From Gold To Go-Fast
Olympic Gold Medalist, Tyler Clary Enrolls to the Skip Barber Racing School
Andy Bolig - October 17, 2012 01:56 PM
USA Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Tyler Clary, will undergo intense training for a different type of speed by enrolling in the Skip Barber Three-Day Racing School at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut.
Clary will compete with other talented individuals pursuing their car racing dreams. At the end of the year, Skip Barber Racing School’s acclaimed instructors will nominate 33 graduates to compete in a final shootout. The winner will receive a fully-funded ride into the Skip Barber Racing School Race Series, which is the first step in the Mazda Road to Indy.
At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Tyler had a successful debut setting the fastest Olympic time ever in the 200m backstroke. Upon his return to the U.S., Clary learned more about how to become a professional race car driver - a pursuit he will take on full time once he decides to retire from swimming. His interest led him to the Skip Barber Racing School.
“I am more than excited to start training at the Skip Barber Racing School. Lime Rock is Park one of America’s premiere racetracks. It is an honor to learn the same course curriculum used to train Jeff Gordon and Michael Andretti,” says Clary who hopes to master the fundamentals not only in the classroom, but also through driving sessions in the Formula Skip Barber, a full-out race car with braking and cornering capabilities that vastly exceed any street or sports car.
Clary’s training will begin with an introduction to the cars, discussion of the track, and an intense series of exercises. Next, Tyler will get drive time on the track in a series of lapping sessions at high speeds. He will also learn advanced techniques such as “trail-brake rotation”. His final day will include classroom instruction in drafting, passing, and racing in the rain. The majority of the day is spent lapping at speed. Part of the day includes being gridded in race formation behind a pace car, which peels off as Clary practices starts and re-starts.