Concord, NC (July 15, 2015) – Todd Gilliland will make his second career start in Friday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway. Gilliland will reunite with Venturini Motorsports for the first time since finding victory lane in his ARCA debut at Toledo Speedway earlier in the year. At 15-years old, Gilliland became the youngest all-time winner in ARCA’s 62-year history.
Todd Gilliland – the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland – will mark his return piloting the No.55 Renton Coil Springs Toyota Camry. Jeff McClure, who was Gilliland’s winning crew chief at Toledo, will be back calling the shots from the pit box.
“I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity to race this weekend at Iowa,” said Gilliland. “Obviously winning at Toledo in my first (ARCA) series race earlier this season was like a dream come true. As a driver you want to win every time out – but I understand the reality of racing. My expectations are the same as they were before my first race, complete all the laps and gain experience. I’ve got a great team behind me and tough competition ahead of me on the track. We’ll do our best and take it one lap at a time.”
This will be Gilliland’s first time racing on Iowa Speedway’s 7/8 mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track.
“My first laps at Iowa will come during Friday’s practice session – I hear its fast. I’m getting a lot of good advice and will lean on my teammate Brandon Jones quite a bit. He might not be much older than me but I know he’s had a lot of success and knows his way around Iowa. He’ll be a big help,” said Gilliland.
Practice for the #ThisIsMySpeedway150 is from 11:15 am-12:45 pm CT Friday with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 4 pm CT. The #ThisIsMySpeedway150 is scheduled to start at 8 pm CT and will air live on FOX Sports 1. Live Timing and Scoring will also be available at arcaracing.com.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, Brandon Jones, and Justin Boston. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.