Austin Dillon is one of the most incredible athletes in NASCAR history. He started his career as a driver in 2006, and he has since won multiple championships and races. In 2013, Austin became the youngest driver ever to win a championship in any major North American motorsport. What makes Austin’s story even more amazing is that he accomplished all this while battling serious health issues.
In 2007, Austin was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. This diagnosis forced him to make some major changes to his lifestyle and diet, but it didn’t stop him from achieving his goals. Diabetes doesn’t affect just your physical health – it can also impact your mental well-being. For Austin, managing his diabetes was an ongoing challenge, but it only made him stronger.
Austin Dillon facts and information
Austin Dillon was born in Lewisville, Texas on April 18th, 1989. His parents are both NASCAR drivers: Mike Dillon Sr., and Sandra Dillon-Watkins (née Sanders). Austin has three siblings: Michael Jr., Steven Wayne “Steve”, and Katherine Ann “Katie” Dillion-Tate all of whom also compete professionally in various motorsports disciplines such as off-road racing and road course driving events.
When he was four years old Austin Dillon started karting competitively at the age of eight with his father’s help, winning 11 regional championships before moving up to cars at age 15. Austin then began racing stock cars in 2004, where he was a NASCAR Late Model champion before moving up to the Camping World Truck Series (now known as the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck) in 2008 and eventually winning championships there too!
Austin Dillon has always had an affinity for animals. As a child, Austin would spend his days at local zoos volunteering with baby animals who were recovering from injuries or illness. When Austin turned 18 Austin decided that Austin wanted to be able to help more people by pursuing a career in medicine so Austin went on to attend college but ended up taking time off when Austin’s father suffered from cancer. After completing his degree at Texas A&M University – Station, he started working as an EMT Ambulance driver in Dallas.
Austin Dillon Achievement
Dillon won the Truck Series Rookie of the Year award in 2010, and he went on to be a three-time champion as well! After winning his third championship in 2012 with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Dillon moved up from trucks into NASCAR’s premier series where Austin finished second in points behind Brad Keselowski during Austin’s first full season at RCR. Austin then returned to trucks for two seasons before returning again for Austin’s most recent win at Daytona International Speedway last month. He joins Bobby Allison (1972) Dick Trickle (1973), David Pearson (1974), Cale Yarborough(1976) Darrell Waltrip(1977), and Dale Earnhardt Sr.(1980). The only other drivers who have won both titles are Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, and Ryan Blaney.