Sonoma Infineon Raceway news 2009-04-22

Toyota Camry Hybrid to Pace Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (April 22, 2009) -- Infineon Raceway will expand its "Go Green" efforts later this year, as a Toyota Camry Hybrid will lead the 43-car starting field to the...

Toyota Camry Hybrid to Pace Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. (April 22, 2009) -- Infineon Raceway will expand its "Go Green" efforts later this year, as a Toyota Camry Hybrid will lead the 43-car starting field to the green flag for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, June 21 (Father's Day).

This marks the first time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history a hybrid vehicle will serve as the "official" pace car for an entire road-course race. Toyota will also utilize the Hybrid Toyota Camry at five other races throughout the 2009 season.

"For anyone who drives the highways of Northern California, it's clear to see that Toyota is the leader in developing and selling hybrid vehicles," said Steve Page, president & general manager of Infineon Raceway. "We will be very proud to see a Camry Hybrid pacing this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350."

The hybrid pace car complements Infineon Raceway's ongoing efforts to be environmentally conscious. The raceway has a comprehensive, year-round recycling program, as well as nearly 3,000 sheep that help mow and maintain the facility's 1,600 acres, among other initiatives.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a 187-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder vehicle that gets an EPA estimated combined average of 33 miles per gallon. Before being approved to serve as the pace car for a Sprint Cup Series race, the Camry Hybrid had to pass a NASCAR-mandated performance test.

"Toyota is the leading seller of hybrids in the U.S. with more than a million on the road, so it's appropriate the Camry Hybrid is the first to pace a NASCAR race from start to finish," said Ed Laukes, corporate motorsports marketing manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "It's a tribute to the torque and other performance characteristics of the Camry Hybrid that allows it to meet NASCAR's requirements for pacing the longest race of the season."

For more information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 or to purchase tickets, call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com.

-credit: ir

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