Kol Bailey was born for racing. After all, it’s in Kol Bailey’s blood. The only thing that outweighs his great passion for racing is his love of Christ. Apart from ministry, and racing he is the CEO of Imune Clothing. His first taste of racing was when he was one month old. He regularly attended Nascar, Indy Car, Midget, Sprintcar and Silvercrown races out at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).
Ever since then racing has been his passion. At the age of four, Kol got his first taste of racing. He started out racing quads and motocross. After some success, it was decided that he would begin racing cars.
In 2009, he made his Trophy Kart debut in the Arizona Whiplash championship. The first season saw Kol take three victories, ten podiums and third in the championship.
2010 was Kol’s break-through season. He finished on the top step of the podium six times, along with nine more podium finishes en route to the Inaugural 2010 ASCC regional championship.
In 2011, Kol sat-out for most of the year. At the end of the season, he made the choice to switch to sprint karting.
2014 was a season of learning for Kol. He competed in many races at the Los Angeles Karting Championships and the SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge, running with the some of the best S2 Semi-Pro 125cc Shifter Kart drivers on the west coast.
In 2015, Kol committed to a full assault on the SKUSA Pro Kart and Pro Tour Championships driving for Pure Karting, LLC in the S2 class (125cc Gearbox Karts), finishing in the top 10 in national series points with a SKUSA PKC podium at Adams Motorsports park.
2016 saw Kol’s Sophomore year in the S2 class, again under the Pure Karting, LLC banner. Another SKUSA PKC podium and an 8th place finish at the prestigious SKUSA Supernationals were the highlights of the year.
2017 saw Kol move to the legendary Lodi, California based team of Leading Edge Motorsports with the Praga chassis working with veteran driver and tuner Tad Funakoshi, again in the S2 class. Many races he had speed to win, but the first half of the season was not smooth-sailing by any means, with only a pole position and 2nd place finish at Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. After the Summernationals in Newcastle, Indiana that year, a line-up change forced Kol and Funakoshi to part ways. Going-in to the Monterey PKC round, Kol was paired with another American karting legend; Gary Carlton. With this new pairing, Kol went on to dominate the Monterey round, the famous Lancaster Grand Prix, and very nearly, the SKUSA Supernationals in Las Vegas, NV.
For 2018, Kol and Carlton worked together for his rookie season in the S1 Pro-Stock Moto class. Finishing in the top 5 at a few SKUSA races, the year ended with Kol’s switch from IPK to GFC for the remaining two rounds in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2019 and 2020 were both formative years for Kol and the GFC team. Multiple podiums, a race victory and vice championships were awarded due to their merit. For the Rok the Rio, Kol received the call up to switch to DR Racing Kart for Las Vegas.
For 2021, Kol will be joining forces with veteran U.S. karting program J3 Competition in the Rok Shifter, KZ and TaG categories. He will assume development and race weekend roles with more information to come soon.
Get to Know Kol Bailey
Langauges: English, Italian.
Date of Birth: 2/28/1997
Hometown: Peoria, AZ
Race Number: 486
Team: J3 Competition
Hobbies: Hanging-out with friends, Church, Training, Sim Racing.
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Music Genre: Anything
Heroes: Jesus, Al Holbert, Robert Kubica