Austin Dillon to Make Rolex 24 Debut with RWR Eurasia, Joins Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson in the Field
The grid for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is steadily filling up, with the latest inclusions to the roster coming from Rick Ware Racing Eurasia. As it turned out, the team announced three drivers from its four-man line-up. One of them is NASCAR driver Austin Dillon, who will hop in the Ligier JS P217 Gibsons for the season-opener.
Of course, this is an endurance race, so Dillon cannot be expected to go at it alone. Turkish driver Salih Yoluc, and reigning Asian Le Mans Series champion Cody Ware, will be his co-drivers.
Last month, Eurasia Motorsport and Rick Ware Racing announced that they would field an LMP2 entry in the race. It is also worth mentioning that the outfit is tying up with the BAM Motorsport Management consultancy.
RWR Eurasia adds Daytona 500 and Le Mans winners to its Rolex 24 line-up – https://t.co/2BQtUsdZHo
— Eurasia Motorsport (@eurasiaracing) December 31, 2020
Austin Dillon is confident that he is the man for the job
Truthfully speaking, RWR has a solid driver in its stable, as Dillon is a former Xfinity and Truck Series champion. In addition to that, he has three NASCAR Cup Series wins and finished 11th in 2020, his career-best effort.
However, Dillon won’t be alone on the sportscar championship grid. As it turns out, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson are also competing in the Rolex 24 Hours race.
After the Cup Series season kicks off with the 2021 Daytona 500 on February 14, the paddock will remain at Daytona. This is because the Cup drivers are set to compete on the road course in the following weekend.
In a sense, the endurance race will be good practice for Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. This is because both series share the same track layout, except for an extra chicane off Turn 4 on the oval section.
The Philippines-registered team has a base at the Malaysian Sepang Circuit. However, the outfit will operate out of the RWR facility in North Carolina. Needless to say, Austin Dillon will be hugely excited to race there in 2021.
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