Dillon tweeted out the first photo from the series on May 13. The image featured Austin and Whitney Dillon on one side while RCR crew member Paul Swan and his wife Mariel stood on the other. The reality series will debut on the USA Network on June 23, ahead of the trip to Nashville Superspeedway that kicks off the first week on the NBC schedule.
“The half-hour unscripted series will follow the over-the-top NASCAR lifestyle of Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon, along with wife Whitney, adorable son Ace, and best friends Paul and Mariel Swan,” a synopsis from USA Network states, courtesy of NBC Sports. “Featuring high-stakes races, hilarious adventures, and heartwarming moments at home, Austin leans on his loved ones both on and off the track as he trains and competes in the NASCAR season.”
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Dillon Has Put Part of His Life on Display
Dillon has dabbled in the reality TV world during previous seasons. He put his preparation for the 2020 Daytona 500 on display for the MotorTrend series, “NASCAR All In: Battle for Daytona.” This limited series followed the driver of the No. 3, his rookie teammate Tyler Reddick, and veteran driver Corey LaJoie as they went through the preseason and prepared for the biggest race of the year.
Additionally, the Dillon family took center stage during another limited series, “Defending Daytona.” This series followed the couple as they celebrated the last-lap victory in the 2018 Daytona 500 and took part in numerous interviews. It then focused on the lead-up to the 2019 season and Dillon’s quest to go back-to-back in the Crown Jewel race.
Paul and Mariel Swan had a role in “Defending Daytona” as well. They spent time at the Dillon household and discussed a recent vacation. Whitney provided further context by explaining that they had all been friends for seven years at the time and that they had essentially become family.
“Considered one of the best drivers in NASCAR, Austin is working towards a NASCAR Cup Series Championship alongside his best friend and lead tire carrier, Paul Swan,” the synopsis continues. “Paul’s wife, Mariel, who is pregnant with their first child, is also Whitney’s longtime best friend and partner-in-crime. Both former NFL cheerleaders and NASCAR Monster Energy Girls, Mariel and Whitney are always the life of the party and balance out their husbands’ adrenaline-fueled day jobs with nonstop hijinks and fun. Closer than ever, the Dillons and Swans live fast and loud while putting family and friendship first around every turn.”
Mariel & Whitney Previously Starred in Another Series
One potential big difference between the two series is that “Racing Wives” focused on these five women, their businesses, and the realities of being part of the racing world. The actual races were less of a story. Another is that Mariel was a Monster Energy model during the series, which aired in 2019.
Mariel and Whitney, who both were part of the Tennessee Titans cheer team, started a company together, WM Jewelry, which features a wide variety of rings, necklaces, earrings, and other items. They have remained a prominent part of each other’s lives, and this will continue with the new reality series on the USA Network.