Whether you follow IndyCar or NASCAR, there is a connection for Canadian fans. Two young engineers are playing critical roles in the success of top-ranked professional race teams in these series.
In IndyCar we of course, have Toronto’s James Hinchcliffe to cheer for. But you might not know, that atop the box for Charlie Kimball in the Ganassi team pits, is chief engineer, Canadian Todd Malloy. Meanwhile over in NASCAR, fellow Canadian Cole Pearn, is crew chief for Martin Truex at Furniture Row Racing.
The two are both graduates of the University of Waterloo Engineering program.
Todd, a native of Kapuskasing, went straight from graduation from university to an Indy Lights team, then up to Indy Car the following year, with Team Kool Green. Todd’s period at Andretti/Green racing (1998-2003) included working with Paul Tracy and Michael Andretti. He held complete engineering responsibility for the car of 2003 CART champion Paul Tracy; collecting six pole positions and six race wins en route to the 2003 championship.
Todd also worked with 2011 Indy 500 champions Bryan Herta Autosport and Newman Haas Lanigan Racing where he held race engineering responsibility for Graham Rahal’s first seasons in both Champcar and IRL; highlights included multiple Champcar podiums and one Indycar win.
Todd has engineered several wins at the Toronto Indy, the Indy 500 with Dan Wheldon in 2011, and the CART Championship with Paul Tracy in 2003. He was also the test engineer for the initial development of the Dallara DW12 race car, which all the teams now use.
Todd has been race engineer for Michael Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Alex Tagliani, Paul Tracy, Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon and now Charlie Kimball. This latest is the result of a shake up at Ganassi where crew chiefs for Kanaan and Kimball were swapped a couple of weeks ago. Chip Ganassi says the swap is intended to kick start Kimball’s year.
His first race with Malloy yielded his best finish of the year. Indy is next so let’ see what the combo can do.
Malloy is the son of Autofile.ca’s managing editor Gerry Malloy, himself an accomplished automotive engineer. He is married and has x young children. The family lives in
A native of London, ON, Cole has been involved in racing since childhood. His father Ron was a successful stock car racer in Ontario circles. Cole got into racing go-karts when he was six or seven years old, claiming three Canadian national championships.
That led to three seasons driving in what is now known as the NASCAR Canadian Tire series. From there it was into the more affordable late models, while he pursued his degree at the University of Waterloo.
After graduation in 2006 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Cole landed a job as a manufacturing engineer at Toyota’s massive assembly plant in Cambridge, ON. But the racing bug had never gone away. He quit and moved to Charlotte, NC the home of NASCAR, sleeping on a friend’s couch until he landed a job with RCR (Richard Childress Racing). He worked for the 2008 and 2009 seasons as an engineer on Kevin Harvick’s #29 Chevrolet.
But Cole and his wife Carrie yearned for a different living environment. He accepted an offer from Furniture Row and moved to Denver CO to join the only team in the top level of NASCAR not operating out of the Carolinas. He joined Furniture Row racing at the start of the 2010 season as the head of the team’s race-engineering staff.
Cole left briefly to work for the JTG Daugherty race effort, returning to Furniture Row during the 2012 season as the team’s lead race engineer. At the close of 2014 he was promoted to crew chief of the #78 driven by Martin Truex, becoming the first Canadian crew chief in Cup Series history, and the first to win a Cup race (Pocono) in 2016.
After the Richmond race, the #78 has six Top Ten finishes in the first nine races of the season and has moved into second place in the Cup standings. .
An avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, lives in Denver, CO where the team is located, with his wife Carrie and two young children, Callum and Freya.