CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, July 2. TYLER Clary continued to test out his mettle in the NASCAR world on Tuesday, participating in a stock car race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Clary, the reigning 200 backstroke Olympic champion, has long expressed his desire to be a full-time race car driver, though that will have to wait until he’s done with his competitive swimming career. His move to Charlotte, N.C., earlier this year is helping him twofold: To get in some great training with SwimMAC Carolina’s Elite squad and learn from the best in Charlotte, one of NASCAR’s national hubs.
Clary finished 15th in the 25-mile semi-professional race, hampered by a car that rolled in front of him causing a small logjam. Clary appears to be making a regular appearance in the weekly race, telling USA Today sports that “I thought it was a lot of fun and I’ll hopefully do better next week.
“I’m not joking around about it,” he added. “It’s not a publicity stunt. I mean everything about what I’m doing.”
Clary has been behind the wheel of several race cars in the past two years, learning about the sport and the people in it. In this “Morning Swim Show” interview from 2013, he spoke of his desire to drive fast cars: