The manufacturer’s TD2 program has produced several noteworthy graduates, including NASCAR Cup driver Christopher Bell, who has advanced to the Championship 4 the past, two seasons, and Xfinity driver John Hunter Nemechek, who will join Bell in Cup and compete with Legacy Motor Club.
“The TD2 program is something that we take much pride in at TRD,” said Trent Rodriguez, Manager, Driver Development, TRD. “Providing opportunities for young drivers to reach their goals in motorsports will always be something that TRD celebrates.
“Our lineup for this season is incredibly diverse and filled with exceptionally talented drivers. With this group, we look forward to earning countless race wins and championships across multiple racing series this year.”
Through its TD2 program, TRD to provides additional opportunities on-and-off the track to encourage and support the participants’ personal development. TD2 drivers, along with drivers who compete for Toyota-supported race teams, also have access to the celebrated Toyota Performance Center (TPC), which provides support with physical fitness, sports psychology, recovery and nutrition.
This season’s driver lineup, across three motorsports disciplines, includes Jade Avedisian, Brent Crews, John Geesbreght, Tyler Gonzalez, Taylor Gray, Corey Heim, Buddy Kofoid, Isabella Robusto, Gio Ruggiero, William Sawalich, Chandler Smith, Ryan Timms and Westin Workman.
Smith, 21, returns to the TD2 program after running for Kaulig Racing in Xfinity full-time last year, along with making three Cup starts in 2023. For 2024, Smith will compete full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 81 Toyota in Xfinity.
Heim, 21, returns to full-time Trucks this year with Tricon Garage. In his first full Truck season, Heim won the regular season title, advanced to the Championship 4, and earned a series-leading 19 top-10 finishes in 22 starts. He will also run some Xfinity races with Sam Hunt Racing.
Corey Heim, TRICON Garage, Safelite Toyota Tundra
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Gray, 18, will also return to Tricon Garage for his first full Truck season. He missed the first three races of the 2023 season due to NASCAR’s age restrictions. Gray will also make his Xfinity debut for JGR this year.
Sawalich, 17, won the ARCA East championship last season after winning half the races and finished inside the top-five in every event. Sawalich will look to defend his title…