Cole Pearn and Martin Truex Jr. set to honor a friend who suddenly died


NASCAR crew chief Cole Pearn will be honoring a longtime friend that passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.

Pearn's best friend Jacon Damen contracted a fast-moving bacterial infection that suddenly took his life back in August. The fundraiser will be held Jan. 5 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada. Pearn will oversee the event which will be held from 7-10 p.m., according to NBC Sports

Included in the festivities will be an appearance by Martin Truex Jr., a silent auction, meet and greet opportunities with Pearn and Truex, as well as other various events.

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All net proceeds from the fundraiser will be given to the Damen Family Fund.

"Jacob filled the hearts of his wife Carolyn, his sons Lucas and Nolan, his parents Jerry and Kim Damen, twin brother Tyler, sister Julia and countless friends," Pearn said.

Pearn also said they will be celebrating his life at the perfect location, the Hockey Hall of Fame and supporting his wife and two boys.

"I can't wait to get home to celebrate with everyone," Pearn said.