RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond International launched an initiative early in 2017 to highlight racing at the grass roots level all over the state of Virginia. Racing Virginia has chosen a team to represent this initiative. Team Racing Virginia is made up of four young drivers that you should keep an eye on as their careers progress.
One of those drivers is Timmy “Mini” Tyrrell. The 12-year-old Manassas native currently races late models at Shenandoah Speedway near Harrisonburg. Two years ago, Tyrrell became the youngest winner in the track’s history at age 10. He also races at the Richmond Coliseum when Arena Racing USA comes to town.
Tyrrell says he got his nickname from watching Austin Powers on TV with his dad, with whom he shares a strong resemblance.
Mini Tyrrell is getting more and more well-known for his driving and his nickname, but he’s already well-known for his fundraising. At age six, a friend of his was diagnosed with cancer. Tyrrell began “Mini’s Mission,” a non-profit that has since raised nearly $400,000 for the cause of pediatric cancer.