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Kyle Benjamin / No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry Preview


Apr 25, 2017
Kyle Benjamin/No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry News and Notes
 
IN THE SPOTLIGHT:  Kyle Benjamin will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) debut behind the wheel of the No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry in the ToyotaCare 250 this Saturday.  This will be a huge weekend for the 19-year-old Easley, SC native.  Benjamin has run at Richmond once in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2015 and posted a solid top-10 with a ninth place finish. This will be the first time Benjamin has teamed up with crew chief Chris Gabehart and the No. 20 Team is coming off back-to-back wins.
 
SPONSOR: Toyota will be the entitlement partner for the upcoming XFINITY Series race for the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway.  JGR reveals that ToyotaCare will also serve as Benjamin’s primary sponsor on their No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend.  “Peace of Mind Everywhere You Go”
 
TO THE POINT:  Benjamin has 32 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and has accumulated five wins, 14 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes.  He also has an impressive record in the ARCA Racing Series with 20 starts, two wins and two poles.
 
BENJAMIN’S FUTURE RACES WITH JGR:  He will be running the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Pocono Raceway on June 10, and will pilot the No. 18 Toyota Camry on July 29 at Iowa Speedway and again on September 23 at Kentucky Speedway.
 
JGR AT RICHMOND: JGR has 84 XFINITY Series starts at RIR and has earned seven wins, 22 top-five and 41 top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization has an average start of 12.8 and an average finish of 15.0. 
 
RACE INFO: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway (.75-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 29. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
 
From the Cockpit: 
 
Kyle Benjamin: "I can’t think of or ask for a better opportunity than to make my NASCAR XFINITY Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing.  I’m excited and I am looking forward to representing ToyotaCare by driving the No. 20 JGR Toyota Camry at Richmond International Raceway this Saturday.  I do have some experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to draw from for my XFINITY Series 7debut at Richmond and I feel confident that I can be competitive right out of the gate.  I think Richmond is a track that suits my driving style well and I really tend to like worn out tracks that you have to roll around the corner and pick up the gas late. That’s one of the key things that fits my driving style.  I have had lots of success at places like Richmond, so I look to continue that success and have lots of fun at Richmond.”   
 
From the Pit Box: 
 
Chris Gabehart: “Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, and specifically the 20 NXS team, is looking forward to starting Kyle Benjamin’s XFINITY Series career off at Richmond this weekend. As a group we have gotten to know Kyle pretty well over the past few weeks as he has been around the shop quite a bit and shadowed our race team this past weekend at Bristol. He seems very hungry, eager to learn, and willing to do whatever we ask of him to ensure that he is as prepared as he can be this weekend. It is clear that Kyle has talent when looking at his resume. We all look forward to guiding him through this weekend in the No. 20 ToyotaCare Camry and hopefully come away from Richmond with a lead lap finish. If we can do that, we know we will be knocking on the door of a top 10 which would be a tremendous debut for Kyle.”
 
About Toyota: Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands.  Over the past 60 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  
 
Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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