NASCAR: Toyota reveals new 2015 Camry for Sprint Cup (PHOTOS)

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Toyota officials are hopeful that the manufacturer’s overall performance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will improve thanks to its new 2015 Camry, which was unveiled today at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The ’15 Camry certainly appears more aggressively styled than this year’s version, but time will tell if the car can help Toyota catch up to rivals Chevrolet and Ford.

The manufacturer has only been to Victory Lane twice this season with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Busch at Fontana, Hamlin at Talladega).

During the press conference, Andy Graves, vice president of chassis development for TRD (Toyota Racing Development), said the biggest challenge of creating the new machine was taking into account feedback from the Toyota driver stable.

“That’s the way the car handles in traffic, the transient conditions, the transient aspects of the vehicle on the track – and [then] try to understand how to measure and do a better job of refining that,” said Graves.

Graves also maintained that the wind tunnel numbers for the 2015 Camry remain the same.

“It’s the things that can’t be measured in the wind tunnel – that’s where we worked,” he added. “We’ve had a rough year in 2014, and we feel like this car is gonna put us back on track in 2015.”

Per Graves, design for the 2015 Camry first started in April of 2013 and the car’s first wind tunnel test took place in January of this year. He also confirmed that the car will receive a proper track test before the start of Daytona Speedweeks next February.

Here’s a few more pictures of the 2015 Camry for Sprint Cup, as well as a look at the 2015 Camry for the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.