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North Carolina's Ty Dillon joins Golden Gate Racing Team in Phoenix AVONDALE, AZ (11-13-10) -- Since it's beginning back in 1989, the San Francisco based Golden Gate Racing Team has been instrumental in the growth and development of many well ...

North Carolina's Ty Dillon joins Golden Gate Racing Team in Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ (11-13-10) -- Since it's beginning back in 1989, the San Francisco based Golden Gate Racing Team has been instrumental in the growth and development of many well known drivers at various levels of NASCAR. In less than one week, the team that carries the support of Richard Childress Racing can add another young talent to their showcase as Ty Dillon will join the team for the final round of the NASCAR K&N Series West season.

"I have known Ty Dillon since the day he was born and I've enjoyed watching his career blossom at such a young age," said team owner Jim Offenbach. "Everyone at GGRT and RCR are truly honored to have the opportunity to be working with this talented young man in Phoenix. I foresee both of our cars having a strong run."

A resident of Lewisville, North Carolina, 19-year-old Dillon is no stranger to success in NASCAR racing. On Saturday, November 13th he will join Michael Self, primary driver for the Golden Gate Racing Team in the 3 Amigos Tequila 125 as Offenbach has collaborated with Childress to field two competitive cars on the one mile Phoenix International Raceway. Dillon will be aboard the Golden Gate Meat Company #31 Chevrolet while Self returns in the #21 that will carry the sponsorship of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and Bay Bio Diesel.

"We at RCR are excited to watch Ty Dillon and Michael Self race together in Phoenix with the GGRT/RCR driver development program," said Richard Childress, President of RCR. Childress has been involved with Offenbach's Golden Gate Racing Team since 1989 and the duo has seen numerous drivers advance through their efforts including top names like Mike Skinner, Jay Sauter, Mike Dillon, Tim McCreadie, Austin Dillon and Dave Mayhew along with last week's top sprint car finishers Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick and more.

"We will surely see some very exciting racing with Michael Self and my youngest Grandson, Ty Dillon, racing together. This will be a good challenge for both of these drivers to showcase their talent. I will have the pleasure of watching them in company of all the members of the Golden Gate Racing Team as they look to make a successful run in Phoenix."

As Dillon steps into the stable of the Golden Gate Racing Team, he continues a family tradition. His father, Mike, now the Director of Competition at RCR, once drove for GGRT as well as his older brother, Austin, who now is a top contender in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The event will mark Dillon's first start at Phoenix and his first time racing in the west series after competing primarily in the eastern campaign over the past two years.

"I am very excited about this opportunity to drive for the Golden Gate Racing Team," said Dillon. "The Golden Gate Racing Team is a whole part of RCR that I have known but haven't gotten to directly work with before. It's an honor to drive for them as they have been very close to my family for my whole life. They have a lot of experience and great equipment out west."

In 2010 Dillon started in eight events in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He ranked 13th in the overall standings with two top five finishes and four top tens, including his first career win with the series at Greshem Motorsports Park. In addition to his recent success in NASCAR's development series, Dillon has excelled in numerous late model events on both dirt and asphalt and was a top competitor in the Bandalaro and Legend Chargers campaigns during his first year in 2006. As he makes his first start on the biggest track of the western campaign, he will be in good company as his father, grandfather and the Golden Gate Racing Team will provide the guidance and the tools for a stellar run.

"This will be the first time I've ran at Phoenix, but I have a lot of experience behind me with this team," added Dillon. "My Dad raced here many times and my grandfather has been successful as a car owner here. They are always there to help me out with any advice I need. It's really great to have the opportunity to work with all of them together."

As Dillon makes his debut with the Golden Gate Racing Team, Self will be making his second start of the season with the team and his 12th overall start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The 19 year old Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender, Self looks forward to the addition of Dillon to the team in the sun city.

"Working alongside and racing against Ty Dillon is going to be a whole new experience for me. I'm really looking forward to it," said Self, who sits 8th in the west standings. "He's an incredible driver from what I have seen and has a lot more time in these cars than I do, so I'm hoping to absorb everything I can from him and get as much knowledge out of the weekend as possible."

As they take to the track together, Self and Dillon will work together to bring the Golden Gate Racing Team to the front of the field for the series finale. After making his debut with the team last month in Roseville, Self is confident all of the tools are in place for a strong run from both of them.

"I know we both have awesome cars for the weekend," said Self. "Everyone at GGRT and RCR has shown incredible motivation in making everything the best it can be for both he and I. Hopefully I can give him a good run and be in the same league as him on the track when the time comes."

-source: ggrt

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Drivers Mike Skinner , Kevin Harvick , Jay Sauter , Clint Bowyer , Tim McCreadie , Austin Dillon , Michael Self , Ty Dillon
Teams Richard Childress Racing