MB Motorsports has served NASCAR as a perpetual driver development program, having helped launch the careers of Carl Edwards, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith, Justin Algaier and many more. Mike Mittler’s team is looking at adding another name to that list in Tyler Tanner.
After a recent test session at I-44 Speedway, home to numerous weekly series champ Larry Phillips and McMurray, Mittler came away very impressed. “The session went very well. We were focused on getting Tyler acclimated to the truck and the difference between it and the other cars he has driven.” Tanner, a 20 year old ASU engineering student, was, according to Mittler, a fast learner. “Tyler came up to speed very quickly and gave us great feedback on how the truck handled.”
“What a great learning experience,” said Tanner of his first time in the Ford F-150. “Some things carry over from one kind of race car to another and you can apply that knowledge when you get behind the wheel of something new. Beyond those things, though, it is a whole new experience and I tried to absorb as much as I could in the time we had available. Being able to work with Mike and learn from him is great. Not only is he, obviously, extremely knowledgeable, but he has a great way of explaining things so you understand the concepts and how to apply them on the track.”
Mittler and Tanner Motorsports are working on the opportunity to bring Tanner into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. This season, 2011 has seen Tanner score 7 Pole’s, 3 Wins and eight top 3 finishes in his EF-65 Hand Cleaner sponsored late model at Rochester, Washington’s South Sound Speedway, the fastest 3/8 mile track on the west coast.
“We have known Tyler for many years and have watched him progress,” says Mittler. “We feel now is the right time for him to start in the truck, so keep your eye on this young man.”
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