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Toyota remains committed to NASCAR despite announcement of withdrawal from F1

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Paul Buckland - Unregistered

November 10, 2009 7:32 AM

Never did quite understand why the likes of Toyota got involved in F1 to start with, it has nothing to do with a big car manufacturer's product base, only benefits them in terms of publicity value, and then only when doing well. Even if NASCAR isn't all that much of a natural home for Toyota it is nearer to it's everyday products than F1. When the big manufacturers want to get back into motorsport, it will be in series such as this and world touring cars, perhaps even sports cars, but not as an offical team in any form of Formula racing, or only as a production based engine supplier, if that. The smell of burnt fingers will live long in the memories of board rooms all across the industry.


November 10, 2009 8:43 AM

I agree, but I hope that it will be in touring and GT cars instead of stock cars.

If NASCAR can advance their cars from overhead valve to overhead cam, showcase more advanced transmissions than a 4-speed manual, introduce rack and pinion steering, and introduce fuel injection it could be a series that attracts more manufacturers to showcase current and future technologies. That way it will have publicity and development value.


November 10, 2009 7:31 PM

Hendrick's is currently working on fuel injection as we speak. The Nascar heads are also working on Mideastern races. Nascar is slowly sucking in F1 viewers. Toyota has also broached entering IRL in 2012. F1 with all the constant rule changes and favors does not appeal to the Japanese.


November 11, 2009 1:13 AM


I read in an interview with Robin Pemberton in AutoWeek that even though fuel injection's being developed, it may not be utilized on Sprint Cup cars for years to come and that the Nationwide cars may get it first but that's iffy as NASCAR has yet to decide whether it wants to introduce it or not.

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