Meet Ty Dillon at the GEICO display on Speed Street in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, May 26, from 5-6:00 p.m. ET
The Driver’s Wheel…thoughts from Ty Dillon
…On racing four segments instead of three in the Coca-Cola 600:
“I like it. More chances to get points is always a good thing. We’ve been right on that edge of getting in the points positions at some of these segments. Hopefully, we have a good GEICO Military Chevy come around for the 600 and we will be in a spot to collect some points and you get four opportunities to get some stage points which are very valuable.”
…On what it’s like to start a race by day and transition to night racing:
“You just kind of got to know what to expect and it definitely makes it tough being a rookie in the Monster Energy Series not racing here before at the highest level, but I’ve ran a lot of Xfinity races here and felt like I was starting to get a grip on the difference of the sun being on Turns 3 and 4 and not being there. It turns into two totally different corners depending on sunlight and what not. Running a race that runs through both versions of that race track is something that you’ve got to be prepared to adapt to and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Inspiration for our GEICO Military Chevrolet SS
…GEICO and the military:
GEICO has a proud, longstanding relationship with the military that has become stronger and more enduring every year. In 1936, Leo and Lillian Goodwin’s vision for the company centered on providing insurance for government employees, military personnel and their families. Since that time, GEICO has been serving the men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces through a variety of programs and services at home and overseas during wartime as well as peacetime. The military continues to be an integral part of GEICO and the company is honored to support those who have sacrificed so much.
…Custom Camo Military Car:
“The men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces are the cornerstone of GEICO’s success and remain the company’s most esteemed policyholders,” said GEICO representative. “The Custom Camo Military Car is a small gesture of GEICO’s appreciation to military personnel and their families for their sacrifice, bravery and courage.”
As Part of the 600 Miles of Remembrance, We Salute…
Nathan was passionate about his family and his country. He was a Marine reserve when the Twin Towers were hit. He immediately changed his status to active and started training to go to Iraq. He wanted to learn the language and this was part of his training. He experienced frustration only when they did not send him soon enough. He went to Iraq as a non-commissioned officer because he wanted to go as soon as possible. The day he died, he was assigned to Weapons Co. as a member of one of three mobile strike teams. He was the first one out of the vehicle to secure the area when a remote detonated bomb went off, taking his life. He died doing what he wanted to do - serving his country - as a hero.
Corporal Hammond was a 1998 graduate of Pleasant Hope High School in Pleasant Hope, Missouri. Following high school, he joined the Marine Corps as a Reserve Member in March 1999. While in the Marine Reserves, Nathan graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in October 2003 with his pilot’s license, eventually working at College of the Ozarks as a flight instructor.
When his reserve unit activated in the spring of 2004, Nate was sent to attend language classes, learning to speak Arabic, before joining his unit in August of that year. As a member of the Anti-Tank Training Company in Broken Arrow (Ok.) (a Marine Reserve Unit, attached to the 4th Marine Division), his unit was assigned to Babil province, Iraq, considered at the time, the most dangerous place in Iraq.
Upon his scheduled discharge from the Marine Corps Reserves in March of 2005, Nathaniel had planned to re-enlist with hopes of becoming an officer and Apache helicopter pilot in the war zone.
In support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, a Marine Corps reserve unit, deployed in September of 2004. Once in Babil Province, they began conducting security operations in what was considered Iraq’s Triangle of Death, ground zero in the war on terror. Upon their return in March 2005, the regiment captured more than 200 insurgents during their deployment. Because of their successful nighttime raids, the 2/24 earned the nickname “Mad Ghosts” from Insurgents operating in the region. The 2/24 reportedly made Marine Corps history when they became the first reserve infantry battalion of OIF to operate independently, isolated on its own forward operating base. Thirteen soldiers from the 2/24 made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom while mobilized and deployed.
This weekend, our No. 13 GEICO Military Chevrolet SS features the name of fallen soldier Corporal Nathaniel Hammond, Marine Corps Reserve, as well as associate sponsorship from Twisted Tea, Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes, ZAK Products, Wix Filters, Caymus Vineyards and RTIC Coolers. Germain Racing is proud to be a Lincoln Electric team and every race car we field sports a pink ribbon and a pink heart in honor of “Gracie.” In addition, we’ll support the #CheckIt4Andretti awareness campaign with a special decal that both NASCAR and IndyCar cars can sport this weekend.
Tune In! This is when to look for the GEICO Military Chevy at Charlotte this weekend…
Opening Practice: Thursday, May 25, 2-3:25 p.m, ET (FS1/Canada TSN2)
Qualifying: Thursday, 7:15 p.m.: Qualifying (FS1/Canada TSN2)
Practice: Saturday, May 27, 9-9:55 a.m. ET (FS1/Canada TSN2)
Final Practice: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. (FS1/Canada TSN2)
Race: Sunday, May 28, 6 p.m. ET, FOX
Ty Dillon made his MENCS debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway last week in the Monster Energy Open where he started eighth and finished sixth
Dillon has competed in six NXS races earning four top-ten finishes at Charlotte
Dillon has two NCWTS starts at Charlotte with one top-five/two top-ten results
Germain Racing has 15 MENCS points race starts at Charlotte and six starts in The Open with a highest finish of third (2014) and three top-ten results
GEICO Military has been the paint scheme for the No. 13 team in the 600 since 2014
Germain has six NXS and 14 NCWTS starts at Charlotte including five top-fives in Trucks
More on GEICO and the Military…
GEICO has been dedicated to serving the U.S. military since the company's founding in 1936. The company's first customers were enlisted service members and other federal employees. GEICO provides discount programs and service options that can best serve U.S. troops at home and overseas during wartime as well as peacetime. Many programs that GEICO sponsors and supports have a direct impact on the men and women that serve in our Armed Forces. We operate a dedicated Military Service Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, staffed by more than 120 veterans from all branches of the military. The Center serves active duty, guard, reserve, retired military personnel and their families with specialized insurance programs.
Every year since 1988, GEICO has honored members of the U.S. military for their contributions toward drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention with the GEICO Military Service Awards. GEICO also supports the USO and the programs it provides to military members and their families. In addition to corporate donations, GEICO associates contribute many hours of volunteer time to regional USO chapters. GEICO also sponsors the USO, Inc. Mobile Canteen that travels around the country supporting military homecomings and other celebrations and events.
GEICO is also the sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund traveling Vietnam wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that travels throughout the country and also features a traveling museum and information center. And the company provides financial support to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a national nonprofit organization that is made up of, and provides services to, those who have lost a loved one on active duty with the armed forces. GEICO also supports the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
In 2009, GEICO contributed funds to the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation (DVLMF) to help build the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the nation’s first permanent memorial honoring disabled veterans. Through scholarship programs, GEICO assists military members and their families in their quest for higher education.
Annual donations are made to support the scholarship programs of the National Military Family Association, the Navy Chief Petty Officers Association, the Special Operations Warriors Foundation, the Fleet Reserve Association Scholarship Foundation, the Wings Over America Foundation and the Anchor Scholarship Fund. An annual Army ROTC scholarship is awarded through the Association of the US Army. GEICO partners with The University of Maryland University College on the GEICO Federal/Military Scholarship. The Military scholarship is targeted to dependents of Military members. GEICO is a corporate partner of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), a program that helps connect military spouses with jobs and provides them with training to enter a new career field.