DARRELL WALTRIP MOTORSPORTS TO FIELD THIRD TOYOTA TUNDRA AT MICHIGAN CONCORD, N.C. (June 9, 2005) -- Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and Toyotaannounced today that Ken Schrader will pilot the No. 11 Federated Auto Parts Toyota Tundra in the ...
DARRELL WALTRIP MOTORSPORTS TO FIELD THIRD TOYOTA TUNDRA AT MICHIGAN
CONCORD, N.C. (June 9, 2005) -- Darrell Waltrip Motorsports and Toyotaannounced today that Ken Schrader will pilot the No. 11 Federated Auto Parts Toyota Tundra in the upcoming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) race at Michigan International Speedway.
"After a successful second half to the 2004 season, we've had a rather slow start this year," said Pat Wall, NCTS Program Manager at TRD. "We've asked Darrell Waltrip Motorsports to help us evaluate the overallTundra package in order to enable us to continue to be successful."
Overall, Toyota Tundras have recorded four wins, seven pole positions, 31 top-five and 68 top-10 finishes since the beginning of the 2004 season.
"Toyota was very successful during their first year of NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition," said Darrell Waltrip. "We welcome the opportunity to field a third truck for Toyota. I know that Bobby Kennedy and our group will do everything possible to make this a successful endeavor. Having a third truck at Michigan will not only be valuable to TRD, but it will be beneficial to both of our teams throughout the rest of the season. We're looking forward to Michigan."
Live race coverage of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 18th begins at 3:15 EDT on SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.
ABOUT DARRELL WALTRIP MOTORSPORTS:
After Darrell Waltrip competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, his vision to become a NASCAR owner came to fruition in 1996 and 1997 when Waltrip-owned truck teams participated in the series. In 1997, the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports No. 17 entry finished second in the points standings with three wins, four pole awards, 15 top-fives and 17 top-10s. Reopening an operation in Concord, N.C., Darrell Waltrip Motorsports returned to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series arena in 2004 with driver David Reutimann and the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra team. At the beginning of the 2005 season, Robert Huffman and his No. 12 Toyota Tundra team was added to the organization's roster.
ABOUT TOYOTA IN AMERICA:
Powering all of Toyota's American racing programs is TRD in Costa Mesa, Calif., and High Point, N.C. A subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., TRD serves as the North American racing arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's factory racing engines. Toyota has eight manufacturing plants in the United States, with two more currently under construction in Texas and Tennessee. With a strong manufacturing presence in the country, it's no surprise that more than half the Toyota vehicles sold in the United States are built here -- using many American-sourced parts. Toyota's overall commitment translates into manufacturing plants, sales and marketing operations, and research and design facilities throughout the United States, where Toyota directly employs more than 31,000. Since 1986, the company has built more than 11 million cars and trucks in the U.S. As one of the world's leading automakers, Toyota offers a full range of models from mini-vehicles to sedans to large trucks. For more information on Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., please visit www.toyota.com.