Indianapolis: Toyota Motorsports preview

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 20 top-five results, 41 top-10 finishes and four poles after 19 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the...

NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for eight wins, 20 top-five results, 41 top-10 finishes and four poles after 19 of 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races ... Five Camry drivers are currently in the top-20 in the NSCS point standings -- Denny Hamlin (fourth), Kyle Busch (sixth), David Reutimann (15th), Joey Logano (19th) and Martin Truex Jr. (20th) ... Reutimann is just 96 points from 12th-place and a spot in the Chase championship playoff ... Jacques Villeneuve can become only the second driver (joining Juan Pablo Montoya) to compete in all three major car races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) -- NASCAR, Indy car and Formula 1 -- if he qualifies for Sunday's Brickyard 400 ... Toyota won the Indy 500 with driver Gil de Ferran in 2003.

DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

What does it take to be fast at the Brickyard? "It's a tough place to get around with really long straightaways and sweeping corners. You have to have a really good car, which you have to have everywhere you go, but you have to have the horsepower as well. The main thing is it's a flat race track and it's so fast, you just have to concentrate on making your car turn, but it's also hard to make your car turn without making it too free. That's a bit of a struggle sometimes when you're at Indy. It keeps you on your toes for sure."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Where does Indy rank on the list of prestigious wins in the Sprint Cup Series? "It's number two. It's right there. Daytona is one, Indy is two -- they're both pretty close to each other. Indy is an important race track for a lot of people. The history and of that place, it's all been Indy cars, but still one of the first big superspeedways in America back in the early 1900s."

DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Indianapolis? "Tradition. Every time I go (to Indy), there's so much tradition at that race track. I love going there. I love racing where you have fans on either side of the speedway and the straightaways are so long there, you have time to look all around and see what's going on. We've been fast, but not successful at that race track. Every time we finish, we finish really well. I'm looking forward to it this year. I think we're going to go there with a new car and hopefully have something for those guys."

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing