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Austin Dillon to Run 2013 Daytona 500 for Richard Childress Racing

November 9th, 2012 at 1:53 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Richard Childress has helped out several drivers throughout his career, giving cars to Morgan Shepherd and others just out of the kindness of heart. Now for Childress it is time to help his family furfill a lifelong dream.

'Austin Dillon 2011 Truck Champion' photo (c) 2010, Ted Van Pelt - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Austin Dillon, grandson of the legendary car owner, will pilot a numbered 33 Honey Nut Cheerios Chevrolet in the 2013 Daytona 500. For Dillon it's a dream come true.

"My family has so many memories of racing in the Daytona 500 so it is really special to me to be able to make my first Daytona 500 start," said Dillon. "With the support of General Mills and America's Favorite Cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios, I hope to continue RCR's winning tradition on restrictor plate tracks with my pal Buzz on the hood of the #33 Honey Nut Cheerios Chevrolet." 

Honey Nut Cheerios parent company, General Mills is also excited about the news.  

"General Mills is thrilled to be partnering with RCR and Austin Dillon for his Daytona 500 debut," said Gregg Dorazio, Manager of Shopper Marketing and Motorsports at General Mills. "Race fans will certainly be buzzing about Austin's appearance in The Great American Race. Austin adds even more excitement and opportunity to our 2013 Cheerios® Racing team and marketing plans."

Childress himself is thrilled to watch his grandson race in the biggest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.

"Competing in the Daytona 500 is a major step in Austin's career and we couldn't be more proud than to have General Mills expand its program with RCR for a second year on the #33 Chevrolet SS," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. "Austin has made a number of Sprint Cup Series starts so he understands the pressures at NASCAR's highest level but his first start in The Great American Race will be a special one." 

The 2013 Daytona 500 will be ran on February 24, 2013.

 

Tags: Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Daytona International Raceway, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Richard Childress Racing

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