NASCAR Cup: Ty Dillon joins Germain Racing
Ty Dillon (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Ty Dillon will go full-time NASCAR premier series racing in 2017, as he’ll take over the driver’s seat in the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet, replacing Casey Mears. Germain Racing announced Dillon’s hiring Monday.
“The questions kept coming and coming,” Dillon said when interviewed on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday. The cool thing is that I knew what I was doing. I just didn’t say anything. It’s kind of like having an awesome secret that you want everyone to know, but you kind of had to hold it back. I guess all good things are worth waiting for. I’m just excited for what’s to come.”
Crew chief Robert “Bootie” Barker will remain with the No. 13 team as crew chief, as will longtime primary sponsor, Geico.
Germain Racing has a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, owned and operated by Dillon’s grandfather Richard Childress and the team for which Dillon has raced in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series.
“It think it’s just going to help us all work a little bit closer,” Dillon said of the alliance between the two programs. “Everything is just going to be working, hopefully, a little bit better between RCR, and everybody just wants to keep growing at Germain Racing, and that’s what I’m excited for. Everyone’s got a positive attitude to move forward. I’m looking forward to growing as a driver and also growing with this team.”
Dillon spent the last three seasons as a full-time driver in the Xfinity Series. He also ran two full seasons in the Truck Series. In all, the has 164-career starts across both those series, resulting in four wins — three in the Truck Series and one in the Xfinity Series. Dillon said Monday that he still plans to run a partial schedule in the Xfinity Series next season.
Dillon already has 18-career starts at NASCAR’s top level, driving for Circle Sport and then Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing and as a substitute driver for Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing. Eleven of those starts came in 2016.