NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota combined for one top-five and two top-10 finishes in the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race of 2010 with Michael Waltrip Racing drivers David Reutimann (fifth) and Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) ... The best result...
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota combined for one top-five and two top-10 finishes in the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race of 2010 with Michael Waltrip Racing drivers David Reutimann (fifth) and Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) ... The best result for a Camry driver in Fontana, Calif., has been a pair of third-place finishes by Kyle Busch (Feb. 2009) and Denny Hamlin (Aug. 2008) ... Toyota drivers swept the Cup poles at Fontana in 2009 with Brian Vickers (Feb.) and Hamlin (Oct.) ... David Reutimann will be making his 100th career NSCS start in a Camry this weekend at California ... Camry driver Robby Gordon is originally from Orange, Calif.
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What does it take to run well and win at California? "A very versatile race car is needed for California. A lot of races at California, you're chasing Jimmie (Johnson). He's three lanes up on the race track -- I know which line he runs -- but it's just so hard to match that because they've got a magic setup. If we could figure it out, it would definitely help us because this is a Chase race track and we know this is a race that he's going to perform well at when it comes Chase time. It's our job to try a lot of different things this spring race to help us set up for a good fall race. California is a track where all of it comes together -- you have to have the big motor, the horsepower, the aero and all that because this track is so big. Every little advantage that you get shows up big time on this type of race track. We've always been a top-five car here, but we've never had a race-winning car and that's something that we have to figure out because we were a second- to third-place car here in the fall, but that's not good enough to win. If we want to beat Jimmie (Johnson) for a championship, this is one of the race tracks where we're going to have to do that."
Why is this race at California important? "All of our hard work over the off-season is going to show up right here in California. This is the first real race track that we go to where the setups are going to matter, the driving and all that is a lot different. This is our first real race of 2010 that's not a superspeedway. It's a big one for us because it kind of gives everyone a gauge of if we were heading in the right direction during the off-season or not."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How beneficial was the off-season tire test you completed in California? "I'm excited to come back out to California. We did the tire test out here for Goodyear (in December) and got some good seat time on the track. We learned a lot with the race car and about the new tire. I think that's going to help us a lot. It'll probably be warmer than it was when we tested, so it'll be a lot different than what we had then. Getting laps around there will give us some options when we get there."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
What did you think of the multiple green-white-checkered attempts at Daytona? "Those restarts were just killing us toward the end and we couldn't do anything right, and I couldn't get in the right line and things kept getting messed up. Thankfully, we got the Aaron's Dream Machine where it needed to be when it counted and it ended up working out pretty well and I had a good run coming to the start-finish. Top-five is a good way to start the season out."
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
How have you adjusted to your new team? "Pat (Tryson, crew chief) does a great job and I've enjoyed working with him so far. Through all the off-season testing and talking about race cars and all the things that we've done -- we've really clicked and hit it off. He's got a great personality and he's easy to get along with. I can pretty much get along with anybody. He brings a lot to the table with his experience and his success."
-source: toyota motorsports