CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2014) — No longer just a so-called “sure bet,” it was a sleeker, slicker, more aggressive-looking 2015 Toyota Camry NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car unveiled by Toyota Motor Sales and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) at Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 11.
The new Camry is, according to a NASCAR Wire Service story, “the product of a redesign project with two primary goals: provide the vehicle with a more distinctive identity; and correlate the appearance of the car to the 2015 street version that was introduced early this year.”
TRD president and general manager Dave Wilson said that “a lot of hard work has gone into redesigning the 2015 Camry race car for NASCAR competition.
“It was a challenging process balancing performance and design, but working closely with Calty Design [part of Toyota's global network design team], NASCAR and our race team partners, we were able to develop a race car that looks similar to its production counterpart — and provide a performance upgrade on the racetrack.”
The front fascia and grille opening of the new Camry mirror the aggressive design of the production car, which NASCAR said is “perhaps the most obvious aspect of the new design.”
Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, said he was pleased with what he saw at the unveiling of the new race car in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center in Concord.
“There's a reason the Camry's always been the No.1-selling car,” Mr. Bowyer said. “It is the sure bet, and it's neat to see some styling enhancements make it a little more aggressive, just a little bit more sexy car than that sure bet.
“Everybody wants a sure bet, but every now and then you'd like a good-looking date, too. Certainly, we've accomplished that with the Camry, and I'm pretty excited about it.”
Mr. Bowyer and other Toyota drivers will have a chance to get some track time in the new race car this year before NASCAR's testing ban goes into effect Jan. 1.
With NASCAR's new lower-downforce, lower horsepower competition package set to debut in 2015, Mr. Bowyer said he feels the timing of the new Camry couldn't be better. “I think it's a perfect time to have a new car, to be honest with you,” he told the NASCAR Wire Service. “It's a whole new rules package with a lot of unknowns anyway.
“So what you had last year per se isn't going to be the same recipe for success next year with all the different rules. You're pretty much starting from scratch anyway. So it's a perfect time to start from scratch with even yet another car all linked together.”
This NASCAR Wire Service report appeared on the website of Autoweek magazine, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.