Ty Dillon sees the ‘silver lining’ in postponed season

Ty Dillon starred in Sunday’s iRacing event against NASCAR’s stars, and is full of plenty of optimism going forward as NASCAR's season is currently on hold.

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March 27, 2020 - 4:15 PM

NASCAR driver Ty Dillon sits next to his car, cooling down prior to the Monster Energy Open practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 19, 2017, in Concord, N.C. Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Ty Dillon hadn’t sat behind a simulator rig in 10 years until he prepared to compete in Sunday’s iRacing event against NASCAR’s stars. Despite Dillon’s last-minute entry and scramble to find the proper equipment, the Cup Series driver finished 19th in a field of 35 drivers, proving his real-life driving skills carry over into the virtual world.

“In a real race car, I feel very confident knowing what I’m doing,” Dillon said. “In an iRacing rig, I’m not so sure what I’m doing. You don’t want to be the first one to mess it up for everybody.”

Germain Racing’s No. 13 driver gave a promising first showing on the sim and said he plans to compete in other iRaces organized by NASCAR with the season postponed. Dillon currently sits 24th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings and finished 15th at the last race at Phoenix Raceway.

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