About

Todd Gilliland (born May 15, 2000) is an American stock car racing driver. The son of NASCAR driver David Gilliland, he currently competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, driving the No. 16 Toyota Camry for Bill McAnally Racing. He also drives in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour.

RACING CAREER

Gilliland first started driving when he was three years old; his parents purchased a pink (later repainted to black) Barbie corvette with modified pedals and an additional battery to increase its speed. Afterwards, he began driving a quarter midget on a neighborhood dirt track. Two years later, he started racing competitively, but stopped for two years at the decision of his father. In 2012, he won championships in the North Carolina Quarter Midget Association, USAC World Formula National Quarter Midget Championship and on the West Coast; he concluded his quarter midget career with 34 wins. The following year, he started limited late model racing, running three races. In 2014, he won his first limited late model race from the pole position at Ace Speedway. Later in the year, he won his first late model race at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Todd's first race car 2005

Todd’s first race car 2005

On May 17, two days after his fifteenth birthday, Gilliland became the youngest driver to compete in the ARCA Racing Series when he made his debut at Toledo Speedway with Venturini Motorsports. After leading the race weekend’s practice session and qualifying fifth, he held off Tom Hessert and Josh Williams to win, becoming the youngest winner in ARCA series history.

On November 12, Gilliland ran his first race in the K&N Pro Series West for Frontline Enterprises and Bill McAnally Racing at Phoenix International Raceway, taking the lead with five laps to go after J. J. Haley’s tire went down and defeated William Byron on the green–white–checker finish to win. The win made Gilliland the youngest race winner in track history. In postrace inspection, Gilliland’s car was found to have the lubrication oil reservoir tank cover bolted improperly. As a result, his team received a P5 penalty (the second-worst in NASCAR) and was docked thirty points, although Gilliland was allowed to keep the victory. On January 29, 2016, Gilliland joined Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Super Late Model team.

On February 4, 2016, McAnally announced that Gilliland would compete full-time in the series, driving the No. 16 Camry. Gilliland also made a start in the K&N Pro Series East at New Smyrna Speedway. After winning the pole, he won the race in controversial fashion, as the flagman failed to wave the white flag in time after lap 150 and unintentionally extended the race by a lap. The race was subsequently declared official after 150 laps.

PERSONAL LIFE

Gilliland’s father David currently competes in the Sprint Cup Series for Front Row Motorsports. His grandfather Butch, the 1997 NASCAR Winston West Series champion, formerly competed in the Cup and Craftsman Truck Series.