Toyota Highlights Team USA Partnership in NASCAR
No. 96 Toyota Camry to Field Red, White and Blue Paint Scheme
February 08, 2019
PLANO, Texas (February 8, 2019) - Toyota Racing will celebrate more than just American motorsports at the upcoming NASCAR race weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The Gaunt Brothers Racing No. 96 Toyota Camry will field a paint scheme featuring Toyota’s partnership with Team USA as the team attempts to qualify for the 2019 Daytona 500.
Parker Kligerman will return to the driver’s seat as he is set to pilot the No. 96 Camry. The Gaunt Brothers Racing entry hits the track on Sunday, Feb. 10 for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying followed by the season-opening Daytona 500 event on Sunday, Feb. 17.
“We’re excited to connect with sports fans in the United States and beyond,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, Toyota Olympic and Paralympic Marketing. “The Daytona 500 is one of the most prestigious races in America. It provides us with a global stage to remind people that while we’re all about cars, we’re also out there supporting the teams and athletes that hope to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.”
Toyota’s partnerships with 17 National Governing Bodies (NGBs) will also be highlighted on the decklid of the No. 96 Camry after Toyota recently announced the addition of six summer NGB partners and USA Curling to the Toyota family.
In March of 2015, Toyota became a TOP (The Olympic Partner) of the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee in the newly created mobility category for 2017 through 2024. In addition to its relationship with the IOC and IPC, Toyota is a partner of Team USA; the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association; US Speedskating; U.S. Figure Skating; USA Hockey and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team; USA Curling; USA Skateboarding; USA Surfing; USA Swimming; USA Track & Field; USA Triathlon; the National Wheelchair Basketball Association; U.S. Paralympics Alpine Skiing; U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing; U.S. Paralympics Snowboarding, U.S. Paralympics Swimming, U.S. Paralympics Cycling and U.S. Paralympics Track & Field.
Beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toyota strategically uses it relationships with sports properties and athletes as a way to connect with consumers in the United States. The brand has relationships with more than 40 major sports teams and nearly 30 major sports.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 16 years are still on the road today.
Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.