Along with pulling double duty at Texas Motor Speedway, running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Saturday and making his Sprint Cup Series debut Sunday in the AAA Texas 500, Parker Kligerman has also plunged into the rally racing world to transform the 2013 Camry SE into the "CamRally" for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge.
The Toyota Dream Build Challenge gave five Team Toyota athletes and their big-name partners seven weeks to create the ultimate vehicles of their choice. Teaming up with Detroit Speed, Inc. in Mooresville, N.C., Kligerman and Kyle Busch Motorsports built a real, road-ready rally car including racing seats, turbos, racing windows, a roll cage, powerful brakes and heat protection that add functionality and safety to the car for rough terrain.
“This Camry may look like a work of art, but we put some real muscle and functionality throughout the entire vehicle,” Kligerman said. “In rally racing, we’re not just protecting against a wall, but from trees too. Detroit Speed did an amazing job and after working with them I can see why they are the defending champs. With the help of their many partners, they were able to put all the bells and whistles on this car and they left just enough room in the trunk for us to bring the trophy from the Toyota Dream Build Challenge back to Kyle Busch Motorsports for the second straight year.”
During Kligerman's first full season in the Nationwide Series, he has collected three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes and ranked inside the top 10 in the championship standings for 28 of the 30 weeks. Kligerman's No. 77 Nationwide team heads to Texas this weekend, a track that Kligerman claims as one of his favorites, which is probably because of his success at the 1.5-mile oval in the Camping World Truck Series. In Kligerman's five Camping World Truck Series starts at Texas he has earned two top-five and four top-10 finishes.
Making his Sprint Cup debut at the Lone Star State as well, Kligerman will be driving the Swan Racing No. 30 Toyota.
"It is going to be a really exciting deal being able to realize a dream and make my first start in the Sprint Cup Series," Kligerman said. "It's a culmination of a lot of years of hard work to get to the top of the sport and there are so many people that have supported me along the way. The paint scheme we have on the No. 77 Camry is really cool this weekend -- it's a retro paint scheme that looks like my CamRally for the Toyota Dream Build Challenge -- and it would look even cooler in Victory Lane. We've had fast Camrys recently, so I'm confident that we can have another strong run this weekend and hopefully compete for the win."
After racing in Texas this weekend, Kligerman will head to Las Vegas on Nov. 4 for the SEMA Show where his CamRally will be on display as part of the Toyota Dream Build Challenge and the winner of the competition will be revealed next Tuesday.
The 23-year-old faces some fierce and diverse competitors in the Toyota Dream Build Challenge. The other three contenders are freestyle skier Simon Dumont with partner Oakley who created a 4Runner ready for snowy mountains; BMX rider Drew Bezanson with partner Skullcandy and a music-themed Corolla; and supercross stars Justin Brayton and Josh Grant with partner Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross with the ultimate Tundra for their sport.
Fans can select their favorite cars by voting once a day at www.ToyotaDreamBuild.com until Nov. 4. Rutledge Wood, host of Top Gear and racing personality will announce the winner at the SEMA show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the entire live press conference and watch the winner be announced in real time at www.livestream.com/Toyota.