It is being reported that swimmer Tyler Clary will be changing job titles in the next few years. He is reportedly looking to become a racecar driver. He took one more step towards this goal when he visited some members of the IndyCar organization while the drivers and teams were in Sonoma, California, preparing for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix at Sonoma. He was as impressed with the drivers he met as the drivers were with him. The 23 year old swimmer believes that he would be a good fit with everyone and would be a competitor. Though he has not officially decided if he would want to join IndyCar, he seems to be considering the possibility. The publicity that would be raised by having the swimmer as an IndyCar driver, if he were in fact competitive, would likely be a virtual gold mine for the somewhat troubled organization.
Clary became a nationally known swimmer during the time before the 2012 Olympic Games, which were held in London, England. While competing in his event, the 200m back stroke, he managed to beat the competition and take the gold medal. Before that moment, he was well known for questioning the commitment of one of the best Olympians in modern history. He had stated that he didn't believe that fellow swimmer Michael Phelps was giving the sport his best effort. After the Olympics, Clary did acknowledge that Phelps had one of the most impressive medal hauls, but Phelps still seemed to take the comments personally in press conferences.
It would be interesting to see an athlete make the transition from an Olympic sport like swimming into driving. He has not officially decided to join the IndyCar organization, and with all the problems that IndyCar has had recently, it may not exist when Clary is looking to become a driver. Any good publicity for the organization would be great and I am sure that having an Olympian join the ranks would be a positive moment for the sport. Just as long as he doesn't get special treatment, the publicity would likely be great. First, however, IndyCar has to get through its most recent problems.
Kristin Watt has been a fan of motorsports since she was a young girl and she watched NASCAR races with her mother. That love of NASCAR quickly evolved into a great enjoyment of many different motorsports including everything from local dirt track action to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans to the adrenaline rush of the extreme motocross events. She has been following motorsports for many years.
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