Mini Tyrrell would ordinarily be kicking off the 2018 season at Shenandoah Speedway this weekend but instead, he’s going to spend his time hosting a cancer survivor at the NASCAR Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway. In addition, Mini will be representing Racing Virginia at the AAA Track Takeover.

Richmond Raceway and Friends of Jaclyn Foundation have teamed up to give Tyler Bloom an opportunity to experience a NASCAR race weekend from behind the scenes. Tyler, as Chief Kid Officer, will get to attend the driver and crew chief meetings, driver introductions, media center activities and Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations up close and personal for both series.

For Tyrrell, this is just another opportunity to give back to the very people he’s made his life’s mission to raise money to help.

“We could have gone racing this weekend but I think this is so much more important,” said Tyrrell. “Giving Tyler (Bloom) the opportunity to enjoy a NASCAR race up close and personal this weekend and being his host for everything is going to be special. I love racing but I love giving back to people more and I can’t thank Richmond Raceway and Racing Virginia enough for allowing me to be a part of his experience.”

Mini will also have his race car on the track at the Track Takeover driven by AAA as a Member of Team Racing Virginia. Mini will meet and greet with fans with his fellow Team Racing Virginia athletes. All fans with a TOYOTA OWNERS 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race ticket are invited to this fan-friendly event on Saturday, April 21 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fans can become a part of Richmond’s history when they stop by the Start/Finish line and sign their name. For more information on Track Takeover driven by AAA visit

Following the weekend in Richmond, Mini will turn his focus back to racing and will return to his home track of Shenandoah Speedway on Saturday, May 12th. For Mini, it will be just over two months since his last race at Tri-County Motor Speedway where he had a great run going and was involved in two incidents that ended his night.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back in a race car. The last two months have been rough without being in a car but we’re ready to get back to our home track and get our season restarted. We won’t have any more long breaks this season, so I can get a lot of seat time over this summer and hopefully win some races.”

Mini is supported by Castrol Edge, PPC Lubricants, Beautiful Bodies Auto Body Shop and Team Racing Virginia. For more information on Mini and the Timmy Tyrrell Racing team check out their website at or click “like” on Facebook at and @minityrrell on Twitter