Start your engines! Entering USA Network’s unscripted lineup is Austin Dillon’s Life in the Fast Lane, which centers on the NASCAR star and 2018 Daytona 500 winner, his wife Whitney, and their infant son Ace.
Also along for the ride are the couple’s best friends, Paul and Mariel Swan. Paul also plays an important part in Dillon’s on-track crew as lead tire carrier on his Richard Childress Racing (RCR) team. Mariel and Whitney, both former NFL cheerleaders, are also in business together.
Austin and Whitney Dillon made a pit stop to talk to TV Insider before the premiere, to preview the first season.
What was the turnaround like for the creation of the show?
Whitney Dillon: The process was actually pretty quick. We had done a reality show before, Racing Wives. They used footage from that as part of the pilot presentation to pitch the series. We did one Skype interview, and it got picked up really quickly. It was really quick and ended up being the busiest season of our lives.
How would you compare the feeling of the show to Racing Wives?
Whitney: This show is completely different. You really see the family side, especially now that Mariel and I are now mothers. Paul and Mariel are pregnant [when the series begins]. We’re traveling with the guys. We’re having a lot of un. You get to see on the track and off the track. It’s a true family show. Any age can watch. It is age-appropriate.
Austin, how is it having cameras on you at work on the track, peeling back the curtain before race day?
Austin Dillon: I’m used to having cameras around. I’ve had that my entire career with NASCAR. Nothing really different as I’ve filmed pilots and other things along the way. The coolest part of this is it’s just my family and friends, allowing viewers the…