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  • May 28th 2012 at 12:01PM
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When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda wanted to give his company's 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Camry a shakedown run, Kyle Busch was chosen to ride shotgun. Even though Busch has won 85 races driving Toyotas in three NASCAR series, it was Toyoda who took the driver's seat for a spin around Daytona International Speedway.

The redesigned Camry stocker is expected to be submitted for approval this summer, and you can watch Akio Toyoda put it through its paces in the video below.



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      Quentin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am a really big fan of Akio Toyoda. He seems to really have a true appreciation for cars and motorsports.
      Chris A.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As little as I care for NASCAR, it's nice to see that Toyota's CEO cares about performance. Hopefully the Scion FR-S is just the beginning of Toyota's return to making cars that are actually fun to drive.
      RA
      • 3 Years Ago
      reason why he's THAT CEO. old toyota men are always a plus in my book. Hiromu Naruse RIP.
      Chayil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, he seemed to be well received, at least by all the photo ops that were taken. Pretty cool that the CEO of a company like Toyota is willing to actually drive a car bearing his name on a NASCAR track. I for one am glad that Toyota is in NASCAR. Adds more spice to the racing. Hopefully, Toyota will rediscover itself and begin to put more emphasis on performance and style than they have for the past few years. Once upon a time, Toyota was in IMSA, both with a prototype and a GT car, both run by Dan Gurney. They were in off road racing, have dabbled in F1 and have done Rally Racing. The good news is that Toyota will be challenging Audi this year in the WEC and at LeMans. As for those people yearning for NASCAR to return to its roots, I wish it would be so. As it stands, only Dodge has a true rwd car. All four manufacturers are using 4 door cars as 2 doors. Basically Funny Cars on ovals. What I would like to see happen is to see NASCAR use 4 door production based cars like Australian Super Cars. This would help people identify with the cars more easily and would hearken back to the good old days of Ford Torinos, Dodge Chargers, Plymouth Road Runners and Chevy Chevelles. As it stands, NASCAR wants parity, thus preventing Dodge from using Hemi heads as that would give them a distinct advantage. And, restrictor plates are used at Daytona and Talledega because the speeds get so high there. Using production based cars would drop the speeds, perhaps allowing no restrictor plates. Sadly, cars using V8's will slowly decline as increased emphasis on fuel economy and reduced emissions will all but eliminate them in 10 years or so.
        AP1_S2K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chayil
        thanks for the write-up! Akio Toyota is going to rejuvenate Toyota by bringing back performance, and I also like your idea of having "production based cars" although I have no idea of that every being a feasibility?
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kyle Busch looks like a ridiculous M&M storm trooper in that suit. Then to add to the hilarity, he's grabbing his crotch in the still frame above...
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome, I like Akio, he's a young CEO , but as far as the performance side of the business he gets it.
      AE86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice ! From driving the LFA to driving this. Love this man
      Cruising
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a step in the right direction, even if it's just from a apperance standpoint. NASCAR has not raced real show room cars for several years now but that has not caused the sport to just go away. Having cars being similar specs allows to showcase skills of the driver better. Just look at the race last night. That said I understand the merits of cars with similar specs but I'm also excited about some variations to the bodies.
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is one CEO I admire, too bad he is foreign... Our own Alan Mulally is too elitist to show up at Nascar
      Fatima
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still can't figure out how someone who has such a passion for cars in his position still has no influence on the soul-less road appliances that go out the assembly lines under his name.
        Unni
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fatima
        It fine because 98% of people need soul less appliances for daily use. May be 2% is worried on soul. Its good sense to have 98% addressed first as a business before you enter the 2% business.
          snap_understeer_ftw
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Unni
          very well said
          Prestige
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Unni
          Not even close, maybe 60% of people want a soul less appliance if even that much. If 98% of people wanted a soul less appliance then BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini etc etc, would of went out of business a long long long time ago. The real money is in the +40% who want a real car, not having a car for this group is poor business plain a simple.
          Fatima
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Unni
          Sure, with that mindset humanity will be on track toward a future like that of the Disney movie Wall-E.
          AP1_S2K
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Unni
          thanks Unni...agreed. People always speak only from their point of view with narrow blinders.
          KY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Unni
          @Prestige, he/she is close. Yours is not. Out of the 40% that you claim are "enthusiasm" that wants real car and buy BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Cadillac, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini etc, sorry to burst your bubble but 80% of peoples buy them for the badge. The new GS350 F sport is crowned by half dozen of car reviews as the best driver car in the segment for now but guess what, BMW and Merc outsold it by 10x more. Just ask yourself if you dont believe me, how many of your claimed "real cars" appear on a race track as compared to say, a shopping centre car park.
        Stew
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fatima
        Remember how many enthusiast kept saying "I wish that GM brought their awesome Austrlailan and European cars to the us"? The Pontiac G8 and Saturn Astra sold very well, didn't they?
        Mchicha
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fatima
        He is a businessman foist..
      Stallion
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's wrong on so many levels.
        Unni
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Stallion
        He is a certified driver in Nurburgring. So for sure the cars are going to do better than the bean counters made ones.
      Prestige
      • 3 Years Ago
      NASCAR blows! go back to actual stock cars and lift the ban on hemi engines. If a car doesn't come with a V8 it doesn't belong in NASCAR period. And no restrictor plates, they only way NASCAR could be anymore gay would be if they painted all the cars purple with unicorns farting rainbows.
        montegod7ss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Prestige
        Sooooo, don't watch it.
          Rayvan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @montegod7ss
          Sounds like he needs a new diaper.
        infernalconnect
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Prestige
        NASCAR is a dying breed... new generation of fans are coming up, I'm talking Forza and Gran Turismo. I say we will sae more super V8 race series in the future than turn left turn left NASCAR.
          bacondreamer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @infernalconnect
          .........what the hell does Forza and GT have anything to do with NASCAR?
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