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 |  Sep 12 2012, 4:45 PM

When you’re an Olympic gold medalist, there’s no denying your dedication to your country. But apparently Tyler Clary would much rather hop into a stock car and go racing than hang out with the President of the United States.

Clary, who shattered Ryan Lochte’s backstroke record at the recent London Olympic Games, was invited to the White House to hang out with President Obama, but politely declined, instead heading to Fontana, California to test drive some race cars before heading to the MAVTV 500 IndyCar event on September 15th.

The White House is holding a special event for all 2012 Olympic athletes on September 14th, which clearly conflicted with Clary’s schedule and passion for motorsports. The swimmer has made it clear that once his days in the pool are over, he wants to become a professional race car driver. He’s already been courted by IndyCar and NASCAR teams and sponsors. Perhaps we’ll have our first gold medalist turned NASCAR driver.

[Source: TMZ]