Name: Andrew Joseph Wylie

Hometown: Saltsburg, Pennsylvania

Age: 26

Occupation: VP - Wylie Design & Fabrication/Wylie Race Cars

Interests: Competitive Running, Cycling, Archery Hunting, Skiing

Class: Crate Late Models

Favorite Track: The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Family and Crew: Gary, Anita, Anthony, Cosmo

Favorite Drivers: Tony Stewart and Scott Bloomquist

Andrew Wylie Racing began about ten years ago when they moved up from competitive go-kart racing to 3/4 scale Allison Legacy Cars.  When Andrew was 12 years old, AWR began competing in races at local Western Pennsylvania dirt tracks.  Andrews go-karting career progressed quickly and by their third year, the team had acquired several sponsorships and were competing at the World Karting Association’s (WKA) national level on asphalt.  Go-kart racing provided valuable experience and was a great family activity.  After three successful years of national level go-kart racing, AWR decided to move up to the Allison Legacy Series on asphalt.  The Allison Legacy car is essentially a 3/4 scale "NASCAR Sprint Cup" car that is built by the legendary Allison family.  Running in this division was a great learning experience given the opportunity to adjust multiple suspension settings (shocks, springs, bars, etc.) for optimal performance.  The transition to asphalt went very well, and within two years Andrew was racing with the national series in states as far south as Georgia.

As the teams knowledge expanded and confidence grew, AWR made the jump up to asphalt late models.  During their first two years in a late model, they competed at Jennerstown Speedway and performed well by any standard.  During most of the first season Andrew held the second points position until his main priority became his college education.  Andrew is still attending at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte working towards a Masters of Science degree in the field of mechanical engineering.  His success in the engineering curriculum thus far has given him the opportunity to work with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Kennametal Corporation.  These experiences have allowed him to apply his academic knowledge to the “real world” in both motorsports and mechanical engineering.

After competing in the asphalt super late model division for three years, AWR made the switch to dirt late model racing.  The primary reason for our decision was to give our sponsors more exposure.  Although asphalt racing was enjoyable, the cost to race competitively was exceedingly high greatly limiting their schedule.  Dirt racing has given AWR the ability to race nationwide whereas we were limited by the rulebook in asphalt competition.  The "FASTRAK" series is a touring division that races from Florida up to Maine.  Racing with “FASTRAK” in 2013 will provide all of AWR's sponsors exposure across the east coast, and would put them back on the road again around the tri-state area.

In addition to local and regional competition, AWR (Andrew Wylie Racing) is enthusiastic about displaying their racecar in car shows and at charity events during the off-season.  Recently the team placed their car in the World of Wheels car show at the Pittsburgh convention center and were leased to be awarded “Best in Class”.  Showing the car at events like this gives AWR the opportunity to display their sponsor’s outside of the usual race track environment.