Toyota notes 2009-05-19

Missing Out on One Million Camry Hybrid to Pace 600 Waltrip Celebrates 25th All in the Family MISSING THE MILLION: The three Toyota Camry drivers competing in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) finished in the...

Missing Out on One Million
Camry Hybrid to Pace 600
Waltrip Celebrates 25th
All in the Family

MISSING THE MILLION: The three Toyota Camry drivers competing in Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) finished in the top-10, but all three missed out on the $1 million first-place prize. Denny Hamlin finished fourth, while his Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) teammates, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Busch won the 20-lap second segment, and paced the field three times for 33 laps in the 100-lap event. Logano was selected to participate in his first career All-Star event by the fans.

GOING GREEN: When a Toyota Camry Hybrid leads the 43-car starting field to the green flag for the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, it will mark the first time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) history a hybrid vehicle will serve as the 'official' pace car for an entire race. The Camry Hybrid will make its pace car debut on Sunday, May 24. Built at the Toyota manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Ky., the Camry Hybrid is a 187-horsepower, 2.4-liter four- cylinder vehicle that gets an EPA estimated combined average of 33 miles per gallon.

CAREER HITS QUARTER-CENTURY: Michael Waltrip is currently in his 25th season as an NSCS driver, and Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at LMS will mark 24 years since he first climbed behind the wheel of a Cup car. In May 1985, the Owensboro, Ky.-native finished 28th in his first NSCS race. Since then, Waltrip has earned four wins -- including two Daytona 500 victories -- 39 top-fives and 127 top-10 finishes in 735 career starts. In addition to competing in more than 200,000 laps on the track during his Cup career, Waltrip currently owns Michael Waltrip Racing, a multi-car NSCS operation.

BUSCH WAS BEST: A year ago, Kyle Busch swept both Nationwide Series races at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway -- earning the spring win in a Braun Racing Camry and the fall win for JGR. Busch led the most laps in both events -- 83 of 202 laps in May and 133 of 200 laps in October -- en route to two of his 10 NNS wins in 2008.

RACING BLOODLINE: Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation's executive vice president, will participate in the 37th 24-hour Nurburgring endurance racing event, May 21-24. The 52-year-old senior executive will handle the steering wheel of a Lexus LF-A now under development along with three professional racers. Toyoda, grandson of company founder Kiichiro Toyoda, is known as a great car enthusiast and has taken part in car racing events both at home and abroad. He is scheduled to assume the role of TMC President in late June.

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Denny Hamlin , Joey Logano , Akio Toyoda , Kyle Busch
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing