Following a successful career as an Open Wheel Modified driver, Tyler Hendricks (#38) of Pain Court, has added some fenders to his racer in 2012, and will turn his attention to trading paint with some of the toughest Late Model drivers in the province during weekly competition at Delaware Speedway.
Last season, the team did a lot more traveling, including competing weekly at Mosport in a full schedule of events, and capturing the championship at the tough Bowmanville ½-mile oval, while finishing a close second to Barry Newman in the points at Delaware.
The 25-year old began his racing career in 1997 with the Sun Parlor Kart Club in Leamington, before making the move to full-sized cars in 2009, joining the Modifieds. Hendricks was able to pick up some feature wins along the way, including a number at Delaware, as well as the prestigious Autumn Colours event at Peterborough Speedway in 2011. When asked to name a career highlight, it wasn’t the Mosport championship that was at the top of the list, but the youngster rather pointed to the first night he beat multi-time titlists Barry Newman and Jamie Cox at Delaware for his first win at the historic facility.
For now, Hendricks is focused on the move to a Late Model, and his Delaware schedule, saying, “The biggest difference is the quality of competition. There are a lot of great drivers that I’ll have to race against on Friday nights. The goals are to win the Rookie of the Year title, and see if we can’t get a feature win, but with the competition we’re up against there are some nights where a top-ten will be a good run, and we’ll really have our work cut out for us to get into the top-five.”
Backers on Hendricks Ford include Ellis Don, Vertek Contractors, and CF Industrial.