Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/1/14
Mooresville, N.C. – Todd Bodine will head to the 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 16, with a new paint scheme covering his No. 11 Toyota Tundra. The two-time champion will continue his long-standing relationship with Toyota by representing the Tundra Endeavour Project, an event that showcased the power of the 2012 Tundra Crewmax pickup when it towed the space shuttle “Endeavour”. The Tundra towed the 292,000-pound shuttle and its custom tow dolly across a Los Angeles freeway bridge en route to the California Science Center, where it was placed on permanent display on October 13, 2012.   The Toyota Tundra full-size truck helped tow the space shuttle Endeavor during its final journey during which the shuttle traveled 12 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on city streets. As a proud member of the Southern California community and supporter of the Science Center since 1992, Toyota escorted the Endeavour to its new home as a tribute to the greatness of the American space program and the hard-working Americans who build the Tundra. Built only in the United States at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas in San Antonio, the production process of the Tundra creates over 6,000 American jobs. Bodine’s Toyota Tundra will have a unique paint scheme designed by Toyota, dedicated to the Tundra Endeavour Project and featuring graphics of the Endeavour. “Toyota was very proud to help the Endeavour make history on October 13th, 2012. Since Todd had been aboard the Endeavour in 1995, this was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about this historical moment with the NASCAR fans,” said Les Unger, Toyota National Motorsports Manager. Bodine is currently the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving a Tundra in the series since 2004. He’s scored 22 wins and two championships while driving for the manufacturer, and also has special ties to the Endeavour himself. Taking a tour of the space shuttle and sitting in the captain’s seat in 1995, Bodine is no stranger to the details and importance of the project. “Toyota has stood behind me for such a long time and it’s an amazing manufacturer to drive for,” Bodine explained. “I’ve been fortunate to drive fast Tundras for the past nine years and win two championships with them, and I’m proud to be a Toyota driver. When I visited the Endeavour in 1995, I was given the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the shuttle, which is a very special and extremely rare privilege. So when we were approached with the chance to represent this project at Red Horse Racing, we gladly accepted the opportunity. “It’s really amazing that a stock Toyota Tundra was able to tow the Endeavour; it just shows how tough these trucks are. As the full-sized pickup truck with the highest North American parts content, I think the Tundra was a clear choice to pull this American icon to its final home.”
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

More key evidence thrown out in Aaron Hernandez trial

Reports: Bruins 'front runners' to host 2016 NHL Winter Classic

Carmelo: Waiving no-trade clause would make me weak

Report: Patriots doctor altered report to recoup player's bonus

Josh Gordon maintains effort no matter the quarterback

Darren Sharper indicted on rape charges

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tom Brady: LeBron could play forever if he trained like me

Kentucky's Alex Poythress has torn ACL

Man charged with stealing $1.5 million in LeBron Nike sneakers

Reports: Wisconsin set to make Paul Chryst its next coach

Ray Allen drawing free agent interest from Warriors

Report: Cardinals fear Drew Stanton is out for season

Sugar Bowl ticket prices up 213% since OSU’s last appearance

Winners and losers of 2014 MLB Winter Meetings

The Knicks show why not rebuilding is even more painful

Tim Tebow to make broadcast booth debut at Peach Bowl

Bruce Arians had an awesome postgame conference

Urban Meyer's wife has hair catch on fire blowing out candles

Game of the week: 49ers vs. Seahawks

What if Namath chose the NFL?

Olivia Munn reveals details of sex life with Aaron Rodgers

Kobe is about to pass Jordan in points scored

Is a six-team College Football Playoff the perfect solution?

Five most surprising players in the NBA this season

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Winners and losers of the Winter Meetings

Key evidence tossed in Hernandez trial

Game of the week: 49ers vs. Seahawks

Olivia Munn talks sex life, Rodgers

Sharper indicted on rape charges

Man steals $1.5M in LeBron sneakers?

10 MLB Winter Meetings takeaways

The best sports media feuds of 2014

Jeter advises on how to avoid bad press

Video surfaces of Kobe's practice tirade

Tigers GM: Team not pursuing Scherzer

Dodgers rework the script, reload the clip

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.