Last year at the Daytona 500, Austin Dillon announced his arrival on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit by winning the pole in the famous No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
Now, his little brother, XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon, will seek to make his own big splash in the 2015 running of The Great American Race.
RCR has announced that Ty will make his Daytona 500 debut next February in the No. 33 Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet with backing from Cheerios (one of Austin’s main sponsors) and supermarket chain Kroger.
The Circle Sport team, owned by Joe Falk, is affiliated with RCR and ran Ty in his first two Sprint Cup races this past fall. He finished 25th at Atlanta, and later 27th in the penultimate race of the year at Phoenix.
Ty broke the news earlier today in fitting fashion – with a Vine that ended with him at the breakfast table, eating a bowl of Cheerios.
“We are fortunate to have a great partner like [Cheerios’ parent company] General Mills giving me the opportunity to race in one of the most prestigious events in all of sports,” he said in a team release.
“Not only has General Mills been a long-time supporter of RCR but also my family, partnering with Austin (Dillon) for the 2013 Daytona 500 and this past season. I can’t thank General Mills and Kroger enough for being part of this race.”
Ty finished fifth in the XFINITY Series standings last season after claiming his first series win at Indianapolis and collecting 24 Top-10 finishes.
Now, he’s looking forward to another milestone in his journey up the NASCAR ladder.
“The Daytona 500 is a major step in Ty’s career and it’s terrific to have General Mills as a big part of this monumental race,” RCR team owner Richard Childress said in his own thoughts.
“General Mills has such a great history in NASCAR and we are proud to feature the Cheerios colors on Ty’s race car for the Daytona 500 and the millions of NASCAR fans who will be watching. We hope to bring Cheerios a victory.”