This is the first time the Toyota Camry has competed in NASCAR competition at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dave Blaney finished ninth in his No. 22 Caterpillar Camry after starting 27th. Blaney's 10th-place finish is Toyota's fourth...
This is the first time the Toyota Camry has competed in NASCAR competition at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dave Blaney finished ninth in his No. 22 Caterpillar Camry after starting 27th. Blaney's 10th-place finish is Toyota's fourth top-10 finish in NEXTEL Cup competition.
Brian Vickers crossed the finish line 21st in the No. 83 Red Bull Camry after starting 25th. Terry Labonte finished 30th in the No. 55 NAPA Camry after starting 43rd. David Reutimann finished 38th in his No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry after beginning the race 34th on the grid.
The best start for a Camry in NNCS competition was when Blaney started from the pole at NH (June 30). The best finish by a Camry in the NNCS was when Vickers finished fifth at Lowe's Motor Speedway (May 27). Camrys have led a total of 124 laps in NNCS competition this season. Vickers has led 84 laps and Blaney has led 35 laps. Mayfield (four) and Michael Waltrip (one) have also been in front of the field this year.
DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing Finished: Ninth
How was your day? "This was a really good run for the Caterpillar Camry. We were as good, if not better, than any other cars that I was around out there today. We would just lose some positions on the restarts because for whatever reason we just couldn't get going. But, we were really fast and this was a good top -10. Yesterday, when practice started we were real happy with the car, and I just can't say enough about Tommy Baldwin (crew chief). He has done a great job and we're just getting better every week. The team is doing a great job on pit road and the guys back at the shop are building great cars for us, so everything is just coming together. This was a brand new car today and that run really shows how strong our program is getting."
How hard was it to stay out of trouble with all the accidents? "It was just a normal day at the Brickyard. It's all about momentum here -- you'll get runs on guys and they might slow up and the guys behind them don't slow up as quick. This is always a momentum game, but my car really handled great all day today. We were able to really stay on top of that most of the day."
What does this run say about how your team has been growing? "We've been improving, but we've just had a lot of DNFs and bad luck. Tommy (Baldwin) and the team have been doing a great job. The car had a great body on it and we were fast from the start here. We've been at a lot of the tracks we've got coming up, so I think if we can avoid the bad luck, we'll be okay. As long as we can keep improving and keep our Toyotas improving -- we'll be happy."
How was your race today? "We continue to beat ourselves and that's one thing we have to fix. The car was okay, we were probably a top- 15 car. We weren't great -- we were okay. We think we lost an alternator and that pretty much ruined our day. The battery died because the alternator wasn't working, or we think the alternator wasn't working. It could have been wiring, it could have been a lot of issues, but it was an electrical failure. We had a total overhaul of the car during a pit stop around lap 47. We were just trying to get ahead of the car. We weren't handling nearly the way we needed to be, a nd we were obviously trying to fix the battery."
How was the car handling during the race? "The car didn't have as much power as we would have liked to have had. That's definitely one of the places we need to work on. We are getting beat there. It's hard to keep people from passing you here when the straight- aways are so long, and with the draft they can get up behind you and get around you."
TERRY LABONTE, No. 55 NAPA Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 30th
What happened that took you out of the race? "My engine blew up with about 10 to go. I don't really know what happened. We struggled here all day. We tore up a lot of stuff today and that's kind of unusual to tear up that much. It's unfortunate."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Burger King Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Finished: 38th
What happened that took you out of the race? "Just a motor failure for the second week in a row. I don't know what we have going on there, but it's really disappointing. We don't know why, but they'll go back and take a look at it to try to figure out the problem. First it dropped a cylinder, and then it started blowing oil out of the exhaust. Our car was okay -- we seemed to go from one side to the other on handling, but we were going to be okay. I'm just really disappointed to end the day like this."
-credit: toyota motorsports