- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - A hybrid vehicle will be the official pace car for the first time in NASCAR during next month’s Coca-Cola 600.

The Camry lent by Toyota had pass a NASCAR performance test. The hybrid must reach speeds close to 100 mph by the time it reaches the second turn of Lowe’s Motor Speedway from a standby position near the exit of pit road.

The Camry was built at Toyota’s facility in Georgetown, Ky. NASCAR star Denny Hamlin was to introduce the car during a test drive Tuesday at Lowe’s.

NASCAR used a Ford Fusion Hybrid at the start of last November’s season-finale at Homestead, but it was replaced by a traditional pace car for the rest of the race.

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