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MINI TYRRELL

MINI TYRRELL

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BIOGRAPHY

AGE: 15

HOMETOWN: Manassas, VA

Born Timmy Tyrrell and named after his father, he picked up the nickname “Mini” at a young age and it stuck.  He’s affectionately known as Mini by thousands of race fans around the southeast region.

Mini has won two Late Model Stock Car championships and is the youngest in the world to win two Late Model Stock Car races at the age of 10.  Mini was the youngest to win in both the youth and pro divisions of Arena Racing (½ scale indoor stock cars).  He also won the World Karting Association’s (WKA) World Dirt Championship at Daytona International Speedway.

For 2019, Mini will compete in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock division known for being one of the top touring series in the country and selected as a “Touring 12” driver.  He has veteran Late Model Stock Car champion, Brandon Butler, serving as his crew chief which certainly gives him a leg up on the competition.

Off the track, Mini is a philanthropist having raised $450,000 for childhood cancer and other causes through Mini’s Mission “Burn Rubber to Help Another.”

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2018

1 Win

LMSC – 1 Win – Shenandoah Speedway, VA (age 13)

LLM    – 4 Top Fives – 8 Starts – Carteret County Speedway, NC

LLM    – Qualified 2nd – CARS Tour Debut - Tri-County Speedway, NC

 

2017

5 Wins

LMSC Champion – 5 Wins, 4 Poles, 13 Top Five – Shenandoah Speedway, VA

LLM Champion – 1 Win, Thanksgiving Classic – Southern National, NC

Racing Virginia Athlete – Chosen as 1 of 4 Drivers on Inaugural Team

 

2016

7 Wins

LMSC Champion – 7 Wins, 6 Poles, 11 Top Five – Shenandoah Speedway, VA

2015

2 Wins

LMSC – 2 Wins, 1 Pole, 8 Top Fives – Shenandoah Speedway, VA

LMSC – Youngest in the world to win – Shenandoah Speedway, VA (age 10)

LMSC – Rookie of the Year – Shenandoah Speedway, VA

Arena – 2 Wins, 8 Top Fives - Pro Division, Arena Racing USA, Richmond, VA

 

2014 - 2013

14 Wins

LMSC  – Youngest to race a LMSC – Shenandoah Speedway, VA (age 9)

Arena – 6 Wins, 19 Top Fives - Youngest to win Pro Division, Arena Racing, Richmond, VA

Arena – Youngest to win Youth Division & Voted Fan Favorite, Arena Racing, Richmond, VA

Go Karts – 8 Wins, 19 Top Fives – VA, PA, NC, SC, FL

2012-2011

30 Wins

Go Kart – WKA Champion – World Dirt Championship, Daytona International Speedway, FL

Go Kart – Champion – Indoor Dirt Championship, Williamston, NC

Go Kart – Champion – Kid Kart – King George Speedway, VA

Go Kart – Sportsmanship Award – King George Speedway, VA

THE MINI TYRRELL TEAM MISSION

"Mini Tyrrell’s mission is to continue improving and moving forward in my racing career.  I am always striving to do my best on and off the track to race clean, earn respect from my Team, competitors, the partners I represent and fans.  I and my Team have a strong faith and am blessed every day to have the opportunity to live out my dream.  In addition to racing, it is my Mission to always try and help those in need, to make a difference in my community and in someone’s life.

THE MINI TYRRELL RACING TEAM

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Owner: Timmy Tyrrell

Timothy was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Northern Virginia in 1976.  He became passionate about the automotive industry at the young age of 17 and started his own auto repair business. He has been self-employed for over 27+ years and today he owns a successful repair center in the Washington DC area called Convenience Tire & Auto.  His father had a passion for cars and racing and at 16 he started racing and has been hooked ever since. His experience in racing and business provides him with the needed leadership to take Mini and his racing career to the next level.  Timothy is deeply entrenched in the community earning him Rotarian of the Year honors in 2015-2016.

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Crew Chief: Brandon Butler

Mini will be led by Crew Chief Brandon Butler, who has been by Mini's side since 2015. Brandon is a former NASCAR driver with numerous track and series championships to his credit. In 2001 he won 24 of 52 Late Model races capturing track championships at both South Boston and South Hampton earning him the NASCAR Late Model Eastern Championship. Brandon is dedicated to making sure that Mini has every opportunity to excel to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

"I have seen hundreds of race car drivers in my career but Mini has more natural talent behind the wheel than anyone I have ever seen and doing this at such a young age is truly remarkable."   Brandon Butler

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Car Chief: Dan Givens

Dan Givens got involved with a dirt car team and through the years has transitioned to asphalt. He works full-time as an auto technician but keeps his weekends open to go racing with Mini. Dan met the Tyrrells at Shenandoah Speedway about four years ago and Timmy and Dan became fast friends when their mutual enjoyment of racing spilled over that day at the track.

“The next weekend they went racing I was invited to go back, and the rest is history. Since then I have gotten involved with the fundraiser events that Mini holds on an annual basis for his charity Mini’s Mission. Our small team has become so much more to me than just a weekend hobby, the Tyrrell Racing Team has become like a small family to me and I feel so lucky to have become a part of such a special adventure.”  Dan Givens

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Larry Graff

Larry has more than two decades of experience as a writer and journalist. Along with Mini, he shares a passion for childhood cancer fundraising, having raised nearly $250,000 for research and quality of life services through online fundraising and community events on a national level for Make-A-Wish and the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. Larry first met Mini and his family in 2012 at Mini's charity kickball event and has been a great friend and teammate since then.

"Without a doubt, my closest teammates in the fight against childhood cancer have been Mini and his family.  It would be easy for people to assume that the bond we share is about motorsports. And that would be incorrect. The bond we share was forged through the fire of pediatric cancer. It's about doing everything from the heart, being there for the people you love, and giving far more to others than you could ever receive."

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Tire Specialist: Larry Lindsay

Mini's Dad Timmy, has been doing my auto maintenance for nearly 30 years.  I've know them for years!  Mini's paternal grandparents were our neighbors when his dad was in high school.  In recent years, I found out that I have a tie to his maternal grandparents.  I'm a retired Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army.  Mini's grandfather was in the Army at the same time I was, we both started the same year.  With racing, I went to Shenandoah Speedway in 2017 and watched a few races and then last year the team invited me to Carteret County Speedway to help out and my involvement has grown from there.  

"Larry is a great man.  I've known him since I was a baby.  He works extremely hard on the team, really funny, incredibly smart, honorable man and I love that he salutes the flag during the National Anthem," Mini Tyrrell

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson