Wallace slated to drive No. 12 Toyota Tundra at IRP

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Darrell Waltrip Motorsports announced today Mike Wallace will drive the No. 12 Toyota Tundra NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry at Indianapolis Raceway Park Friday night.

"I appreciate the opportunity to drive for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports," said Wallace. "It's kind of a historic weekend for me. I'm also driving for Rusty Wallace in his RWI car on Saturday night. I'm driving for two past NASCAR champions at IRP. I've got a full weekend with the truck race Friday night, the Busch race Saturday night and then the Brickyard on Sunday. Hopefully, we'll have success in all three. I'm excited to work with Bobby Kennedy and the whole 12 crew at IRP. I've won a Busch race at IRP before and had success there in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck. I'm looking forward to driving the 12 truck and I hope to be in Victory Lane."

"Right now, we've got Mike going in the truck at IRP," said Waltrip. "He's run really well there in the past and I think he'll do a fine job. We really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Robert, who was Toyota's first NASCAR champion. He did a great job for us and a tremendous job for Toyota. We wish him continued success in his endeavors."

Robert Huffman, who won Toyota's first-ever NASCAR championship in the Goody's Dash Series, recorded eight top-10 finishes while driving the No. 12 Toyota Tundra.

"Robert has played a key role in Toyota's move into the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," said Pat Wall, vice president and manager of Toyota's NASCAR Craftsman truck program. "He recorded Toyota's first-ever NASCAR win and championship in a Toyota Celica when he won a Goody's Dash Series race in 2001 and the title championship in 2003. Robert has been a great ambassador for Toyota and is an important part of our racing heritage. He will be considered a part of the Toyota motorsports family forever."

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Indianapolis Raceway Park is scheduled for Friday, August 5th at 8:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage by SPEED Channel. MRN Radio will broadcast the event.

After Darrell Waltrip competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1995, his vision to become a NASCAR owner came to fruition in 1996 and 1997 when Waltrip-owned truck teams participated in the series. In 1997, the Darrell Waltrip Motorsports No. 17 entry finished second in the points standings with three wins, four pole awards, 15 top-fives and 17 top-10s. Reopening an operation in Concord, N.C., Darrell Waltrip Motorsports returned to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series arena in 2004 with driver David Reutimann and the No. 17 NTN Bearings Toyota Tundra team. At the beginning of the 2005 season, the No. 12 Toyota Tundra was added to the organization's roster.

Powering all of Toyota's American racing programs is TRD in Costa Mesa, Calif., and High Point, N.C. A subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., TRD serves as the North American racing arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's factory racing engines. Toyota has eight manufacturing plants in the United States, with two more currently under construction in Texas and Tennessee. With a strong manufacturing presence in the country, it's no surprise that more than half the Toyota vehicles sold in the United States are built here -- using many American-sourced parts. Toyota's overall commitment translates into manufacturing plants, sales and marketing operations, and research and design facilities throughout the United States, where Toyota directly employs more than 31,000. Since 1986, the company has built more than 11 million cars and trucks in the U.S. As one of the world's leading automakers, Toyota offers a full range of models from mini-vehicles to sedans to large trucks. For more information on Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., please visit www.toyota.com.

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