At just 23 years old, Tyler Rypkema had plenty of expectations on him for the 2020 season.
After all, not only was Rypkema running the Whelen Modified Tour full-time for the first time in his career, he made an equipment upgrade. After Mike Smeriglio retired from the Tour as a car owner at the conclusion of the 2019 season, it was Rypkema’s family who purchased two cars from Smeriglio as he sold off assets. The No. 32 Rypkema Racing team was set to go.
Driving the equipment that had won four of the last five Tour championships, you could say there was some pressure on Rypkema to perform.
Rypkema did just that: perform. He rounded out the season with four consecutive top-10 finishes, with a total of five for the year. In eight of nine races, Rypkema also finished better than he qualified. Most important of all, he kept his nose clean, finishing all nine races in 2020. That…