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Toyota scores a coup by arranging for the 2012 Toyota Camry to be chosen as pace car for the Indianapolis 500. Rather than be limited to a mere ceremonial role by driving the Camry on a few warmup laps, Toyota president Akio Toyoda decides to enter the actual race instead. On qualifying day, he gets bumped by Danica Patrick driving a Honda Fit.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 29 2011: 5:20 AM ET
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