By Christian Koelle, Staff Writer
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Ty Dillon will run the “All-Star” car for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) on a part-time basis in 2021. He’ll share the No. 54 Toyota Supra with Ty Gibbs, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin. His first start of the season will be the Beef! It’s What’s For Dinner 300 at Daytona International Speedway to kick-off 2021.
“I am so thankful and excited for the opportunity to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota,” Dillon said. “They have been on top of the sport for a long time and this is a great opportunity for me to go prove that I am a winner and show what I know I can do in a race car.”
Dillon will also run at Homestead-Miami Speedway (February 27), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 6), and Talladega Superspeedway (April 24).
A day after announcing Ty Gibbs would be driving the No. 54 in select races in 2021, JGR announced the schedule for the fellow All-Star Cup Series drivers. Kyle Busch will pilot the No. 54 Supra at the following tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Circuit of the Americas, Texas Motor Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Road America. Busch is chasing his 100th career Xfinity Series victory, in which he has stated he will retire from the series after accomplishing the feat. He currently holds the record for most wins in the series (98).
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We are happy to welcome @tydillon to our @XfinityRacing program for this season. Ty will drive the No. 54 #Supra in select races and make his JGR debut at @DAYTONA on February 13th. #TeamToyota pic.twitter.com/U9ajthKgDN
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) January 27, 2021
Back-to-Back Xfinity Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will return to the Xfinity Series for the first time since 2010 at Atlanta in July. In 103 starts, Truex has 13 victories, 40 top-five, and 61 top-10 finishes. Denny Hamlin will also race in his annual race at Darlington Raceway in September.
The remainder of the lineup and sponsorship announcements will come at a later date.
On January 19th, Dillon announced that he would attempt to qualify for the Daytona 500 with Gaunt Brothers Racing. The only confirmed event for Dillon and Gaunt Brothers Racing, the schedule will be part-time.