DENVER, NC (June 15, 2017)- 18 year old Tanner Gray lives anything but a normal 18 year old life, but this weekend at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway he will experience what most 18 year olds his age are participating in, a high school graduation.
During Sunday’s Thunder Valley Nationals pre-race ceremonies at approximately 11 am ET, Tanner Gray will receive his high school diploma. He will be dressed in cap and gown in front of Father Shane Gray, Mother Amber Gray, Grandparents Johnny and Terry Gray, as well as additional family, friends, and the beloved NHRA fans.
“I am excited to get to share my personal achievement with my friends, family, and fans,” the two time National Event Winner said. “I am a pretty shy guy when you get to know me, so this is a pretty big deal for me.”
Tanner Gray will receive a certificate of completion for High School from the On Track School, which is an accredited curriculum out of California.
“On Track School academic programs blend the best of modern technology and innovation with traditional, research-based academic approaches,” says Tanner’s learning coach Ms. Molly Stith. “Most students who participate in this home school program find themselves juggling professional careers, such as Olympic gymnasts, BMX riders, and race car drivers to name a few. I am privileged to have watched Tanner (Gray) grow up into a smart young man and am so proud of his accomplishment.”
In addition to the Graduation festivities, Father Shane Gray will get back in his Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro for this weekends event. Gray will continue to race a limited schedule to focus race efforts on son Tanner Gray.
“This weekend is more than just racing our Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro’s,” Shane Gray said. “Not only is it Father’s Day, but it is my son’s (Tanner Gray’s) graduation and he deserves all of the support both on and off the track for this accomplishment.”
The Gray Motorsports Valvoline Chevrolet Camaro SS team coverage can be found on FOX Sports 1 all weekend long beginning with Friday's one hour qualifying coverage at 8 p. m. (ET), Saturday’s qualifying highlights at 11 p.m. (ET), followed by Sunday's three hour elimination coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET)