Having extreme motorsports legend and Nitro Circus ringmaster Travis Pastrana—the undeniable GOAT in his high-octane world—join the offshore powerboat racing community has been a boon to the sport. By all accounts, Pastrana is uncommonly cool, approachable to all during events and down to earth for a celebrity of his stature. His presence in Class 1 has given offshore racing the kind of kick in the mainstream motorsports pants it sorely needed.
Here is to his continued presence, the more of it the better.
Ferocious on the racecourse and unfailingly kind and gracious off it, team M CON’s Tyler Miller is the kind competitor the sports needs and fans adore. Photo by Cole McGowan copyright Powerboat P1.
But the offshore racing community has a few homegrown stars of its own, and Tyler Miller, the owner and throttle for the Super Cat M CON team and new-for-2023, Class 1 Monster Energy/M CON team stands tall among them.
Humble yet confident, gracious and generous while fiercely competitive, Miller is a dream-representative for the sport. He’s so perfect that if you created him as a fictional character, he wouldn’t be credible. But he’s no product of anyone’s overactive imagination. Miller is as real as people get.
And for all of those and countless other reasons, he was the subject of the fourth episode of the second-year In The Lead video series produced by Speed On The Water and Scrapyard Media in 2022.
To make that segment happen, speedonthewater.com co-publisher Jason Johnson and I took a trip last May to the Wathena, Kans., where we met up with our Scrapyard Media teammates Brad and Katie DiMaggio to capture principal interview footage of Miller, his wife, Lindsey, and his parents. From there we headed to MTI headquarters in Wentzville, Mo., to shoot much of our “In The Lead” with Randy Scism video, and then moved on to Lake of the Ozarks to grab more interview footage for both episodes.
It was, to put it lightly, a productive trip.
Tyler Miller and the entire M CON crew are a joyful presence in the offshore racing community.
Miller’s story is one of a real gentleman progressing through offshore racing, one who turned the loss of his older sister, Jamie, his only sibling, into a rallying point for the entire M CON racing-team family. (And make no mistake, they are a family.) Combined with his demeanor off the racecourse and his success on it with driver Myrick Coil of Performance Boat Center—the M CON team claimed national and world titles in the Super Cat ranks last season—he is the kind of hero all offshore racing fans can root for.
Need proof? Watch In The Lead with Tyler Miller.
Joyful in Seattle—the M CON team’s Myrick Coil, Missi Coil, Lindsey Miller and Tyler Miller took a trip to the top of the Space Needle the night before the APBA Hall of Champions celebration in late January.
Editor’s note: Speed On The Water and Scrapyard Media are producing a documentary chronicling the build of the Monster Energy/M CON team’s Class 1 Skater raceboat.
In The Lead Season 2
In The Lead with Bob Teague of Teague Custom Marine
In The Lead with Stephen Miles of Stephen Miles Design
In The Lead With Tyler Miller of M CON Racing
In The Lead With Randy Scism Of Marine Technology Inc.
In The Lead With John Tomlinson Of TNT Custom Marine
In The Lead With Peter Hledin Of Skater Powerboats
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In The Lead With Waves And Wheels Justin Wagner
In The Lead With DCB’s Tony Chiaramonte
In The Lead With Performance Boat Center’s Brett Manire and Mark Waddington
In The Lead With John Cosker Of Mystic Powerboats
In The Lead With Shaun Torrente
In The Lead With Nor-Tech’s Trond Schou And Nils Johnsen
In The Lead With Grant Bruggemann
Behind The Scenes With The Speed On The Water ‘In The Lead’ Video Series Crew
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