NASCAR Nationwide Series Veteran Mark Green And Son Tyler Lean on Each Other for Racing Success
Mark Green may be a veteran NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, but he will rely on his son, Tyler's Legend Car expertise for a successful season in the Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tyler is a fourth-generation driver following in the tire tracks of not only his father but his grandfather and great-grandfather as well. He also relies heavily on the experience his family's racing background offers, specifically the opportunities his father has provided for him. As Father's Day approaches, Tyler is conscious of the impact his father has made on his racing career.
"I've only driven for my father and he and I are the only ones that have ever touched our racecars," said Tyler. "He has provided everything I've had in racing and all the experience I've gained has been because of him."
As his father's biggest fan from day one, Tyler grew up going to various racetracks and eventually began spotting for Mark in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. When Tyler wanted to pursue his own career in racing, his dad was supportive and helped him any way he could.
"To see Tyler's face when he succeeds is my favorite part," said Mark. "I know how much it means to not just have success, but to enjoy that success."
While Tyler has a strong passion for driving, he also enjoys working for some of the biggest names in racing. Tyler spots for NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Aric Almirola, on the weekends and recently took a fabricator position at JR Motorsports.
Mark believes that Legend Car racing has taught Tyler how to be successful in more than just a racecar.
"Tyler's racing has taught him a great deal about the respect, sacrifices and hard work it will take to be successful in his new position at JR Motorsports," said the elder Green.
Tyler is entering his 11th season racing in the Summer Shootout Series and hopes to defend his Legend Car Pro division title.
"My championship last year took a lot of pressure off of us, but we always strive to do better," said Tyler. "It seems like everyone has upped the bar this year and gained speed. We need to find where to get the advantage back we had last year."
This season will be a little different for the father-son duo as Mark will climb behind the wheel of a Legend Car in the Masters division.
"Tyler is at that age where he doesn't need as much help, so I figured I would have time to jump in a car," said Mark. "I've only driven a couple times and Tyler is already on me about what to do and what not to do."
When Mark and Tyler aren't teaching each other how to drive, they enjoy golfing and racing remote control cars together. They typically spend Father's Day somewhere at a racetrack, however, this weekend, they plan to spend time with family and grill out.
The Green family of drivers are not strangers to the racing industry or to the Summer Shootout Series. Along with Mark and Tyler, Mark's brother and 2000 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, Jeff Green will race in Masters, and Austin Green, son of 1994 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion David Green, will compete in the Bandolero Bandits division.
"The old story that racing brings family together is 100 percent true," said Mark.
The 18th annual Summer Shootout Series continues Tuesday night, June 21, with Little Luggies Night. Children who are members of Charlotte Motor Speedway's Little Luggies Club will get free admission to the event.
Additionally, the first 1,000 kids to enter the gate will receive a free drawstring beach bag and families can enter for a chance to win a Myrtle Beach Vacation courtesy of MyrtleBeachHotels.com. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with feature racing at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets to the 2011 Summer Shootout Series are just $7 for adults and $3 for kids 6 to 12. Children 5 and under get in free.
For tickets for the Summer Shootout Series contact the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3264) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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