2011 SEMA Show: 2012 Toyota Camry Pace Car

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 1, 2011

The all-new 2012 Toyota Camry Pace Car will be on display at the 2011 SEMA Show Toyota exhibit. On February 26, this vehicle is expected to lead the field for the beginning of the 54th running of the Daytona 500. This marks the first time that the pace car for the “Great American Race” is not from any of Detroit’s big automakers (GM, Ford or Chrysler nameplate).

There will be a press conference at the SEMA Show in the Toyota exhibit on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time where David Reutimann, Camry Sprint Cup Driver for Michael Waltrip Racing, will be around for a chat about the Camry Pace Car.

The Camry Pace Car is based on the all-new 2012 Camry SE and is now powered by a strong 268hp V6 under the hood. It comes with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymetric tires covered with BBS RS 8.5 x 19 wheels, TRD custom stainless steel exhaust, a StopTech Big Brake Kit, and Tein adjustable suspension.

For added safety, it comes with a roll cage, four-point Simpson racing seat belts, Whelen LFL Liberty LED lightbar, and an on-board fire extinguisher. Camry has been the No.1-selling car in America for 13 of the last 14 years and for nine straight years. The all-new Camry’s design is bold and sophisticated. Its interior is more spacious.

It has better driving dynamics and its ride is quieter than ever. Toyota guarantees that this new model is at the top of its class when it comes to safety, fuel economy and multi-media technology. In the past, Toyota has provided the pace vehicles at several NASCAR tracks, such as Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, California’s Infineon Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Wisconsin’s Road America and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

2012 Toyota Camry delivers an elegant, simple and modern approach in its design. In fact, the new Camry’s wider and lower stance sets it apart from the sedan’s former lineups.

Toyota’s “architectural statement” is seen throughout Camry’s rocker panel mouldings, curved door cross-sections and perfectly drawn outlines. Both the XLE and LE models have chrome accents to add more intensity to the gorgeous shapes that surround it.

The new headlights now come with a more distinct shape and curves that merge along the Camry’s bumper cover. The standard fog lights are available on the SE and XLE variants while the taillights at the trunk panel are extending on both sides.

Toyota offers the additional chrome trim for the exterior (for XLE and LE models). The SE variant’s lower body and mesh upper grille are equipped with fog lights and black sport trim bezels on the headlights. The spoilers enhance the Camry SE’s wider width since it has another one underneath. The rocker panel mouldings also the does the same when it comes to emphasizing the width.

All-new Camry will come out in four different colours. There are two new colours (for the US market), namely the Attitude Black (metallic) and the Clearwater Blue. The first one is a combination of bright blue with black to give the usual jet black a new twist. The Clearwater uses silver with blue for a shimmering wetlook appearance.

Even though the latest model features the same external measurement as the former Camry’s we’ve seen in the past, the 2012 Camry’s interior is still more spacious than ever. The new generation Toyota Camry has a redesigned dashboard and repositioned seats to add more space. The leaner doors, pillars and headliners also provide the same space-saving advantage especially in improving the driver’s comfort by 33% as well as by providing greater outward visibility for superior safety.

Press Release

Toyota Camry Daytona 500 Pace Car

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced the all-new 2012 Toyota Camry will serve as the official pace car for next year's DAYTONA 500®.

Toyota will showcase the new Camry -- the best-selling car in America for nine years running -- at Daytona in 'The Great American Race,' Feb. 26, 2012. The race annually kicks-off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

"We're thrilled to be able to feature the new Camry in Daytona at the season's biggest race," said Ed Laukes, TMS corporate manager of motorsports marketing. "We think the DAYTONA 500 is the perfect place to showcase the all-new Toyota Camry -- which will go on sale this fall. We knew when the opportunity arose to partner together with Daytona that it would be an extraordinary way to highlight our new Camry, as well as reinforce Toyota's commitment to NASCAR and its fans."

Toyota Camry went on sale in 1983 and since then more than nine million have been sold in the U.S. Camry has been the best selling car in America for 13 of the past 14 years.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Camry production in Georgetown, Ky. Toyota began manufacturing the Camry in Georgetown in 1986 and the vehicle is now also built in Lafayette, Ind.

The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before. The new model features class leading safety, fuel economy and multi-media technology.

"NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway provide a uniquely American platform for manufacturers to display their technology, innovation and overall automotive excellence," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "After nearly eight years of competing at NASCAR's highest level, I'm pleased to have the 2012 Toyota Camry pace the DAYTONA 500."

Toyota has previously provided pace vehicles at several NASCAR tracks, including Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway®, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, California's Infineon Raceway, Kansas Speedway®, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway®, Nashville Superspeedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway®, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway®, Wisconsin's Road America and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International®.

In 2004, Toyota began participating in NASCAR competition by fielding Tundras in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). Three years later in 2007, Toyota began competing in the NSCS and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) with the Camry.

Toyota has won three consecutive manufacturer's titles in the NNS (2008-2010) with the Camry, and Toyota racers have earned one driver's title (Kyle Busch in 2009) and registered 60 race victories in the NNS. In NSCS competition, Camry drivers have earned 36 first-place trophies.

In seven seasons participating in the NCWTS, Toyota has captured five consecutive manufacturer's championships (2006-2010), and Tundra drivers have won driver's titles with Todd Bodine (2006 and 2010) and Johnny Benson (2008), and have earned 88 race wins.

At Daytona International Speedway, Toyota drivers have recorded eight NASCAR wins across NASCAR's three national touring series, including one NSCS win (Kyle Busch in 2008), two NNS wins (Denny Hamlin in 2008 and Tony Stewart in 2008) and five NCWTS wins. In 2008, Hamlin claimed Toyota's first-ever NSCS victory in a non-points qualifying event to determine the Daytona 500 starting lineup.

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