“I keep ahead of my school work and do extra when I have time,” said Dippel. “Sometimes, I take work to the track and do it between races and practices.” Dippel also donates 50-percent of his on-track winnings (thousands of dollars in 2012 alone) to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an institution recognized for its treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
“Tyler is an amazing talent,” said Godfather Motorsports owner Dave Moody. “In his short career, he has competed in a number of different divisions. He adapts quickly to new cars, new tracks and new challenges, and he’s an intelligent young man who makes school his number-one priority. We’ll spend a couple of days testing this week, and if everything goes according to plan, he’ll be behind the wheel of our No. 1 Ford Fusion Wednesday night at Anderson Motor Speedway.”
Sharing time with Dippel this season will be Glenn Sullivan of Westbury, N.Y., a former modified track champion at New Egypt (N.J.) and Evergreen (Pa.) Speedways. He earned modified Rookie of the Year honors at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway in 1989, along with “Most Improved Driver” designation at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl before embarking on a lengthy and successful career on NASCAR’s Busch North (now K&N Pro Series East) Tour.
“My main goal is to serve as a mentor for Tyler,” said Sullivan. “He’ll run six or seven races this season, and I’ll run three or four. But I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel and seeing what I can do in these Super Late Model cars. It’ll be fun.”