Childress: Next driver of the 3 car was 14 years in the making

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (release) -- The Richard Childress Racing program on the second day of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway was all about family.

"This is probably the most exciting year I think for RCR, bringing Ryan Newman on, Paul Menard for his fourth year and bringing Austin (Dillon) aboard, moving Ty up," said team owner Richard Childress.

"But it's all about the people. The people in an organization is what makes it and what Mike Dillon (Vice President of Competition) and Eric Warren (Director of Competition) have put together, what Richie Gilmore and the guys have put together in our engine shop, it's amazing to stand back and watch what all is going on.

The newest member of the RCR family, Ryan Newman, said his transition to a new team has been smooth and he's excited about what's ahead for his No. 31 Caterpillar/Quicken Loans/WIX Filters Chevrolet.

"I feel like it's a unique situation for me; first time in my career I've been put together with an organization, a team, that's already established," Newman said.

"When I started at Penske we built a team and when I went to Stewart-Haas we brought an existing team over and pieced together a bunch of guys. This time here it's really about getting to know the people, the names, the faces and creating that communication from my standpoint and the easy part is it's already established on their side from Luke's (Lambert, crew chief) and his leadership and all the other guys."

Childress' grandson, Austin Dillon, who will bring the iconic No. 3 Dow/Cheerios Chevrolet back to the Sprint Cup Series for the first time since Dale Earnhardt's death in 2001, said if the recent tests are any indication, he's got a fast car for 2014.

"We've got two tests now under our belt with a really solid team," Dillon said. "That's what I'm most excited about is the experience that they've put around me with the team that we've got with Gil Martin (crew chief) and the guys. I feel like there's no weak link on that team and just after two tests that we've had I'm really excited about how fast our cars have been. Eric Warren and the whole gang have really worked hard putting some speed into RCR this year and I feel like it's going to show up."

The family rivalry extends to the Nationwide Series as well, where Ty Dillon will take the wheel of the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops/WESCO/Yuengling Light Lager Chevrolet.

The younger brother of Austin said he hopes to one-up his older sibling with a Nationwide Series championship in his rookie campaign. "I guess the only thing I got over on him last year is I won two races and he won only once, Ty Dillon joked. "But I really wanted to match what Austin did with his guys in the Truck Series. Maybe we can try to one-up him this year and win Nationwide championship first year out."


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