ISABELLA ROBUSTO | 55
Hometown – Fort Mill, South Carolina
Birthdate – November 4, 2004
Siblings – Twin brother William Robusto
Hobbies – Winning, collecting sneakers, wakeboarding, snowboarding, juggling balls and juggling life
Isabella Robusto joined the Toyota Racing Development Program in 2022 where she will run a full-time Late Model schedule with Lee Faulk Racing. Mobil 1 is Robusto’s primary sponsor. Before joining TRD, Isabella was the youngest driver ever to be selected as part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program at the age of 12. Robusto was with the program for 5 consecutive years; making her the longest running driver in the program. She began as a Youth Driver in the Development Program with Rev Racing in a Legend Car before working her way into a full-time Late Model ride with Rev for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Robusto first sat in a go-kart at the age of five on an asphalt track in Kershaw, South Carolina along with her twin brother William. After a year of seat time, she began racing the kart in club races at Carolina Motorsports Park. As Robusto gained experience she began racing go-karts at other local tracks and eventually in numerous national touring series’ like USPKS, WKA, Florida Winter Tour and the F-Series.
At the age of eight, and while still racing go-karts, she climbed into a Bandolero and began racing at Concord Motor Speedway and competed in her first of many Summer Shootout’s at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a Beginner Bandit. Within a year Robusto moved up to the Bandit division and raced the Winter Nationals in Orlando Florida. The following summer, she added Thursday Thunder in Atlanta to her hectic schedule of Charlotte Summer Shootout and kart racing across the East coast. She moved into her Legend Car for the start of Summer Shootout 2016. With other INEX sanctioned races in Charlotte, Atlanta and Virginia, her points scored her the 2016 South Carolina Young Lions Championship. Robusto continued to find success in her Legend Car, moving through the ranks. In her last year of the Legend Car, she ranked 2nd in national points in the semi-pro division; only 9 points shy of the national championship. The following year, Robusto moved into a full size Late Model with Rev running a limited season but earning 6 top 5s and 14 top 10s in the 2020 NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Touring Series. In her 2021 season, Robusto scored a pole position, earned 5 top 5s and 8 top 10s. In 2022, Isabella joined Toyota Racing as a Toyota Development Driver where she competed in 37 Late Model Stock events with Lee Faulk Racing scoring 2 wins, 3 poles, 10 top 3's and 30 top 10's. Robusto wrapped up the year finishing 2nd overall in Championship points for Hickory Motor Speedway and 3rd in Championship points at Tri-County Speedway, And she earned a podium finish at the SC 400 at Florence Motor Speedway; coming from 30th to 3rd, and was honored as the first female to ever podium in the events 30 year history.
Isabella is very active volunteering with the NASCAR Foundation participating in outreach for their annual Speedy Bear Brigade, participating in Fun Fest and Speediatrics Events and even repelled down the NASCAR Headquarters building in Daytona to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. Robusto was also named the 2018 and the 2020 Young Racer of the Year at the annual NASCAR Diversity Awards.
Isabella graduated with honors from Fort Mill High School in August 2022; a year ahead of schedule. She is a multi-sport athlete and participated on her school’s track and field teams as well as on the basketball and football teams. She represented Fort Mill High School in the high jump and 4x4 events for the 2020 South Carolina State Championship. Isabella has also joined the Team Roster for Juniors Ages 17-18 of TeamTwenty24, a professional pro cycling team responsible in developing many of the most successful American female cyclists to date – www.teamtwenty24.com
2022 - Late Model Stock - 37 races, 2 wins, 3 poles, 10 top 3’s, 21 top 5’s and 30 top 10’s
- Hickory Motor Speedway – 2nd in overall Championship Points
- Tri-County Motor Speedway – 3rd in overall Championship points
- First female to podium finish in the 30 year history of the SC-400 (30th to 3rd)
2021 - Late model finishes - 1 Pole, 5 top 5's, 8 top 10's
2020 - Late model finishes - 6 top 5's, 14 top 10's
2018 and 2020 Young Racer of the Year at the annual NASCAR Diversity Awards
Finished 2nd in points in the 2019 Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Semi-Pro division
2019 - U.S. Legends State Champion for Semi-Pro Division for South Carolina
Won the U.S. Legends 2018 National Qualifier at Texas Motor Speedway (First Female to ever win the Battle at the Big Top)
2018 - U.S. Legends State Champion for Semi- Pro Division for South Carolina
2017 - Finished second in overall points for Go-Pro Karting Challenge in a Junior Kart
2016 - Won the U.S. Legends World Finals Road Course at Dominion Motor Speedway
- U.S. Legends State Champion for Young Lions for South Carolina
- Finished third overall at the Bandolero Winter Nationals in Florida
- Finished third overall at the IAME USPKS Nationals at Go-Pro Motorsports