A Lucky Penny Leads to a Daytona 500 Championship Ring
Just days before he defends his Daytona 500 victory, Austin Dillon spent his day off from the Daytona International Speedway Tuesday having a magical day at Walt Disney World Resort.
Dillon interacted with popular Disney characters, posed for photos wearing Mickey Mouse ears and experienced several signature attractions, such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
“I love this place,” Dillon said. “Magic Kingdom, this is cool. I’m just pumped to be back here. It makes you smile when you walk in the park.”
He also surprised a young racing fan, who had given him a lucky penny just before he won the Daytona 500 last year. Dillon presented the young fan, 12-year-old Jordan Wade of Bradenton, Fla., with a Daytona 500 champions ring.
“Jordan was a part of our Daytona 500 win,” Dillon said. “He came to North Carolina and kind of became part of the family. I knew when we came back down here I wanted to do something special for him so we got him the 500 ring.”
It was Dillon’s first visit to Walt Disney World Resort since his family brought him to the famous theme park as a child. Dillon was joined by his mother, wife and friends.
Dillon returns to the track on Thursday for the Gander RV Duel at Daytona International Speedway.