This is the week that 14-year-old Timmy Tyrrell, better known as "Mini Tyrrell," has been waiting for. He is hoping to qualify on Friday to drive in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 on Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.
Mini is not your typical young race car driver. He started racing go karts at the age of four and late model cars at age nine. "I really want to make the race. It will be my first year running now that I'm legally allowed to run it." He turned 14 earlier this month, which is the age requirement to race in NASCAR. "I can't wait to race with some of the best," he said.
The Manassas, Virginia, teen currently races a late model stock car at tracks in Virginia, North and South Carolina. Veteran Late Model Stock Car winner and champion Brandon Butler is his crew chief.
In addition to his passion for racing, Mini has a mission, "Burn Rubber to Help Another." At the age of six, he had a friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Watching her battle cancer inspired Mini to do something to fight pediatric cancer. According to his mom, he has raised $450,000 for cancer research. Mini is proud to partner with and raise money for the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation.
iHeartRadio's Caroline Cook spoke with Mini yesterday at the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Media Day.