Celebrity Jabber sat down with Olympic gold medal winner Tyler Clary at Rounds Burgers in sunny West Hollywood, California to bring you an exclusive interview. Although Clary set a new swimming record for the 200-meter backstroke at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, it seems like he has had a secret lifelong dream: to become a professional race car driver. How does one shift from a world champion swimmer to a world class auto racer? With Clary’s passion and drive, we are sure he’ll be racing down the track in no time. Especially since he is a self proclaimed adrenaline junkie…
Clary, 23, has been swimming competitively for most of his life. He was a three-time NCAA champion at the University of Michigan and in 2009, he broke Michael Phelps’ record in the 400-yard individual medley. One day later, he broke Ryan Lochte’s NCAA record in the 200-yard backstroke. At age 12 he told his family he will be competing in the Olympics one day. Clary made his dream a reality this past summer in London, but upon returning to Los Angeles it seems a secret passion has taken precedent.
Although he has not officially decided to join the IndyCar racing organization, Clary has in fact been testing at tracks across the nation, as well as attending popular IndyCar events like MAVTV 500. IndyCar and NASCAR teams have both prematurely approached him with sponsorship offers, as he plans to attend auto racing school in Charlotte, North Carolina later this year.
According to Clary, the Brazil 2016 summer Olympics will be his last as a competitive swimmer, where he will then soon after hang up his speedo to focus his efforts toward auto racing. Even on his off time, you can still find Clary taking his car out for an off-road adventure or racing go-karts for fun. Having grown up around auto racing his entire life, he feels it is only natural to make the shift. You can follow Clary on Twitter (@TylerClary) en route to Brazil 2016 (and quite possibly the next Indy 500). We wish him the best of luck on his journey!
Written by Celebrity Jabber Contributor: Teresa Gonzalez