Preseason Thunder: Toyota day 2 notes

Toyota Tundras continue Daytona testing while looking towards inaugural race. DAYTONA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2004) - The seven full-time Toyota pilots continued to pile up laps and knowledge of their brand-new Tundras as NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...

Toyota Tundras continue Daytona testing while looking towards inaugural race.

DAYTONA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2004) - The seven full-time Toyota pilots continued to pile up laps and knowledge of their brand-new Tundras as NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series open testing continued at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the season-opening race on Friday, Feb. 13. The series' first-ever champion, 1995 Craftsman Truck Series winner Mike Skinner, was the fastest Tundra racer of the day with a lap of 177.497 mph.

"We've definitely made some gains today," said Skinner, driver of the No. 42 Toyota Tundra for Bang Racing. "I have a lot of confidence in this team and this program. As long as we have a little patience, we'll have the performance be where we want it to be."

Skinner was the quickest Toyota in both sessions on Sunday, with Bill Lester of Bill Davis Racing (BDR) right behind him at 177.434 mph. The rest of the Toyota Tundra delegation included David Reutimann of Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, 2003 Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil of Bang Racing, Shelby Howard of BDR, and Innovative Motorsports teammates Robert Huffman and Hank Parker Jr.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series open testing at Daytona concludes on Monday, Jan. 12. The season-opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Daytona will be run under the lights for the first time. Live coverage of the Feb. 13 event will be broadcast on the SPEED Channel.

"QUOTES"

MIKE SKINNER - No. 42 Toyota Tundra - Bang! Racing
"The Bang Racing team came into this weekend with a good plan. We made some gains on the track and with the truck. Overall, it's been a pretty good test, and I think it will help be better when we come back to Daytona."

TRAVIS KVAPIL - No. 24 Toyota Tundra - Bang! Racing
"It's hard to know how different this year's Daytona race will be under the lights. I really haven't noticed any difference at any other race track, but it will be the first time here. There are some race tracks, even here at Daytona or at Las Vegas, where the shadows come down at certain times of day and chew you up a little bit. But I think at night it will be a little easier since the lighting will be the same throughout the track."

BILL LESTER - No. 22 Toyota Tundra - Bill Davis Racing
"We're going faster than yesterday, and everything we're doing is putting us in the right direction. The team is really working well together. We're using our heads to do new things improve. For the first time in my career, I'm having the pleasure of driving a brand new truck. It's working really well and doing what I ask it to do."

SHELBY HOWARD - No. 23 Toyota Tundra - Bill Davis Racing
"We picked up about two tenths of a second over yesterday. It would have been great to make up a little more, but we'll take it. Getting the truck built and put together is the hardest part, and we're getting the speed slowly but surely."

ROBERT HUFFMAN - No. 12 Toyota Tundra - Innovative Motorsports, Inc.
"We're a little faster than we were yesterday, which is good in that we're heading in the right direction. It's a similar process to when I was working with Toyota for the first time in 2001 on the Goody's Dash Celica. It takes time to work though things on a new race car. Its all part of making it better over time."

HANK PARKER, JR. - No. 21 Toyota Tundra - Innovative Motorsports, Inc.
"The team and I are just going through out list of possible changes and improvements. Some are positive, some negative, and some just come out in the wash; they're about the same. The guys are working really hard. They're a good team."

DAVID REUTIMANN - No. 17 Toyota Tundra - Darrell Waltrip Motorsports
"We made some progress today. We tried different stuff, and the truck drove great today. We need to pick up some speed in a few areas, but that's all you can do to get ready for the first race. We're all working as a new team together, but it's going really great so far."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Darrell Waltrip , Hank Parker Jr. , Shelby Howard , David Reutimann , Robert Huffman , Travis Kvapil
Teams Bill Davis Racing