Racing is a family affair with siblings, cousins, and sons following fathers. And even grandsons following grandfathers.
Austin and Ty Dillon are the grandsons of car owner Richard Childress. And for the past few years, Austin has been driving the number three car for his grandfather.
On October 10, younger brother Ty has announced that he will be joining his brother in the Cup Series for the 2022 season, driving the number 94 car for GMS Racing.
The upcoming season will mark the first time GMS Racing will field a full time team in the Cup Series.
In 2021, Dillon has competed in four Cup Series races with Gaunt Brothers Racing and 11 Xfinity Series races with Joe Gibbs Racing, Our Motorsports and Jordan Anderson Racing.
Dillon drove the number 13 car full time for Germain Racing in 2020 but has spent the 2021 season as a part time driver in the Xfinity Series with only four Cup Series starts. He has run in over 160 Cup Series races during his racing career.
Via a team release, Dillon spoke on driving for GMS saying, “it’s such an honor to be able to drive for GMS Racing as they take the step into the NASCAR Cup Series for the first time, and that they have chosen me as their driver for the future. It’s been a challenging year off from racing full-time, but I’m so excited to return. I don’t think that there is going to be another driver that is more hungry than I am next year to get back out there and prove what I am capable of in the Cup Series. I am excited for our future and am ready to get to work.”
GMS Racing has won over 50 races across the Xfinity, Camping World Truck, and ARCA Menards Series since 2014.
GMS Racing president Mike Beam also spoke on Dillon’s joining the team saying, “we’re excited to welcome Ty to the GMS Racing family. Going full-time Cup racing in 2022 is a big step for us and I can’t think of a better driver than Ty to lead us into our first year in NASCAR’s top series.”
GMS Racing owner Maury Gallagher also spoke on the new team saying, “GMS is always looking forward and I believe this is the next step for the team in that process. We have the goal to be a championship-caliber team in any series in which we compete, and I am excited to watch the team grow in the coming years.”
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