Three weeks after he stunned the NASCAR world by saying he was abruptly retiring from the sport, we now know what the next chapter of Cole Pearnâs life will be.
And itâs about as far away from NASCAR as you can get.
Pearn revealed recently to the Toronto Sun that he and his wife Carrie have moved to Western Canada and have purchased Golden Apple Holidays, a skiing and hiking vacation company in British Columbia.
âNot many times do you get the opportunity to do that, to leave when youâre at the height of your success,â Pearn told The Sun. âWe were ready to go on to do the next chapter.â
Pearn was tired of being gone from home so often during the course of the NASCAR season and not being around 7-year-old son Callum and 5-year-old daughter Freya.
âIâve had a ton of great memories when we do get time together, but that day-to-day life, theyâre not used to me being there, so for me I felt like the window was closing,â Pearn told The Sun. âI think once theyâre teenagers they probably wonât want anything to do with me. If I was going to be part of their lives, the window was now. I think that really pushed us to make the decision as early as we did.
âI know itâs what we needed to do. Iâm sure thereâs going to be things Iâm going to miss, but at the same time it would have been hard to keep going.â
Even though Pearn doesnât rule out the possibility of doing some consulting in NASCAR in the future, his decision to buy the skiing and hiking business is something âIâm definitely at peaceâ with, he told The Sun
The seed of Pearnâs new venture was sewn nearly a year ago while he was on a skiing trip in Japan with the now former owners of Golden Alpine Holidays, which includes four rental lodges.
âIt just seemed to cross a lot of the things off the list of what we were looking for,â Pearn told The Sun. âWe finally came to a point this year where we found an avenue that we felt could work and we were excited about and we just decided to act on it.
âWeâre either going to do this or weâre not, and we didnât feel good about any other options and thatâs kind of how we settled on our plan.â