In 2003 Toyota announced that it was going to join the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the 2004 season.
Then just three years later Toyota announced that they were moving up to NEXTEL Cup and Busch series competition for the 2007 season.
Toyota NASCAR Teams
Currently there are three NEXTEL Cup teams that are fielding the Toyota Camry. Those three teams include a total of seven drivers.
Bill Davis Racing fields two NEXTEL Cup drivers.
- Jeremy Mayfield - Jeremy Mayfield drives the Bill Davis Racing #36 Toyota Camry.
- Dave Blaney - Dave Blaney drives the Bill Davis Racing #22 Toyota Camry.
Michael Waltrip Racing fields three NEXTEL Cup drivers.
- Michael Waltrip - Michael Waltrip is the owner of Michael Waltrip Racing and the driver of his own #55 Toyota Camry.
- Dale Jarrett - Dale Jarrett drives the Michael Waltrip Racing #44 Toyota Camry.
- David Reutimann - David Reutimann drives the Michael Waltrip Racing #00 Toyota Camry.
Team Red Bull fields two NEXTEL Cup drivers.
- Brian Vickers - Brian Vickers drives the Team Red Bull #83 Toyota Camry.
- A.J. Allmendinger - A.J. Allmendinger drives the Team Red Bull #84 Toyota Camry.
Toyota Got Off To A Slow Start In NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Racing
Michael Waltrip was one of the most high-profile drivers moving to the Toyota stable in 2007. His outgoing personality and media savvy made him the go-to guy for Toyota. However his 2007 got off to a terrible start.
- Michael Waltrip Receives Record Penalty In Daytona - Michael got off to a bad start when his team was caught cheating in Daytona and was fined, docked points and had some team members suspended.
- Michael Waltrip Failed To Qualify - For the next several weeks after Daytona Michael failed to qualify for any races at all.
- Michael Rolls His Personal Toyota and Is Charged By Police - Then trouble caught up with Michael off the track as he rolled his Toyota Landcruiser late one Saturday night. He then left the scene of the accident and was not able to be located until the next day. Michael was charged with reckless driving and failing to report an accident.
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