Toyota on track at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 12, 2003) -- Toyota made its first visit to historic Daytona International Speedway this week for a two-day manufacturer test session for the Toyota Tundra, which will make its racing debut in the inaugural nighttime ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 12, 2003) -- Toyota made its first visit to historic Daytona International Speedway this week for a two-day manufacturer test session for the Toyota Tundra, which will make its racing debut in the inaugural nighttime running Florida Dodge Dealers NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 13.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, test driver Joe Ruttman turned laps around the 2.5-mile tri-oval in a Toyota Tundra truck with times posted in the 49-second range (180-181 mph).

Ruttman, who won the 2001 Florida Dodge Dealers 250 and owns the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 qualifying record (187.583 mph, 2000), has been doing the test driving for Toyota at other facilities and was thrilled to be the first driver to turn laps at the "World Center of Racing" in a Tundra.

"It's really special," Ruttman said. "Right from the start, it's something that they can't ever take away from you . . . getting the opportunity to do the development on the Tundra. It's educational and it's fun for me. I'm geared up every time they say we're going to go somewhere."

A fleet of Toyota Tundras will compete against Chevrolets, Fords and Dodges under the lights on Friday night, Feb. 13 in the fifth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season opener.

Tickets to the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 and other Speedweeks 2004 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1800-PITSHOP.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Joe Ruttman