Toyota Teams Prepared for Road America NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for seven wins, 27 top-five results, 57 top-10 finishes and seven poles after 14 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races ... Four Camry drivers...
Toyota Teams Prepared for Road America
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: This year, Toyota drivers have combined for seven wins, 27 top-five results, 57 top-10 finishes and seven poles after 14 of 35 NASCAR Nationwide Series races ... Four Camry drivers are currently in the top-10 in the NNS point standings -- Kyle Busch (second), Jason Leffler (seventh), Joey Logano (eighth) and Steve Wallace (ninth) ... Joe Gibbs Racing developmental drivers Brad Coleman and Matt DiBenedetto will compete at Road America ... Earlier this month, Rusty Wallace Racing participated in a vintage car driving school at Road America ... Toyota has two CART victories at Road America with Bruno Junqueira (2001) and Cristiano da Matta (2002).
BRENDAN GAUGHAN, No. 62 South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota Camry, Rusty Wallace Racing
Do you have any experience at Road America? "We found a guy that has a vintage Winston Cup car, a 2002 Brett Bodine Hooters car. We went up there and they were nice enough to let me, Steve (Wallace) and Rusty (Wallace) all drive it and Butch Leitzinger to help coach us. I have about 200 to 500 laps up there from in the 1990s, I used to race off-road events up there. There used to be a desert course out there. I love the track - - I have some laps there, hopefully that will pay off as an advantage."
JERRY BAXTER, crew chief, No. 99 OUT! Pet Care Toyota Camry, Diamond Waltrip Racing
What have you done to prepare your driver and car for the first road course race of 2010? "This is going to be Trevor Bayne's first Nationwide race on a road course. We've had him in a two-seater Cup car with Michael McDowell at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) testing for a day. We went back there and took the two-seater Cup car along with the car we're going to race at Road America and ran about a half a day in each. We went back again last week and ran only the current car. I think we're as prepared as we can be. You're not going to go out and beat those road course guys, but if you stay on the road all day, you're going to have a good finish. Our big thing is asphalt is good, gravel is bad -- don't get off the track. He'll get faster as the race goes on every lap because he'll get used to it. It's a pretty demanding place."
-source: toyota motorsports