Germain Racing relocated to Welcome, N.C. in the offseason to strengthen its technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing heading into the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
Ty Dillon, who returns to drive the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet for his third full season in Cup, believes the move from Mooresville, N.C., where the team was based for a decade, will bring a lot of positives.
"I think over time it’s going to grow the relationship and the partnership, technical alliance with RCR and Germain Racing," Dillon told MRN. "We are already seeing a lot of benefits of the closeness, just the communication across the board and how our cars are being developed."
The move made for a busy offseason for the team that will once again have Matt Borland as crew chief.
"There’s a lot of work that goes into it that our guys have battled through and it’s been a tougher offseason for them," Dillon said. "I really appreciated their hard work and I feel we are all pretty confident that this is going to be a great move in the right direction as far as developing out race program. Having another year of Matt being there the whole offseason to kind of direct things. I think we’ve kind of cleaned up things throughout this move and really taking our program to the next level."
Dillon did record his first top 10 in the Cup Series in 2018, but finished 27th in the final standings. He’s looking for more consistency this season and says communication will be key.
"Last year really wasn’t what we wanted," Dillon said. "I think this year we are very focused on the right things. How we communicate, what we need, whether it’s me being a driver or what Matt needs from me as a crew chief. Even the guys working on the cars not just at the racetrack, but on the shop floor. I think we are cleaning all that up and that’s an area that’s going to be a massive improvement for this year."
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