Toyota Unveils 2013 Camry, Announces Extensions with Three Teams

Greg AtkinsContributor IMay 22, 2012

Image Source: Toyota Racing
Image Source: Toyota Racing

Toyota Racing Development president Lee White and Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch unveiled the 2013 Toyota Camry race car. Toyota has fielded Camrys since joining the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007.

Kyle Busch is the perfect choice to unveil the new model because he has amassed 85 wins in NASCAR's top three divisions while driving a Toyota.

Kyle is quoted by as saying:

Toyota and I have done a lot of stuff together...I've done a lot of commercials for them. I've even gotten to show off my singing for them, which they optimize every chance they get. So to be able to come here and drive the car and be the one who got to unveil the 2013 Toyota Camry first was really neat.

I think it's a cool-looking race car, and I can't wait to get out and drive it in an actual race.

The 2013 Camry will make its on-track debut during Speedweeks at Daytona next February.

Toyota is the third manufacturer to reveal the new model that will be raced next season (Chevrolet is the only manufacturer that has yet to unveil their 2013 model). Each manufacturer expressed to NASCAR their desire to have their race cars more closely resemble their street-legal counterparts.

In the same ceremony, Toyota announced multi-year extensions with Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing on Tuesday.

Amid speculation that Dodge would attempt to lure Joe Gibbs Racing away from Toyota, White assured that:

All [three teams] have agreements with Toyota and TRD that extend beyond two more years...Rest assured, we enjoy our partners, we value our partners, and we expect to be competing with our partners on this dance floor for a long time.

This move not only provides stability for Toyota, but it also provides stability to the three Cup Series teams. Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing have made great strides and are exponentially more competitive this season than they were last season.

In what has become an era of uncertainty in NASCAR, security is everything. These three teams will have that security with Toyota for years to come.