CONCORD, N.C. – Todd Gilliland, the son of current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Gilliland, will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards racing debut with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) at Toledo Speedway on Sunday during the Menards 200 presented by Federated Auto Care.
Todd Gilliland will make his ARCA debut behind the wheel of his No.55 Core Power-Hostetler Almonds Toyota. Veteran Crew Chief, Jeff McClure, will be atop the pit box for VMS at Toledo.
Gilliland, who will celebrate his 15th birthday just two days before his first ARCA start, will also become age eligible to compete the same day under ARCA’s minimum age requirement. In doing so Gilliland will become the youngest driver in series history to start a race.
“It’s super exciting getting an opportunity to run an ARCA race in really good equipment. Of course I want a solid finish but the main goal is to gain experience and earn the respect of the other drivers. I just want to make the most of this opportunity,” said Gilliland.
In preparation for Toledo, Gilliland tested at Motor Mile Speedway (Radford, Va.) last week alongside VMS teammate and ARCA series veteran Frank Kimmel.
“Todd did a great job. I was really impressed how quickly he adapted to the extra power and how he was able to adjust throughout the course of the day. It was a successful test,” said Kimmel.