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Toyota to run Cup races in 2007

Toyota will enter the NASCAR Nextel Cup next season, a move that will "have a significant impact on the sport," one car owner said Friday.

Toyota is expected to announce Monday that it will field cars in the Cup and Busch series in 2007, according to a New York Times report Friday that cited an unidentified source. Toyota, which has competed in NASCAR's truck series since 2004, will reveal more details Tuesday night.

That's when the company is expected to announce that Bill Davis Racing of High Point and Michael Waltrip Racing will field Toyotas in Cup. This week's Autoweek reports Toyota will field Camrys, which are made in the United States.

Speed Channel will broadcast the news conference at 12:15 p.m.

Car owner Cal Wells says Toyota will challenge Cup teams. Wells, who owns the Chevrolets driven by Travis Kvapil, partnered with Toyota for nearly 20 years in off-road and Indy car racing.

Wells says that Toyota has stable senior management, the willingness to learn from past experiences, and a passion for excellence, three qualities that will help lead Toyota to victories.
"I think where you're really see them produce, I mean really be championship contenders, is three years down the road, which is quick," Wells said in a phone interview Friday

Wells said Toyota's biggest impact might be how other manufactures respond.

"The DaimlerChryslers, the Chevrolet GMs and Ford Motor Company will refocus their efforts to ensure that they can continue to find success," Wells said. That could mean more money, more support and more resources for teams.

Toyota should benefit by entering the sport as NASCAR standardizes the cars. NASCAR is expected to debut its new car, dubbed the "car of tomorrow," at short tracks and road courses in 2007. The car is expected to be phased in at superspeedways and intermediate tracks during the next two seasons.

"One of the benefits of that car is that it's a much cheaper car to build for the car owner and it's built with much better chance of each car on the track being competitive," said Gary Nelson, NASCAR vice president of competition. "(Dodge) had an uphill battle to try to make (the Intrepid) perform and make it match its cousin on the street."

Dodge struggled when it re-entered the sport in 2001 and didn't win its first Cup race until the season's 23rd event. Dodge driver Sterling Marlin led the points much of the 2002 season before an injury sidelined him. Dodge hasn't had a driver finish in the top five in points the past four seasons.

Toyota has spent the past two seasons competing in the Craftsman Truck series. Toyota finished third in the manufacturer's standings and won four races. Last year, Toyota finished second to Chevrolet and won nine of 25 truck races, one less than Chevrolet.

Toyota's move to the Cup Series comes after the auto maker announced in December that it would pull out of the Indy Racing League after the 2006 season. Toyota has competed in that open-wheel series since 1994.

Also, Toyota officials were among those present at a NASCAR test earlier this month at Daytona for the new car that debuts in 2007.

Toyota is expected to move up with Bill Davis Racing, the High Point race team that fields Toyota Tundras in the Craftsman Truck series. It races Dodges in the Cup Series. A team spokesperson did not confirm or deny Friday that the organization will field Toyota Cup cars.

Michael Waltrip moved to Bill Davis Racing for this season after five years with Dale Earnhardt Inc. He also owns a Busch Series team. His brother, former champion Darrell Waltrip, owns a Toyota truck team. A spokesperson for Michael Waltrip Racing was unavailable Friday.

While some fans might cite Toyota's entry as a foreign invasion, the Japanese-based company has eight manufacturing plants in the U.S. with two under construction. More than half the Toyotas sold in the United States are built in the U.S. The company employs more than 31,000 people in its U.S. plants.

NASCAR traditionally has limited participation to American-made vehicles. Toyota makes its Tundra trucks at its Indiana and Texas plants and Camrys in its Georgetown, Ky., plant.

Toyota would join American auto brands Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, and the newspaper also reports there has been widespread speculation that Honda will follow Toyota into NASCAR.
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Great news. This will be a big boost to NASCAR. Can't wait for Toyota to win it's first race in FEB 07. Nissan and Honda will soon be truck racing and may also move to cup racing in the future. How great that will be.


Oh yes 06 will be a slow year in NASCAR. 07 will be great(new cars and new manufacurers)
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There is just something unamerican about Toyota joining the nextel cup. Oh well it should be interesting nonetheless.
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There is just something unamerican about Toyota joining the nextel cup. Oh well it should be interesting nonetheless.
Why...The Germans already run in the cup series.
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Here it comes... the Camry Daytona SS
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Well I'm sure they'll pour tons of money into it. Hell they have it and while they haven't won a truck series championship it's not for a lack of money. They have a boatload of former cup drivers and truck series champions driving for them in the truck series.

I do expect them to win the truck series this year since they'll have more money invested than the big 3 combined. With GM and Ford's financial troubles I do expect them to cut back. What surprises me is the amount that Dodge has cut back in the truck series. They dropped sponsorship from Ted Musgrave who won the title last season. Bobby Hamilton is the only Dodge team that has a chance. He's running (currently) 4 trucks this year. Only himself and his son will have a decent chance but it looks like the truck series will be even more overloaded than last year with Toyota's.

Former champions who will drive for Toyota this season are: Ted Musgrave, Jack Sprague and Mike Skinner.

Here's some more info from Jayski's:

Toyota's coming to Nextel Cup

# The 2006 Toyota Lineup::
Bill Davis Racing - 3 teams; drivers #5-Mike Skinner, #23-Johnny Benson and #22-Bill Lester
Darrell Waltrip - 2 teams; drivers, #17-David Reutimann, #12-Joey Miller
Germain Racing - 2 teams: #30-Todd Parrett, #9-Ted Musgrave
Red Horse Racing - 1 team - #38-David Starr
Wyler Racing - 1 team; #60-Jack Sprague

Fiddleback Racing - closed up
Alex Meshkin - BANG Racing - closed up
George deBidart/Innovative Motorsports - suspended operations.(1-10-2006)

# Toyota: Toyota's Dave Illingworth announced that Toyota will run the Toyota Camry model in the Busch and Nextel Cup Series in 2007 and continuing in the Truck Series. The Camry is bulit in Kentucky. Toyota will not have any Toyota branded teams/cars as teams will bring theie owns sponsors to the teams. The 2007 Camry was unveiled. There will a more detailed press conference at Lowe's Motor Speedway Tueday evening [Jan 24th](1-23-2006)

# Toyota's Press Release: NASCAR and Toyota announced Monday the manufacturer’s plans to expand its NASCAR program by competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series starting in 2007, fielding the Toyota Camry model. The expansion will follow three years of Toyota competing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and will result in all three of NASCAR’s national series having four manufacturers competing, as Toyota will join Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford.

“NASCAR welcomes Toyota to the greatest auto racing in the world,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, who made the announcement on Monday at NASCAR’S Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. “Toyota’s entry into the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series is good for drivers, teams and the fans. This move provides for even more intense competition on the track between drivers and manufacturers, which will provide more excitement and fan interest. Toyota’s entry also provides more options for drivers and teams, which will increase the competition between manufacturers.”

“It’s a great pleasure to announce Toyota’s entry into the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series with the Toyota Camry,” said Dave Illingworth, senior vice president and chief planning and administrative officer for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Next year – 2007 – will be a special year for Toyota in more ways than one. Toyota will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the United States, and we will be joining the NASCAR NEXTEL CUP Series, America’s premier racing series. Toyota has been an important part of the U.S. motorsports community for almost 25 years. We’ve competed and won in different series and on tracks across America. Toyota drivers and teams have won championships in a variety of different series. But, if you want to compete against the best, in America that means NASCAR. We look forward to February of 2007 when the green flag waves to start the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup features the Toyota Camry.”

Illingworth, who joined France in making the announcement, said more information – regarding possible sponsor and driver lineups – will be released Tuesday night, during a media gathering at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.
Toyota, which has been doing business in America since 1957, now has eight plants in the United States – 14 if you count all of North America. Toyota will build approximately 1.6 million vehicles this year, including production at its new Tundra pickup plant in Texas. Toyota and its dealers now directly employ approximately 142,000 Americans. Since 1986, Toyota has built more than 12 million vehicles in the United States. More than 6.5 million Camrys have been sold in the United States and it has been the bestselling car in America for eight of the past nine years. Camrys are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky.(Toyota.com)(1-23-2006)

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http://www.jayski.com/teams/toyota.htm

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Camry? I've driven a ladyfriend's Camry... nothin' special.
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the new camry sport is quick...and pretty affordable.

besides, NASCAR got real boring all of a sudden, toyota is a good contender and i wouldn't mind seeing hondas....

NASCAR has no issues with selling out, it only makes sense if they'd have all of the biggest carmakers participate.

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Camry? I've driven a ladyfriend's Camry... nothin' special.
There usually isnt anything special about the cars that these RACE CARS are modelled to look like.
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Jaguar was the first 'Foreign' make to win a Nascar race back in the 50's.
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There usually isnt anything special about the cars that these RACE CARS are modelled to look like.
Tell me about it, I'd love to see a 2 DOOR Intrepid, Charger, Taurus or Fusion. Now they'll run a 2 DOOR Camry. They should have run a Solara since it's at least the 2 door Camry model. At least GM kept the Monte right.
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Should be interesting, all the Nascars are starting to look the same anyway. They are talking about using the same template for all cars in teh next few years. WTF! So having a Toyota or Chrysler emblem may just be for advertising. Who knows. It is turning in to the commercial network on tv anyways.
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Should be interesting, all the Nascars are starting to look the same anyway. They are talking about using the same template for all cars in teh next few years. WTF! So having a Toyota or Chrysler emblem may just be for advertising. Who knows. It is turning in to the commercial network on tv anyways.
"The Car of the Future" is supposedlygoing to have more than just a badge to mark them as Mopars, Phord, and Chubbys.
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"The Car of the Future" is supposedlygoing to have more than just a badge to mark them as Mopars, Phord, and Chubbys.

Thanks,and I hope so, I like the series just not sure as a long time fan I like the direction it is going.
Some do as it is so popular still. TV and being there are so much different. I am glad I have been to a few because you know tv does them no jutice for sound and speed and the whole atmosphere thing.
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