Tyler Allen

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Tyler Allen
Tyler Allen NASCAR Race Engineer.jpg
Allen at Charlotte Motor Speedway 2014
Personal information
Full name Tyler Kristian Allen
Nationality American
Born (1987-11-15) November 15, 1987 (age 28)
Tacoma, Washington, USA
Residence Concord, North Carolina, USA
Alma mater University of Washington
Occupation NASCAR race engineer
Years active 2010-present
Website www.allenracing.com
Sport
Country United States
Sport Motor racing
League NASCAR
Team RAB Racing

Tyler Allen (born November 15, 1987) is an American NASCAR race engineer. He is employed at RAB Racing with Brack Maggard as the race engineer for the No. 99 Nationwide Series Toyota Camry driven by James Buescher.[1] Allen has worked in NASCAR since 2013, coming from the CARCA Racing Series where he spent two years working as car chief for Venturini Motorsports on the No. 25 car of drivers Brennan Poole and Alex Bowman. Allen is a graduate of the University of Washington where he achieved a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Early years[edit]

The Allen racing gene comes from his grandfather Robert Allen. "Grandpa Bob" had started racing in the 1950s on the small dirt tracks of California, ultimately ending up racing Hydroplanes in the Pacific Northwest which led him to a National Hydroplane Championship in 1983.[2][3] From a young age Allen was raised around the small tracks of the Pacific Northwest as his father Terry and two uncles Mike and John raced 1/2 sized stock cars.[4]

In 2007 Allen was accepted to the University of Washington School of Mechanical Engineering. As part of his engineering studies, he joined the UW Formula SAE team and was assigned to the suspension design team.[5] While attending school, Allen started Allen Racing and began driving Limited Late Model Stock cars. Allen competed for three years at South Sound Speedway where he completed his third year finishing second in points for the South Sound Limited Late Model championship.[6] In 2010 Allen finished his racing in the Pacific Northwest competing at Evergreen Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Allen supported his racing working for ROMAC Industries where he was a Product Development Engineer responsible for the design, prototyping, component testing, manufacturing, production tooling development and cost analysis of a new product called the PIRANHA.[7] Allen left ROMAC at the end of 2010 to move to North Carolina and pursue his dream of working in NASCAR.

Richard Petty Drivers Search II[edit]

In September 2010 Allen was chosen as part of the Richard Petty Driver Search I.[8] Allen competed against 12 other drivers from around the world for a chance to race in the ARCA Racing Series for Richard Petty Motorsports. Allen placed fifth overall, taking first in Mechanical and Marketing categories of the competition.[9]

Move to North Carolina[edit]

Allen relocated to North Carolina to pursue working in NASCAR. Allen was hired by Richard Petty Driving Experience as a driving instructor, where he traveled across the United States driving stock cars on some of the most famous race tracks in North America, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Daytona Int'l Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Allen worked with NASCAR stock car racing driver and crew chief Brad Noffsinger, who is currently lead instructor and head of driver development at Richard Petty Driving Experience.[10] Allen supported Noffsigner's USAC Ford Focus Carolina Series team.

ARCA Racing Series[edit]

In late 2011 Allen went to work for Venturini Motorsports where he volunteered as a shop helper. He was quickly hired and started work as a shop mechanic, fabricating and building race cars in preparation for the 2012 season. Allen was assigned to Crew Chief Billy Venturini as Car Chief for the 2012 Season. Allen led chassis setup plate, pull down rig analysis and simulation, including wind tunnel aerodynamic testing. Allen was soon promoted to Car Chief working for Billy Venturini and driver Brennan Poole where they had a successful ARCA season with 2 wins, 3 poles, 5 top 5 and 15 top ten finishes.[11]

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

In 2012 Allen made his move to NASCAR where he was hired by RAB Racing with Brack Maggard as the race engineer for the #99 car driven by Alex Bowman. Allen was teamed up with veteran Crew Chief Chris Rice where they finished the 2012 season with 2 top 5, 5 top 10, and 6 top 15 finishes[12]

Allen continued to develop his chassis set up skills at RAB Racing using static and dynamic vehicle testing procedures while developing and executing vehicle test plans that utilized pull down rigs, 8-Post Shaker, AVCS Rig and wind tunnel testing.[13] Allen worked closely with engineering resources from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) utilizing their vast resources and race experience to develop pre-season testing strategies using MoTec and PI OSIsoftreal time data capture and analysis.

Matt Lucas took over as Crew Chief for James Buescher replacing Chris Rice who moved to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.[14][15] Allen and Lucas are working together with James Buescher in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for 2014.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Allen continues to learn the trade of race engineer and apply his driving experience and mechanical engineering background to NASCAR racing industry. Allen is focused on developing his engineering skills while communicating with the fans of NASCAR on how engineering is integrated into motor sports.[16] Allen has put his sights on becoming a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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