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Olympic Champ Tyler Clary

Declines White House Invite

... I'd Rather Race Cars

9/12/2012 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0911_tyler-clary_gettyOlympic gold medalist Tyler Clary -- the guy who smashed Ryan Lochte's backstroke record -- turned down an invite to chill with President Obama at the White House ... all so he can race stock cars instead.

If you didn't know ... POTUS and the First Lady invited all the 2012 Olympic athletes to the White House for a special get together on September 14th ... the shin-dig includes time with the president ... a VIP reception ... the works.

But sources tell TMZ ... the swimmer has dreams of being a pro race car driver after his swimming career ends ... he's opting to be in Fontana, CA instead to test drive cars for a few days and then hit up the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event on September 15.

We're told Clary is serious about his future racing career ... he's already been courted by several IndyCar and NASCAR teams and sponsors since returning from London.

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225 mph or rub elbows with the most powerful guy on the planet ... tough call?

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16.

diane    

There u go tmz? Not everyone is an Obama boot licker like u r

681 days ago
17.

maria    

I'd rather watch paint dry than meet the Prez.

681 days ago
18.

Tiggy    

AWESOME...you couldn't pay me to go to see the POTUS I mean POS!!

681 days ago
19.

Faccia    

What a typical white-trash piece of Nascar garbage! Maybe he'll get an invitation after President Obama serves his next four years but I doubt that President Clinton will want him there either. He's a typical disrespectful tea-bag Republican who revels in the sheer joy of their pursuit of ignorance!

681 days ago
20.

Pudding Tang    

I'd rather meet a more serious president. Perhaps the South Korean prez Psy (Jae-Sang Park). 'Oppan Gangnam Style'

681 days ago
21.

ChloeMarie    

Those poll results are fn sad...

681 days ago
22.

obama'saracist    

I would decline loudly to visit the guy who quick rolled the applications of a bunch of illegals to get them on voter registration with out proper background checks at tax payer expense

681 days ago
23.

andy    

Most race car "test" sessions are set up multiple weeks in advance. The race equipment has to be set up for that specific track, custom fitted seat properly installed in the car, pedals and steering column positioned to the specific driver, etc. Additionally, the transportation of team and equipment, the scheduling for track time, safety workers, hotel accomodations for team members and drivers, etc, has all been set up and paid for in advance. It's just not as "simple" as declining your race test opportunity for an invite to the White House.
More than likely, Tyler's swimming career has already hit its peak, with what was accomplished at this year's Olympic Games. If he were to decline a race test week at the last moment, for this reason, his future "offers" might be more limited. Someone already has time and money invested toward Tyler's race test session. Anyone who is serious about a potential career in racing, would NEVER turn down this type of an opportunity simply for a White House visit.
Even if Tyler's racing career doesn't pan out, he definitely made the right choice in this case.
GOOD LUCK.

681 days ago
24.

Trisha    

I'd rather receive paper cuts laced with salt between my toes than meet that s*** bag.

681 days ago
25.

Woot    

== FORWARD with OBAMA in 2012! ==

681 days ago
26.

Heather    

Dats's racist.

681 days ago
27.

fargone    

He's in trouble. IRS will be auditing him now. Drones will spy on him and he will be followed everywhere he goes. Unions will start protest's in front of his house.. his dogs will be poisoned and car set on fire. NAACP will picket him as a racist.

681 days ago
28.

Josh    

Obama deserves respect... as soon as he does something respectable.

681 days ago
29.

Nobrows    

You make it sound like Obama is doing something special. Every President does this. It is tradition, just like the basketball, baseball, football, pro and college champions are invited.

The President has time for this, but is too busy to meet with Netanyahu. After all the negative press, he finally agreed to talk to him on the phone. What a snub.

681 days ago
30.

greg    

This kids a complete douchebag..

681 days ago
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