Ty Dillon could drive a second 23XI Racing car in 2022
February 12, 2020; Daytona, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon (13) speaks to the media during NASCAR media day at the Daytona 500 Club.. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
Ty Dillon will move to Toyota in 2021 after spending his entire career at Chevrolet. Dillon goes attempt to do the Daytona 500 with Gaunt Brothers Racing after both Bass Pro Shops and Black Rifle Coffee Company announced will be sponsoring him in “The Great American Race”.
The 28-year-old pilot from Welcome, North Carolina, will also be attempt races in the #54 Toyota Supra for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. This could be a great opportunity for Dillon to relaunch his career and land a great run for next season.
However, with a new Toyota team in the NASCAR Cup Series, Ty Dillon and his new relationship with Toyota could lead to a full-time run with 23XI Racing in 2022.
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Ty Dillon will race the Clash at Daytona for 23XI Racing in 2021
It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that Ty Dillon will compete in the 2021 Clash at Daytona for 23XI Racing due to the ineligibility of Bubba Wallace. This will be 23XI Racing’s first race as Michael Jordan enters NASCAR for his first season.
Dillon has been full-time with Germain Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series since 2017, but they ironically sold their charter and race store to the team he will race for at the Clash in Daytona. Dillon has four combined career wins between the Xfinity and Truck series.
Dillon finished 20th at the Daytona Road Course last summer, where they will compete in next Tuesday’s event. However, he had a fast car and was able to pass some of the best cars in the sport in Stage 1 of the race.
He will have much better equipment than this weekend with 23XI Racing. However, as this is a new team, a finish in the top half of the field can be a great result for him. Dillon will be sponsored by Root Insurance for the race.
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Will Ty Dillon’s relationship with Toyota lead to a full-time ride in 2022?
Ty Dillon’s new relationship with Toyota could be one of the best decisions of his career. Dillon expressed his desire to create your own brand and get away from Richard Childress Racing and the “silver spoon” narrative that has been there throughout his NASCAR career.
This is exactly what Dillon will accomplish as he again takes the next step towards relevance. He will be among the few drivers selected to race in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 54 “All-Star” Toyota Supra in the Xfinity Series. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Ty Gibbs are the other drivers who will be behind the wheel this season.
The fact that Dillon is part of a group like this shows what Toyota thinks of him. The manufacturing could have put one of its NASCAR Truck Series drivers like John Hunter Nemechek in the car, but they decided not to go that route.
Denny Hamlin and 23XI Racing didn’t need to race the Clash at Daytona, but they’re doing it to earn reps for upcoming races this season. Choosing Dillon shows that they could trust the driver and believe that he can eventually give them very crucial information to help the new team.
Although this is only a pre-season run, Dillon’s move to Toyota may already be paying off. It’s possible this will turn into a full-time race, as 23XI Racing did hinted that it could eventually expand into the sport very quickly once the NextGen car came out.
It’s up to Ty Dillon to make the most of the opportunity, but Toyota is giving him what he needs to succeed with manufacturing.