This Week's WESCO Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Ty Dillon will pilot chassis No. 115 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday's Indy 250. This chassis was acquired from Kevin Harvick Inc., at the end of last season and has since been transformed into an RCR Chevrolet.
Inaugural Weekend ... The Nationwide Series will make its inaugural appearance at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday's 100-lap event. Although Dillon has yet to make any laps at the Speedway, Ind.-based track, he has six starts on tracks exceeding two miles in length with three victories, two pole awards, four top-five and five top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Nationwide Racing ... The 20-year-old driver made his Nationwide Series debut at Dover International Speedway in June, earning an eighth-place finish in the No. 33 Chevrolet after starting from the third position. Dillon is also slated to compete in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway on September 7.
Top of the Box ... Leading the charge for the No. 33 Chevrolet team is veteran crew chief and longtime RCR employee Gil Martin. The Nashville, Tenn. native has been at RCR since 2000 and has served as crew chief for Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Casey Mears, Kerry Earnhardt and Robby Gordon. He is one of a select few crew chiefs to win races in NASCAR's Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series. In addition, Dillon's No. 3 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pit crew will pit the No. 51 WESCO Chevrolet at IMS.
Friday Fun Day ... Nationwide Series track activity takes a break on Friday, but Dillon won't be taking a breather from racing. He will join his sponsor, WESCO, for a friendly competition at a local go-kart track in Indianapolis.
Meet the Driver ... Prior to competing in the Indy 250, Dillon is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
Nationwide Debut Rewind: Dover ... Earlier this season, Dillon made his Nationwide Series debut at Dover International Speedway in June. Driving the No. 33 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, the 20-year-old qualified third and maintained a position in the top 15 for the majority of the 200-lap event. Dillon moved into the top 10 in the later portion of the race, claiming an eighth-place finish when the checkered flag was displayed.
TY DILLON QUOTES:
This is the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. What are your thoughts heading into this historic weekend?
"It's an honor to have WESCO onboard the No. 51 Chevrolet this weekend and to be part of history at such a famous race track. I'm excited to be able to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There are drivers that want to race here from the beginning of their careers, and I get the opportunity this weekend. I can't wait."
You qualified third and finished eighth in your NASCAR Nationwide Series debut. What are your expectations for the Indy 250?
"The No. 33 team put together a fast car at Dover (International Speedway), and we almost sat on the pole. I was pretty happy with a top-10 finish in my first Nationwide Series race. Of course, we're going to do our best to go for the win, but a top-five finish is what we're shooting for in the WESCO Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway."