Every year it seems, we’re good for at least one or two random, off-the-wall type NASCAR driver legal stories. So this one involving former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Brian Rose is a good candidate for the 2014 “Mike Harmon/Jennifer Jo Cobb” type of random, potentially criminal stories.
Per WSOC-TV in Charlotte, Rose is reportedly at the center of a $15 million fraud investigation for creating a fake coal mining company as a way for investors to give him money. One alleged victim from Charlotte has reportedly came forward to authorities.
A 49-page indictment said investors attempted to cover up every detail to convince authorities that “New Century Coal” was legitimate. However, a Secret Service Agent told WSOC that the alleged company’s five-state operation was “too good to be true.”
Rose, 34, made 41 Truck starts between 2001 and 2010, and also failed to qualify for a single Sprint Cup race in 2002 at Martinsville Speedway. All but three of those Truck starts came between 2001 and 2003; he made three more in 2010.
Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.
Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.
Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.
“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.
“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.
“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.
“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!
“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.
“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”