The world of NASCAR as we know it was changed when Toyota entered the ranks of racing in 2007 with the Toyota Camry. This got the blood boiling for many fans who took it as a personal affront that a foreign car manufacturer was allowed to race with their beloved Fords, Dodges, and Chevys. The most common argument made was that NASCAR rules state that vehicles competing on the racing circuit must be based on American vehicles. I think we can clear this little misunderstanding up right away.
The Toyota Camry, the nameplate on the 2007 race car, is manufactured in Georgetown, Kentucky. This same Camry has been the best-selling car in the United Stated for years and Toyota employs some 152,000 American workers. It is obvious that Toyota can now be considered as much an American manufacturer as GM and Ford, who still build a significant number of their vehicles in Mexico and Canada.
Plus, Toyota developed their race cars for NASCAR in North Carolina. These facts make Toyota more than qualified to race according to the NASCAR rulebook. And race they have. [keep reading]
Last week, David Caraviello @dcaraviello argued in an article published on NASCAR that Joe Gibbs Racing was the “biggest off season winner” going into 2013. Caraviello points out JGR’s Sprint Cup drivers makes them heavy favorites to win the Chase next year.
Joe Gibbs Racing stable of drivers for 2013 include Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and the newly-signed Matt Kenseth to replace Joey Logano. While Joe Gibbs has a history of success winning championships, one with Bobby Labonte in 2000 and two more with Tony Stewart in 2002 and 2005, these drivers have long since moved on and JGR’s current drivers only boast two championship wins with other race teams. Kyle Busch hasn’t won a championship since 2004 and Matt Kenseth hasn’t won since 2003. [keep reading]
This week’s new car is the 2011 Toyota Camry base model. The Camry is a well-known player in the midsize family sedan market. It offers a smooth ride and good fuel-efficiency, but leaves some things to be desired. A manual transmission is standard in the base model, meaning you have to pay extra for automatic. Also standard is a 2.5L 4-Cyl engine that doesn’t impress most drivers. Additionally, the car is without a sunroof, leather interior, and navigation sytem. The Camry is a nice car, and absolutely acceptable as a family sedan, but by taking advantage of the Mojo price, we bet you can get a lot more for your money. First, let’s take a look at the Camry and its specs:
2011 Toyota Camry (Base)
Engine: 2.5L 4-Cyl
Power: 169hp and 167tq
Interior Space: 116.4 cu. ft.
So $22k gets you a solid, but not spectacular midsize sedan. However, now more than ever, Americans are choosing to support American auto companies instead of buying imported vehicles. If this is the way you shop, you’re in luck! We believe that for the same price as this Japanese entry-level sedan, you can ride in American luxury! Let’s see what we can find on Mojo…