NASCAR racer Austin Dillion experienced racing history April 9 with racing legend Jimmy McElreath when he delivered meals in the official pace car for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300. The delivery was a partnership between Meal On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County and NASCAR to kick off Texas Motor Speedway’s race week. Jimmy and Shirley, his wife of 61 years, were one of the stops.
Jimmy, the 1962 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, had much in common with Austin, the 2012 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. “It was great to talk racing with Austin because he has a bright future,” Jimmy said. “Any time I get to share my love of racing with a fellow driver, it’s a good day.”
The two famous racers talked shop as they looked over the racing relics in Jimmy’s garage, including the Indy car that belonged to Jimmy’s late son, James. Austin also delivered to a retired Air Force Colonel Dick and his wife Marian, and Rick who was a former sprint car driver.
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