Orlando 10th-grader races car in Daytona's Battle at the Beach

Orlando 10th-grader races car in Daytona's Battle at the Beach

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A 10th-grader from Orlando is on track to make his dream of driving for NASCAR a reality after he raced in Monday's Battle at the Beach at Daytona Beach.

"I love the adrenalin rush from it," said Tyler Audie, a student at Lake Highland Prep, of racing cars.

Even though he just got his drivers license in December, he's actually been driving go-karts since he was 10 years old.

The 16-year-old honor student finished 13th at the Battle at the Beach, after a crash earlier in the day forced him to start 28th.

Tyler got into auto racing after taking a test drive at a car show.

"We were at a car show at Daytona International Speedway, and there was a sign for a test drive for go-karts. I raced them for a few years," Tyler said.

Tyler's dad, Jim Audie, is a little nervous about his teen son taking the wheel of a 400-horsepower car going more than 100 mph.

"But at the start of the race, you want to make sure we have provided the opportunity for him to win," Jim Audie said. "You want to create the environment for him to go out there and concentrate on driving the car and not have to worry about any mechanical issues."

Tyler isn't happy he's wrecked three cars in his young racing career.

"You feel disappointed because everyone's put such a great effort into it for the race. And it's not a fun way to end the race."

But at least for the next couple of years, Tyler still has to focus on his homework.

"That's part of the deal. If he doesn't keep his grades up, he doesn't drive the car," Jim Audie said. "It's a win-win for everybody."

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