Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio
Current Residence: Bowling Green, Ohio
Travis Philo is sprint car driver that runs a true “Outlaw” schedule, competing in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, FAST, MOWA, IRA, and OSCS events across the Midwest. Although his ultimate goal is to run with the World of Outlaws for a living, he currently works full-time as a Project Engineer for one of the largest commercial contractors in Ohio, Rudolph Libbe.
Travis began his racing career in 1995 at the age of 4, where he raced go karts along side his father, Jim. After a year of racing together, Jim selflessly decided to hang up his helmet and focus on his son’s racing career. Over the course of the next 10 years Travis and his Dad would race quarter midgets and go karts all over the country, racking up hundreds of wins and numerous championships.
When Travis turned 15, his Dad contemplated their next move in racing. They wanted to be able to race closer to home and cut down on their travel time. Travis raced many years with Cole Duncan, so they leaned on advice from Cole’s father & former sprint car driver, Rodney Duncan as well as local Ohio standout, Byron Reed. With their guidance they decided to pursue 410 winged sprint car racing and purchased a complete car from veteran driver, Jerry Nemire.
It was quite an adjustment for Travis and his Dad jumping straight into a 410 sprint car from the quarter midget and go kart ranks. For the first few seasons they concentrated on running a limited schedule at the Ohio local level including Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. Their years of hard work finally paid in July of 2012 when they earned their 1st career 410 victory at Attica Raceway Park over current World of Outlaws member, Greg Wilson.
The next few seasons they started to race more and travel on a regional level, and also competing in the full Ohio Sprint Speedweek where in 2014 they finished 4th in points and were 1 of only 5 cars to make all (7) A-main events that year. Travis and his Dad were also able to pick up another FAST victory at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH.
In 2015, while both still working full-time they decided to join the All Star Circuit of Champions tour and were able to complete the entire season, finishing 10th in the final points standings. Although the results were not what they were striving for, it was an accomplishment in itself to finish the entire year, while most nights it was just Travis and his Dad at the track. The following year they were able to bring on crew chief Daniel Smith mid season and had great success together. The team competed in numerous All Star Circuit of Champions events, racking up many podium & top 5 finishes, a 360 victory at Limaland Motorsports Park, and also finished 3rd in the final points standings at Attica Raceway Park.
The team carried over its speed & success in 2017, finishing the year with (7) podium finishes, (13) top 5’s, and (21) top 10’s in a total of just (40) races. They were able to bring on veteran crew chief Jim Roby to finish off the season and were extremely successful in the (9) shows they ran together. Roby was able to help the team pick up (5) top 5’s in those (9) races, which included (2) 3rd place runs in the final two shows of the season at Mansfield Motor Speedway & Eldora Speedway.