Today I'm dropping the green flag by chatting with Ty Dillon.
This Nationwide Series rookie has a lot to say about his past, present, and future; especially his eventful off season both on and off the track.
Samantha Wiesneth: How did you spend your off-season?
Ty Dillon: Our off-season really isn’t that long if you look at it – which is a good thing. I don’t like to be away from racing for that long so only a couple of weeks is perfect. This past off-season we took our annual trip out to our house in Montana for Christmas, and then my fiancé and I flew to Seattle to visit her family for the New Year. We actually got engaged this off-season!
SW: What goals do you and your team have for your rookie season?
TD: Well first off, I like to set my goals high – I think that’s the best approach. My ultimate goal is to win a Nationwide championship, which is very obtainable. I have an established championship team with Danny [Stockman, crew chief] and the guys. Second is to win Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, and finally, win four or five races.
SW: What tracks do you look forward to going to? What tracks do you and your team need to work on?
TD: I love them all. Short track, superspeedway, intermediate, or dirt! I’ve been fortunate enough to go to a lot of race tracks around the country and visit each city. I think our team can always improve in every track we go to.
SW: When do you see yourself moving up to cup full-time?
TD: I’ve been fortunate enough to not worry about having to make those decisions. I trust the decisions of my grandfather and my dad, crew chiefs and teammates; and do the best I possibly can in the racecar that I’m put in. I’ve done some testing in a Cup car and obviously it’s a goal of mine, but I’m focused on winning a Nationwide championship first.
SW: Was being a race car driver always something you wanted to do?
TD: I guess so – I grew up in a racing family and spent a lot of time racing dirt cars starting at 13 years old. I’m just blessed to have this opportunity to drive for a great team and go out and try to win each weekend.
SW: If you could try other jobs in NASCAR what would they be?
TD: I don’t know, I think just driving! I like to be around the shop and learn about the entire racecar, talking with our engineers, crew chiefs, mechanics and pit guys. Those guys are some of the best in the business and I’ve learned so much from them since I started racing.
SW: What racing brother duo would you compare you and Austin to? Why?
TD: That’s a good question. I don’t think you can compare it to any other duo. Austin is not only my brother but my best friend, as well. We spend a lot of time together on the road, at the track, and sometimes competing against each other. When I think of racing brother-duos, there are certainly a lot of great ones and I think Austin and I are just happy to create our own legacy and reputation.
Thanks to Ty Dillon, everybody at Team Dillon Racing, and Richard Childress Racing for giving me the opportunity to make this interview possible!
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