Winningest Tundra Driver to Promote Manufacturers’ Complimentary Maintenance Plan
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2013) – Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Toyota Care - the complimentary maintenance plan provided with the purchase or lease of every new Toyota - will be the primary sponsor on Kyle Busch’s No. 51 Tundra for 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races in 2013, beginning with the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 22.
In just five seasons as a Toyota-powered driver, Busch has registered a remarkable 84 victories for the manufacturer across NASCAR’s top three series, including their first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March of 2008. The Las Vegas native has contributed the most individual wins for Toyota in each of NASCAR’s top three series, registering 20 of their 49 career Sprint Cup Series victories, 40 of their 74 Nationwide Series victories and 24 of their 99 Camping World Truck Series victories.
“Being a part of the Toyota Family -- as both a driver and a team owner -- I can attest to the outstanding service Toyota provides its customers and I look forward to promoting their Toyota Care maintenance plan in the Truck Series this season,” Busch said. “The support that Toyota and Toyota Racing Development provides to its race teams is unparalleled and is one of the main reasons that we’ve been able to collect 18 wins over our first three seasons in the Truck Series.”
“Toyota is proud of the relationship that exists with Kyle Busch Motorsports and we are pleased to continue that relationship into the 2013 season,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Kyle is obviously an incredibly talented driver and it has been exciting to see him also excel as a team owner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. We’re excited about 2013 and having Kyle continue to succeed as both a driver and owner.”
In addition to the season-opening race, Busch is currently scheduled to drive the No. 51 Toyota Care Tundra at Kansas Speedway April 20, Charlotte Motor Speedway May 17, Dover International Speedway May 31, Kentucky Speedway June 27, Michigan International Speedway Aug. 17, Bristol Motor Speedway Aug. 21, Chicagoland Speedway Sep. 13, Texas Motor Speedway Nov. 1 and in the Truck Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 15.
“I’ll be starting the season off with a triple at Daytona, which gives me the opportunity to try and collect three milestone wins for Toyota -- their 100th Truck Series win on Friday night, their 75th Nationwide Series win on Saturday and their 50th Sprint Cup Series win on Sunday,” said Busch, the only driver in NASCAR history to sweep its top three series at a single venue in the same weekend. “I was able to get Toyota’s first Cup Series victory back in 2008 and that was pretty special. Hopefully we can add a few milestone victories for them at Daytona to start the season and many more across all three series in the years to come.”
Busch ranks first all-time among Truck Series drivers with a career driver rating of 119.3 and an average finishing position of 7.4. Additionally, the 27-year-old driver native ranks second in wins (30), fourth in laps led (4,330), tied for sixth in poles (12) and ninth in top five-finishes (62). “Rowdy” has visited victory lane in 28.8% of the NCWTS races he has entered and finished first or second in 48.1%.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers which sold more than 2 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion.
For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.
About Kyle Busch Motorsports
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has quickly established itself as one of the most successful teams in all of NASCAR. Owned by NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch and fueled by his passion for winning, the team captured the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Owner’s Championship in its inaugural season and has collected 18 Truck Series victories over its first three seasons. With a foundation of success entrenched in its Truck Series program, KBM added a NASCAR Nationwide Series program in 2012, registering 1 win, 3 poles and 4 runner-up finishes in its debut campaign. In 2013, the team will field the No. 77 Camry in the Nationwide Series for Parker Kligerman and two Truck Series entries – the No. 18 Tundra for Joey Coulter and the No. 51 Tundra with Busch as the primary pilot.
KBM prepares a fleet of race-winning Toyotas out of its 77,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. Pending LEED certification, the facility’s state-of-the art equipment and innovative green initiatives make it unmatched among its peers. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the latest KBM news online at www.KyleBuschMotorsports.com, by liking the team on Facebook (KBMteam) and by following the team on Twitter (@KBMteam) and Google+ (+KBMteam).