Toyota Motorsports tidbits 2010-07-20

INDIANA BOUND: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) heads to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday's Brickyard 400 following the second-to-last off-weekend of the season. Toyota drivers posted a pair of top-10 finishes at the 2.5- mile...

INDIANA BOUND: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) heads to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday's Brickyard 400 following the second-to-last off-weekend of the season. Toyota drivers posted a pair of top-10 finishes at the 2.5- mile speedway in 2009 -- Brian Vickers (fifth) and David Reutimann (eighth). Denny Hamlin has the best finish of any Toyota driver at Indy, recording a third-place result in 2008. Since joining the series in 2007, Toyota has won races at 18 of 22 Sprint Cup Series venues. Will this be the year a Camry driver takes home a first-place trophy from the Brickyard?

BACK AT BRICKYARD: Jacques Villeneuve, who won the 1995 Indianapolis 500, will attempt to make his first Brickyard 400 start in Braun Racing's No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry. The 1997 Formula 1 world champion, who also finished second in the Indy 500 in 1994, has made five career NASCAR starts (two in the NSCS). Villeneuve drove for the Braun team earlier this year in the Nationwide Series event at Wisconsin's Road America, where he started second and led three laps. His most recent NSCS start came at Phoenix in November 2007. Current Camry drivers Robby Gordon (Indy car), Max Papis (Indy car) and Scott Speed (Formula One) also have non-stock-car experience at the ‘Brickyard.'

WEEKEND WRAP: Four Camry drivers earned top-10 finishes in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis -- Reed Sorenson (second), Trevor Bayne (third), Steve Wallace (fifth) and Brian Scott (sixth). It was Bayne's best-career NNS finish, the best result of the season for Wallace and equaled Sorenson's best effort of 2010 (also finished second at Nashville in April). Five Tundras also scored top-10 finishes in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at the 1.25-mile Illinois oval -- Todd Bodine (fourth), Timothy Peters (sixth), Aric Almirola (eighth), Brian Ickler (ninth) and Mike Skinner (10th). Three Toyota drivers recorded top -10 finishes in Sunday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) race at Portland International Raceway -- Eric Holmes (second), Paulie Harraka (third) and Tom Klauer (10th).

UNDER THE LIGHTS: The Nationwide Series and Truck Series will compete in a pair of night races at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) near Indianapolis this weekend. Toyota owns two NNS victories at the .686-mile short track -- including the manufacturer's first-ever series win by Jason Leffler in 2007, which came in Toyota's 22nd NNS race. Camry driver Kyle Busch dominated the event at ORP in 2008, leading 197 (of 200) laps en route to victory lane.

SHORT TRACK SIZZLE: Johnny Benson recorded Toyota's only Truck Series victory at ORP during his championship season in 2008, when he led 43 laps en route to the win. Near the halfway point of the 2010 campaign, Tundra drivers occupy the top-two spots in the NCWTS championship point standings, with Bodine holding a 101-point advantage over Almirola heading into Friday's 200- lap event. Bodine will throw out the first pitch at Wednesday's Indianapolis Indians minor league game at 1:00 PM.

-source: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Jason Leffler , Mike Skinner , Jacques Villeneuve , Robby Gordon , Max Papis , Johnny Benson , Paulie Harraka , Trevor Bayne , Scott Speed , David Reutimann , Brian Vickers , Eric Holmes , Denny Hamlin , Reed Sorenson , Timothy Peters , Aric Almirola , Brian Scott , Brian Ickler , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch