Michael McDowell, Driver No. 34 Ford Mustang
Michael McDowell has been racing ever since he could hold a wheel and reach a pedal. The 38-year-old winning driver began competing in BMX events at 3-years-old. Falling in love with speed and competition, McDowell moved into the competitive world of karting and traveled across the country- winning 18 consecutive feature races, a World Karting Association championship, and back-to-back International Kart Federation championships. His foundation built; McDowell took his next step in his young career.
He continued the path of open wheel racing and won the 2002 Formula Renault championship and the 2004 Star Mazda championship- a feeder series to IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500.
McDowell next turned to sports car racing, competing in 29 races in the Grand-Am Rolex Series over four seasons (2004-2007), earning a win, a pole, and finishing as high as fourth in the championship standings. McDowell also competed in two CART Series events before turning his attention to the world of stock cars.
Making the transition look easy, McDowell took the ARCA Series by storm winning four times and finishing second in the championship in 2007. He was quickly one of the top prospects in the sport and moved into the NASCAR Xfinity Series where he captured his first NASCAR win and finished 13th in the championship. The results catapulted him to the NASCAR Cup Series with Michael Waltrip Racing.
In 2018, McDowell was tapped to race for Front Row Motorsports (FRM) where he has enjoyed the most success in his career. It’s been highlighted by winning the 2021 Daytona 500, 24 top-10 and six top-five finishes for the organization.
In 2023, McDowell was paired up with crew chief Travis Peterson. The duo clicked and found success early in the season. At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, McDowell and Peterson made FRM history with a dominating win at the historic track, securing a spot in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the No. 34 team. McDowell finished the season 15th in points, an all time high for FRM, with one win, two top-five’s and eight top-10 finishes. McDowell looks to carry this momentum into the 2024 season.
Todd Gilliland, Driver No. 38 Ford Mustang
Todd Gilliland, the third-generation racer, is simply rewriting the NASCAR history books. At the age of 15, two days after his birthday, Gilliland climbed behind the wheel of an ARCA Series machine in Toledo, Ohio and won. He became the youngest winner in the storied series history and hasn’t lifted since.
Like his grandfather (Butch) and father (David) before him, Gilliland began his professional career in 2016 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. Over two seasons in the series, Gilliland dominated tracks of the west coast. In 29 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series West starts, Gilliland visited Victory Lane 13 times on his way to back-to-back championships. More impressive, Gilliland also raced the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2017 and collected another four wins and was the runner-up in the championship.
With his skills honed, Gilliland moved to the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series in 2018. He ran 19 of 23 races and earned four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Gilliland collected his first Truck Series victory in 2019 at the Martinsville Speedway.
Joining Front Row Motorsports (FRM) for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Gilliland continued his career in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series. He achieved 14 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes with one win at the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas in 2021. Gilliland finished seventh in the championship standing that same season.
In 2022, Gilliland was called up to the NASCAR Cup Series driving the No. 38 Ford Mustang. He led 11 laps, captured one top-five and two top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign. Gilliland also ran one truck race on the dirt at Knoxville Raceway where he earned the win.
In 2023, Gilliland entered his sophomore season under the direction of first year crew chief Ryan Bergenty. Gilliland and Bergenty found success early in the season, leading laps at the Daytona Duels. Gilliland brought FRM their first top-10 finish of the 2023 season with a 10th place finish at the Circuit of the Americas. This finish sparked a string of top-10 and top-15 finishes. Gilliland ended the season with four top-10 and 11 top-15 finishes.