first_img“I think this finish means a lot for Toyota,” he said. “To be a new team in such a competitive series and come in our first race and get a top 10, I’m so proud of everyone. I think everyone is stoked about the situation.” With the remaining three Toyotas in Sunday’s race placing 32nd, 33rd and 39th, Vickers’ validation seemed that much more important. Gilliland 25th: After an impressive Daytona 500 showing last week, former Chino Hills resident David Gilliand was a virtual non-factor, falling a lap behind the leaders early and never recovering on the way to 25th place. The driver of the M&Ms Ford ran in the middle virtually the entire race after starting 40th. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After a forgettable Daytona 500 last week in Toyota’s NASCAR debut, Vickers provided some much-needed credibility for the automaker, driving his Red Bull Toyota to 10thplace Sunday. Vickers didn’t even qualify at Daytona while the four Toyota’s that did finished 22nd, 30th, 34th and 40th. center_img FONTANA – Brian Vickers finished nine places short of his goal in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in Fontana. But he admittedly wanted to jump up and down. last_img read more