At the 2011 SEMA Show, Toyota unveiled a history-making variant of the 2012 Camry SE. Packing a 268-horsepower V6 engine under the hood, the 2012 Camry Daytona 500 Pace Car is currently set to be the first-ever non-American-made vehicle to maintain order on the track at the "Great American Race."
Why Toyota and the Camry? Aside from the Japanese automaker's unmatched success in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Spring Cup Series, and NASCAR Nationwide Series, the Camry has actually been featured as the official pace car at several races already. Tracks that have featured the Camry as a pace car include the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Dover International Speedway, California's Infineon Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Wisconsin's Road America, and Watkins Glen International.
Besides, doesn't it make sense to have the best the best-selling car in America for 13 out of the last 14 years running the race? That kind of sales force proves that drivers in the greater Cleveland area and beyond hold the mid-size sedan in high regard, making it a clear choice for the job.
Of course, Toyota also knows that the barebones Camry isn't quite fully equipped for the job either, which is why they fitted it with RS 8.5 x 19 wheels and Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymetric tires, Simpson racing seat belts, a roll cage, Whelen LFL Liberty LED lightbar, and an easily accessible fire extinguisher in case things get really ugly.
Motorcars Toyota, located in Cleveland, OH, is looking forward to watching the Camry pace car at the 54th annual Daytona 500, and invites you to get in on the action by test driving the 2012 Toyota Camry today. But, please make sure to leave the breakneck speeds to the professional drivers.