With next week marking the final off-weekend of the season for the Sprint Cup Series, many drivers will likely be headed out on family vacations.
But no one will be able to top the unique family vacation David Gilliland has planned with his father Butch and son Todd.
They’re all going racing.
So what makes that unique? Plenty.
The three generations of Gillilands will compete together for the first time in family history in a 75-lap Super Late Model Series race on July 19 at Irwindale Speedway in suburban Los Angeles.
The patriarch of the family, Butch, won the 1997 NASCAR K&N West Series championship with David acting as his crew chief.
Butch, now 56, retired from racing in 2002 and has not raced professionally since. But in his day, he was one of the most competitive drivers on the west coast.
Butch also shepherded the early racing career of David, 38, who is in his ninth season in the Sprint Cup Series.
David, who drives the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports in the Cup ranks, learned his early racing lessons well from his father – and it was at Irwindale where the younger Gilliland earned his first career race win on an asphalt track.
And while Todd may have just turned 14, he’s already earned his first win in a Late Model race at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C., two months ago.
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Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.
Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.
Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.
“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.
“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.
“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.
“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!
“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.
“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”