Ty Dillon Making Jump to Sprint Cup with Germain Racingby Kyle Pokrefky November 28, 2016 0 comments
Ty Dillon will officially make his full-time debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season with Germain Racing, the team announced on Monday morning.
Dillon, 24, will replace Casey Mears as the driver of the single-car team’s No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet for the 2017 season.
The younger brother of current Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon and grandson of team owner Richard Childress moves to the Cup level after having spent three consecutive full-time seasons in the XFINITY Series.
“I have been preparing for this next step in my career for several years,” Dillon said in a statement. “With my experience in the Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series, I am ready to drive full-time in the Sprint Cup Series.
“I want to thank Bob Germain and the entire Germain Racing organization for giving me this opportunity. It will be an honor to represent a brand and sponsor like GEICO which has played such a significant role in the sport for so many years.”
Dillon brings 18 starts of experience in the Cup Series with him to the Germain organization next year. The Lewisville, N.C. native has a best series race finish of 14th that came at Michigan International Speedway in 2015.
Germain Racing will expand their alliance with Richard Childress Racing for the 2017 season, with the team moving to field RCR pit crews for its Sprint Cup operation during race weekends.
The move goes hand-in-hand with the team’s existing relationship with RCR. RCR currently shares technology and Earnhardt-Childress Racing engines with the single-car team.
“First of all, I want to thank Casey Mears for everything he’s done for our race team over the past six years,” team owner Bob Germain stated. “He’s been an integral part of our growth and a great representative for GEICO and our many partners.
“Bringing Ty onboard is an exciting opportunity for us and we are committed to giving him all the resources he needs to reach his full potential. He’s a very talented driver and first class young man. I’m looking forward to working with him, as well as expanding our relationship with RCR.”
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