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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-01-2002, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Toyota in NASCAR for 2004?

Toyota and NASCAR..in 2004? Toyota officials are working hard to put together a full NASCAR package for the 2004 season and are trying to sign a top-name team to be the company's flagship operation. Among the teams being linked by unofficial reports to Toyota are Dale Earnhardt Inc., Bill Davis Racing and Penske South. Penske is the most logical pick, since Roger Penske is one of the country's largest Toyota dealers, but Penske is widely expected to announce a switch from Ford to Dodge within the next few weeks. Toyota executives have been talking with NASCAR officials about getting into this sport, and NASCAR officials have said that they would like to see a factory Toyota Truck running next February at Daytona. That time frame, however, may be too short. It took Dodge more than a year to set up its Winston Cup program after spending five years learning the NASCAR ropes on the Truck tour. So most people in the Winston Cup garage are expecting to see a Toyota Truck at Daytona in the spring of 2004. The big question is, will Toyota also have a Winston Cup program in place by then, and with whom? Toyota is expected to sidestep the BGN [as Dodge did] until it establishes itself in the other two series. Mike Brown, general manager for Bill Davis, says reports that the team is looking at a Toyota Truck program are considerably overblown, that the High Point team is simply providing some guidance for another unnamed operation. Toyota will have to create a 350 V-8 engine to NASCAR specs.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-30-2002
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they may be in the truck series in 2004 but it will take a lot longer to get to Winston cup.
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fuck toyota they can burn in hell!!
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Penske won't go Toyota, he's going to Dodge and they're expected to make the announcement at Sunday's race.

He's had an exceptional past with Chrysler and owns a bunch of Mopar dealerships. I don't think he'll spend all that money just to switch in 2 years.

Toyota will try the trucks, and I wouldn't be too surprised in a year or two that they'll be the primary sponsor of the truck series.

Instead of Craftsman truck series, it'll be the Toyota truck series.

Some Nascar insiders say that's why they've lost some of the push for the truck series; even though attendence is up (make it seem like Toyota is the 'good guy' in keeping the series alive).

The truck series attendence has increased every year. But this year, not so much press, even Winston Cup Scene has reduced its' coverage.

I hope I'm wrong but it looks like it could happen.

I don't know how Nascar fans will feel about Toyota getting in.
It may hure them in the long run. Only time will tell.
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