This week’s BetMGM Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course… Dillon competed in the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race using the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course setup last year. He won Stage Points and ran most of the race in the top 10, but was ultimately credited with a 31st place finish after retiring from the race early following an on-track crash at stage 3. Dillon has raced the Brickyard’s traditional oval configuration. eight previous times in the NASCAR Cup Series, with a best finish of ninth in 2016. He also has five NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at IMS (four in the oval configuration and one in the track configuration), with a best finish of fifth place in 2012. Dillon grew up attending races at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway with his grandfather, car owner Richard Childress. Dillon remembers riding the pace car as a kid and participated in the Victory Lane festivities with Paul Menard in 2011 and Kevin Harvick in 2003 when they won the prestigious race under the RCR banner.
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Double function… Dillon, the 2013 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, is scheduled to compete in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race is live on NBC at 3:30 pm ET on Saturday, July 30.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
Does your mindset change in this race given the points situation you’re in?
“You just have to be aggressive. With the number of winners this season, we’re going to have to win to make the NASCAR Playoffs. This team at Richard Childress Racing is strong and I know we can get the job done. Things have to work out. line up and we have to have a perfect day to get to Victory Lane. That means I have to do my job, the pit crew has to do their job and the strategy has to work. In SIM, I’ve been pretty good at the Indianapolis Road Course, and we were strong at that race last year, but it was so crazy at the end. I’d like to surprise some people at a road course.”
Of all the road courses you’ve done, which is the most comparable to Indy?
“Wow, it’s so flat. We have elevation changes at every track we’ve been to. I’d say Daytona has a little less elevation change. So for me, I don’t really know because the asphalt Indy’s very different in the way the grooves are cut and it uses a lot of side grip. Sonoma, I think in terms of braking force, it’s probably pretty similar – the amount of braking force and things like that because the track seems to drop off a little bit. So I’m thinking maybe Sonoma and Daytona, in between.”