Four Toyota Camrys will take the green flag in the 49th Daytona 500 Sunday: David Reutimann (00), Dave Blaney (22), Dale Jarrett (44) and Michael Waltrip (55). Reutimann finished 28th in the second duel, but as a result of Boris Said's finish in...
Four Toyota Camrys will take the green flag in the 49th Daytona 500 Sunday: David Reutimann (00), Dave Blaney (22), Dale Jarrett (44) and Michael Waltrip (55). Reutimann finished 28th in the second duel, but as a result of Boris Said's finish in the first duel, Reutimann made the race based on his speed in last Sunday's qualifying session. Michael Waltrip Racing will field all three of its Camrys in the Daytona 500, as Jarrett made the race using the past champion's provisional.
After his start in the Busch Series Orbitz 300 on Saturday and the Daytona 500 Sunday, Reutimann will become the first driver to compete in a Toyota in all three of NASCAR's national series.
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Domino's Pizza Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
On his car falling out of the Gatorade Duel: "I think something electrical, it started missing and we switched boxes and it got a little better for awhile. It went back to missing and fluttering and doing some other things. It was just electrical, nothing at all wrong motor-wise. We'll pull all the wiring out and all the boxes out and get ready for practice and the big 500."
On making his first Daytona 500: "It is pretty phenomenal. Especially since I've been dreaming about this my whole life. Just down the road here, an hour and forty-five minute drive, I grew up and we'd come up and watch these great races. Now, to be able to come out and be in the 500 for Domino's and Michael Waltrip Racing - that was our goal coming down here. There's a lot of good teams down here and this is a difficult race to make and I'm just blessed that we are in it."
On being the only driver to make Toyota's first start in the NCTS, and now the NBS and NNCS: "That's pretty cool, that means a lot! Toyota has been awfully good to me, they really have. Everyone at TRD, everybody from up at the top to the guys that tune the motors to the engineers, everybody is great to work with. I'm happy to represent them and I'm happy that they have given me the chance to represent them, they have put some faith in me. Coming into this, they didn't know anything about me and I didn't know anything about them. I think we know a lot more about each other and it's a pretty good fit."
On Team Red Bull not making the Daytona 500: "Obviously it's disappointing. We came down here and we did our best, but something happened that was out of our control when we blew the right-rear tire. We'll have to go get them at California."
On having to race your way into the Daytona 500: "It's definitely frustrating, but there is really no other way to go about it. I don't really think there's any rule changes to make it better. Seventy cars just can't start the race."
On finding things during this race to benefit the team in California: "We definitely found some stuff and we ran well in the race. We'll just have to take what we learned and move on."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 23 Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing
On his duel: "Maybe some wires came off or we broke something in the motor or the plugs, or something. I just have to say, we have the best engine people on the planet working on this Camry. TRD has done a phenomenal job, I think our little truck over here is pretty good and the Camry is going to be an awesome race car. I think we were going to be okay. I was just buying my time, trying to stay out of trouble and trying to keep all the fenders all on until it got 10 to go, but we didn't get that opportunity today."
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