One of the more interesting stories in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Talladega Superspeedway, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200, comes in the form of series rookie Tyler Audie.
Audie – whose name is only one letter away from the German car manufacturer – has a different goal he’s looking to achieve beyond the racetrack in the No. 12 Audie Expo-NP Properties Toyota
The series rookie has been accepted to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a Presidential scholarship. That means the Orlando, Fla. resident will have full out-of-state tuition covered as he pursues a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the College of Engineering.
“Nothing’s really set in stone, but I’d like to fly planes in the Navy,” Audie said, via a series release.
“My cousin on my mom’s side is an Army pilot and flies the newer version of the Black Hawk helicopter. My dad also flies…licensed for single engine airplanes. I’ve always enjoyed it.”
Per the release, Audie will soon graduate from Lake Highland Preparatory School with an overall grade point average of 3.7 and an ACT score of 32.
His racing career has followed the traditional path of Bandoleros, Legends Cars, Pro Late Models and Super Late Models before moving into ARCA.
Audie will do a meet and greet at the University of Alabama this afternoon from 12 to 4 p.m.