Tyler Ankrum was born on March 6, 2001 in San Bernardino, California. His racing career began at the young age of nine when he first got behind the wheel of a Quarter Midget. He collected a considerable amount of wins and championships before making the leap to full sized USAC Ignite Midgets in 2014.
That same year, Tyler was also introduced to Late Model racing. Tyler competed at some of NASCAR’s toughest and most historic race tracks and took home the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Virginia Rookie of the Year award, contributing with 14 top ten finishes and 1 win.
In the fall of 2014, the Ankrum’s decided it was time to fully commit to a racing lifestyle. Tyler and his mother (Michelle) relocated to Mooresville, NC to focus on racing, while his father (Rick) and sister (Lauren) remained in southern California. Tyler competed in a Super Late Model from 2015 through 2017.
In 2018, Tyler joined DGR-Crosley in the K&N Pro East Series. This is where Tyler won 4 competition races, the 2018 K&N Pro East Series Championship title, and was awarded the 2018 K&N Pro East Series Rookie of the Year.
Tyler and DGR-Crosley continued to be a competitive force in the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, making a deep run into the Playoffs after capturing a win at Kentucky Speedway.
In 2020, Tyler once again competed for the Truck Series championship, but with a new team. Tyler will continue to drive the No.26 Chevrolet for GMS Racing beginning at Daytona in February 2021.