UNOH/RCR Press Conference - The University of Northwestern Ohio and Richard Childress Racing officials announced a new partnership Thursday in the Time Warner Media Center at Charlotte Motor Speedway, putting the university on the hood of driver Ty Dillon’s ARCA car for the February 12 ARCA race at Daytona.

In addition to the sponsorship, UNOH’s College of Technologies interns will be assisting RCR development at the track during race weekend.

“This is a unique relationship, and it’s a great opportunity for our students to learn from some of the best,” said Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis, president of the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Dillon, 18, is the youngest grandson of legendary NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. He made his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Iowa, where he started on the pole and finished second; he went on to pick up wins at both Kansas and Rockingham.

“I’ve met a lot of the students and had a great time with them,” Dillon said. “I’m excited about Daytona, and hopefully we’ll make it three wins in a row in the ARCA Series.”

Dillon said he expects to run a full ARCA season, along with a couple of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, depending on how much sponsorship comes along.

“Right now, it’s all ‘Pop-Pop’ racing,” laughed Mike Dillon, Ty’s father and Richard Childress Racing’s vice president of competition. “We’re no different from any other team out there, and we need sponsors to do what we’re doing. We’ll start off with ARCA and try to go after that championship.”

A former NASCAR racer himself, Mike Dillon was asked how far he wanted sons Ty and Austin (a current NASCAR Camping World Truck racer) to go. First, Dillon laughed and retorted, “All the way. I’m planning on retiring with it.”

But moments later, with a serious tone, he said, “These guys have learned a lot from being around it so long. You learn a lot from your mistakes, so they had a lot of that from me, and they’ve lived all of that. It surprises me they’ve paid attention as much as they have.”