By Larissa Spencer – From demo derbies to racing at Flamboro Speedway, Tyler Mayhew has had a love for racing cars as long as he can remember. Tyler raced a Mini Stock at Flamboro Speedway last season, but decided to sell it and build a Pure Stock for this season. Tyler is having a great time so far in 2015, and can’t wait to see what the rest of the season is going to bring.
Date of Birth – November 12, 1994
Hometown – Milton, Ontario.
Career – General Labourer
Years in racing – 2 in racing 4 years in demo
How did you get your start in racing?
My uncle Rick Seeley is how I got into racing. I used to pit for him in the Pro Challenge Series. I was so interested in the racing and wanted to be part of it so I bought a Mini Stock.
What goes through your mind when you are sitting in your car in the lineup waiting to go out on the track?
Your adrenaline is pumping. I’m thinking about having a nice clean race and I’m trying to go for that checkered flag.
What is your favourite thing about racing?
My favourite thing about racing is getting out in the car and taking out all of my frustrations. Being in the car is a stress reliever for me.
What is your least favourite thing about racing?
My least favourite thing about racing would have to be fixing the car when you abuse it.
Who are your sponsors?
My sponsors include Seeley Equipment, Rodney’s Trailers, Milton Auto Wreckers, AC Signs
Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank my dad, mom, my twin brother Blair, my girlfriend Larissa, my sister Maddy, my friend Alex Wood and our team photographer – Ronnie Allen.
Who is your favourite person to race against and why?
My favourite person to race against is my twin and my teammate Blair Mayhew. I love racing against him because I know when I get beside him on the track, were going to try to beat each other so one of us will have bragging rights when we get home back in the shop.
If you could get racing advice from anyone, who would it be and why?
If I had to get advice from someone, I would go with Jeff Gordon. I’ve been a Gordon fan since I was 5 years old. 24 is my favourite and my lucky number!
What do you like to do when you’re away from the track?
When I’m not at Flamboro Speedway, I like four wheeling, fishing, having bon fires, and hanging out with family. I also like to travel to various tracks to watch the races.
What is your most memorable racing moment so far in your career?
My most memorable moment so far is when my brother and I were battling for a position on the track. It lasted for a solid two laps and he passed me on two laps to go. It’s memorable for me because I’m racing against my brother and building valuable racing experience.
What’s the best advice you have received in regards to racing?
The best advice I’ve received was from my uncle Rick. He taught me how to take the corners on the track because I was all over track and it was first time I was in the race car. He told me just to drop down if your in the way and they’ll get by you.
How would you get someone younger to be interested in racing?
I would try to get kids out in the car. On autograph night I’d let them sit in the car and get a feel for it. I’d also like to build a car and then sell tickets for kids (of the proper age) to be able to get in and take it around for a couple of laps on a practice day or something. It would get them interested and hopefully into a car. If you don’t get kids into racing now, our sport isn’t going to be around much longer.
What other tracks do you hope to compete at during your career?
I’d love to run at Sunset Speedway. It always seems like a great track and I’d love to be able to have a go at it. I’d also like to try the dirt at Ohsweken Speedway. I’ve only been out once, but the track seems amazing and everyone always tells me how fun it is.
If you could race any other class of car, which would you choose and why?
I’d love to race a Late Model. Stock car racing at local tracks – the goal is to get a ride in a Late Model. It resembles the highest level kind of like NASCAR.
What are your future plans?
My future plans are to hopefully build a Mini Stock under our Double Trouble Racing team and take it out to various specials and invitationals around Ontario, getting a feel for various tracks.