Tim Wilkerson is a dedicated, determined Funny
Car driver who needs a few breaks to go his way to be back in the thick of the
hunt, and he wasn’t helped by missing the cut in Las Vegas. Still, the Illinois
veteran has not only a world of personality, but he’s got a positive attitude
that results in his seldom appearing down. He’s got a new Chevy Impala shell
almost ready for his Levi, Ray & Shoup entry, which will debut in Atlanta.
Tim’s son, Dan, is competing in both regional and national
event competition with tuner Fred Mandoline serving as both master mechanic and
driver mentor. It must be working, because he won the Memphis points race.
“Fred hasn’t done that kind of thing for six or eight years,”
Wilkerson said. “He’s kind of re-learning what he has to do, and the kid’s
learning, so it’s all good. Fred’s a real good driving coach, so it’s going to
work out fine.”