winning Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy, Doubled SIC in Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy (2nd year in a row). Cole took the win in the Pro Truggy class at Bring the Heat in Flowood and won Pro Buggy at the Fall Brawl. With these successful results, and keeping his equipment fresh, Cole believes he has what it takes to compete with the absolute best. He strives to race at his full potential at every event, and spreading his knowledge of the industry is what he loves doing. Cole has worked hard for what he has and he continues to make the best out of his racing career, especially now with JConcepts by his side. Cole really looks forward to racing at the best events all around the world in 2015 and beyond.
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