Parker Kligerman Celebrates 40 Years of TRD at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 25, 2019) – Looking to build on his strong showings in superspeedway races, Parker Kligerman will honor four decades of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) on the Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR) No. 96 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota Camry this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
“We’re proud to honor TRD’s American racing heritage as the organization continues to help build some of the best Toyota engines across all of motorsports,” said Kligerman. “This paint scheme honors so many great victories over the years. TRD and Toyota have been involved in all types of racing – from dirt tracks, to the drag strip and pavement ovals – and we can’t wait to see TRD-powered Toyotas in victory lane for years to come.”
Kligerman came home with a respectable 15th-place finish at the Daytona 500, his last superspeedway race, and looks to improve the result at Talladega.
“It’s a race of attrition, and these super speedways even the playing field,” said Kligerman. “If we can avoid the big crashes, drive a smart race and just be around at the end, our chances are just as good as anyone’s.”
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since TRD first started in American motorsports,” said David Wilson, president of TRD. “We’ve had a rich history in motorsports with over 1,300 TRD-powered victories across 35 series and we look forward to many more.”
Team owner Marty Gaunt’s relationship with TRD dates back to 2004.
“It’s such an honor to highlight TRD’s 40th anniversary on our Camry,” said Gaunt. “TRD is a leader in technology and innovation – not just in NASCAR but in many different forms of racing. No matter what team, driver or manufacturer you root for, TRD has helped make the racing product better.”
The GEICO 500 at Talladega Speedway (2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, April 28 on FOX) will be the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race GBR has competed in since the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 31st.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius hybrid and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve built more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold nearly 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.
About Gaunt Brothers Racing
Gaunt Brothers Racing, owned by industry veteran Marty Gaunt, operates out of Mooresville, N.C. The Toyota team competes in select Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events. GBR previously fielded teams in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Pinty’s Series, for drivers Alex Bowman, Jason Bowles and John Gaunt, recording a victory in the 2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown and a track-record qualifying time on the Toronto street course.