Clint Bowyer drove a Camry off Toyota’s production line at Georgetown, Ky. in February — now he’d like to drive a Camry into victory lane at nearby Kentucky Speedway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver will pilot the No. 15 30thCamry Anniversary Toyota Camry in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. The best-selling passenger cars are built in Georgetown, Ky. about 45 miles from the track. Carrying the Toyota banner is important to Bowyer who opened his own dealership in Emporia, Kansas in April.
BOWYER ON DRIVING A CAMRY OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE: “It was really cool to be able to drive a Camry off the line. Somebody does that every 55 seconds and that is mind-boggling. Not only that, those are already bought cars. Those are pre-ordered cars that are already spoken for. That is what’s insane, every 55 seconds somebody is signing their name to a brand new Camry somewhere in the United States and it all happens right there in that plant. Honestly, mind-boggling to see how extravagant the whole process is.”
ON TOYOTA TEAM MEMBERS WORKING ON THE PRODUCTION LINE: “We love them. That was an eye-opener for all of us. Of course, we’re proud of our brand, but being able to see what all goes into one of those Camrys being built makes us even prouder.”
ON KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY: “I haven’t had the best luck so far in Kentucky, and I’m hoping to see that change this weekend. It’s a challenging track as far as a mile-and-a-half goes because the racing surface is so unique. The track has a rough surface, but still has quite a bit of grip. We see more tire fall off there, so guys really have to work on their cars throughout the race and tire management will be huge. It also tends to be very hot and the track temperatures make a big difference.”