With high-flying action set to return to Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, March 11, we sat down with the Cole Seely to get a better idea of the rider behind the helmet.
Daytona International Speedway: So, what’s your favorite memory from a race at DAYTONA?
Cole Seely: My favorite memory? I have two, actually. One is the year I almost won it. I was passing for second, going around [Ryan] Dungey, and clipped him and went down, dropped back to sixth or seventh and fought my way back to fourth, but if I would have gotten around him, then the lead was right there and I was charging for that for sure.
The other one, it’s not really my favorite memory, but it’s one that definitely stands out was the very first year that I ever raced there. Just going to the stadium and seeing it for the first time, and it was an absolute mudder. The heaviest rain came and went, it was a brutal night for sure, but that’s definitely one that is going to stick with me forever - racing there for the first time.
DIS: You talked about almost getting to the mountaintop, what would winning at DAYTONA mean to you?
CS: Yeah, it would be huge, definitely. I think that’s definitely one that stands out amongst all of the other supercross races, it’s just so diverse.
DIS: How did you first gain an interest in bikes, and when did you first start riding?
CS: I mean, ever since I was a kid, every memory I have is on two wheels, whether it’s riding motorcycles or BMX or whatever. I first got into it when I was like four or five, so I started at a super young age.
DIS: You did quit racing at sixteen though?
CS: Yeah, yeah. I quit when I was sixteen, got a regular job and just lived a normal sixteen-year old life for about a year or so, maybe a little less. I kind of needed it. I needed to get away from the sport and go be normal for a little bit.
DIS: What brought you back?
CS: I figured that since I had done it for so long that I might as well just turn “A” as an amateur and then took a swing at supercross for a year. One thing led to another and now I’m here.
DIS: Honda sponsors the race at DAYTONA, you’ve been a Honda driver for a long time, how has working with one manufacturer your whole career been beneficial?
CS: Oh it’s huge. I think most of the people that I work with today – my gear sponsor, my boots sponsor, my goggles sponsor – everybody I’ve built a really good relationship with and I think that’s really important to have in this sport. I hate burning bridges with people. I think it’s bad on me if I do something like that. I just try to keep good relationships with all of the sponsors that I have.
DIS: Do you have a mentor or a role model in this sport that you have either leaned on or looked up to?
CS: Yeah, I take [Jeff Ward] Wardy to the races with me every week. He’s mentoring me, and same thing with [Andrew Short] Shorty. They’re both giving me their two cents about line choice, intensity, all different aspects of the sport.
DIS: How did you background with BMX prepare you for what you do today?
CS: The handling skillset that comes along with BMX definitely helps with Supercross in general, it’s kind of why I’ve always stood out as a better Supercross rider, from my BMX background. I think it’s something like I like to keep in my back pocket.
Tickets are still available for Florida’s only Monster Energy AMA Supercross event in 2017, featuring high-flying, side-by-side racing action. Don't miss out on the best Supercross riders in the world racing side-by-side on a demanding course designed by five-time DAYTONA Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael. Tickets start at $45, with UNOH Fanzone/Pit Access included with your ticket. For tickets and more information, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit online.
8.6.2020The Birthplace of Speed – Daytona Beach - Welcomes Road Course Racing in the 1930s as NASCAR Founder Bill France Sr. Begins Promotion of a Sport he loves
NASCAR Set to Make its Historic Return to Road Course Racing in Daytona Beach at Daytona International Speedway’s Trioval/Road Course on Aug. 14-16
6.17.2020Daytona International Speedway Reopens Ticket & Tours Building, Pit Shop Retail Location and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America MuseumOperations will Feature New Health and Safety Protocols
6.16.2020Summertime Tradition for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Returns, July 3-4
6.1.2020IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship set to Return to World Center of Racing, July 3-4