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HometownIndianapolis, IN
NicknameSunshine
Racing Since2002
Birthday4/23
WebsiteVisit Website

Classes

410 Sprints - Non-Winged
360 Sprints - Non-Winged
Winged Sprints
600cc Outlaw Winged Micros
Midgets
Silver Crown
600cc Winged Micros
600cc Non Winged Micros

Driver Bio

Tyler Courtney

About Tyler

Tyler “Sunshine” Courtney is currently competing for Clauson Marshall Racing in the USAC National Midget Series and part-time on both the World of Outlaws and All-Star Sprint Car Series circuits. The 25 year-oldIndianapolis native has dominated multiple USAC series since 2017, winning over 40 feature events and earning two national championships.

Career Highlights

  • 2011 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Rookie of the Year
  • 2012 HARF Rookie of the Year
  • 2013 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year
  • 2016 HARF Most Improved Driver
  • 26 USAC National Sprint Car wins
  • 13 USAC National Midget wins
  • 2 USAC National Silver Crown win
  • 2017 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals Preliminary Feature Event win
  • 2017 NSCHoF 410 Non-Wing Sprint Car Wild Card Driver
  • 2018 USAC National Sprint Car Champion
  • 2018 NSCHoF Non Wing Sprint Car Driver of the Year -2018 HARF Driver of the Year -2019 USAC National Midget Champion
  • 2X USAC Super License Champion

Sponsors

NOS Energy Drink, ZMAX, Simpson Racing Products, Competition Suspension, Schoenfeld Headers, Indy Race Parts, Allstar Performance Products, Chalk Stix, Wilwood Disc Brakes

Tyler Courtney began racing a Quarter Midget in 2007, at the age of seven. Courtney raced at the rank for a handful of years and moved on to the Micro Sprint level where he raced for another seven years. In 2010, Courtney - soon to be given the nickname "Sunshine" - began what would be two very influential and important years with Bryan Clauson Racing Incorporated. In 2011, Courtney competed in his first Chili Bowl Midget Nationals with BCI and his start in the B-Main on Saturday night earned him Rookie of the Year honors. Courtney credits his early opportunities in the sport to his friend and mentor, Bryan Clauson. Clauson helped Courtney get his foot in the door, but he also gave him the encouragement and knowledge he needed to excel when those opportunities arose.

In 2012, Courtney raced for a number of different Midget owners and teams before starting his own Sprint Car team at the end of the year. Starting his own team paid off as Courtney found victory lane for the first time in his career at Lincoln Park Speedway. Although his season was short, Courtney impressed enough people to earn the 2012 Hoosier Auto Racing Fans (HARF) Rookie of the Year award.

Courtney's first full year in a Sprint Car came in 2013. He competed with the USAC National Sprint Car Series for the first time, finishing 9th in national points, and was awarded the Rookie of the Year award. Courtney picked up his first Winged Sprint Car win in the same year driving for Danny Smith at Atomic Speedway in Ohio.

The next couple years were a blur of different cars and different owners with no real stability for Courtney, but he kept after pursuing his dream of being a professional racecar driver.

Fast forward to 2016, when Courtney earned a ride with Topp Motorsports. Topp Motorsports gave Courtney the opportunity to race a Sprint Car (Winged and Non-Wing) full time. The team experienced much success their first year together and it was capped off with a win during Indiana Sprint Week at Gas City I-69 Speedway. At the end of the 2016 season, Courtney was chosen to drive a Midget with the newly formed Clauson-Marshall Racing team.

In 2017, Courtney will return to his roots and compete in all three USAC National Series' and contend for two championships. He will return to race for Topp Motorsports in the No. 23c Sprint Car. Courtney, with the Topp Motorsports team, looks forward to continuing their success in the USAC National Sprint Car Series. This is the first year the Topp Motorsports team will contend for a USAC championship. Alongside the USAC Sprint Car Series, Courtney has joined the Clauson-Marshall Racing team to compete on the USAC National Midget tour in the No. 7BC Midget. The No. 7BC team has had early success winning the Junior Knepper 55 at the end of 2016, and winning a preliminary night at the 2017 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Also in 2017, Tyler will be racing a partial schedule with the USAC Silver Crown Series; running the dirt races for Wisconsin's Hans Lien in his all black No. 97. When an open weekend arises, you can find "Sunshine" in a Winged Sprint Car with Topp Motorsports or in the Clauson-Marshall Racing Midget at various events across the country!

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