Toyota teams struggle in NASCAR debut

Lee White , senior vice president of Toyota Racing Development, joked before Daytona 500 qualifying that winning NASCAR's marquee event in the company's Nextel Cup debut next Sunday would be his worst nightmare ... Full Story
Who cares

United States

#21 Feb 12, 2007
Todd wrote:
Nascar fans are in-bred trailer trash. The unions killed the 'big 3' U.S.A. automobile companies. btw I sell hondas for a living and make a lot of $ doing it. Have a nice day!
Yeah just goes to show you another american sell out.......
Who cares

United States

#22 Feb 12, 2007
Todd wrote:
Nascar fans are in-bred trailer trash. The unions killed the 'big 3' U.S.A. automobile companies. btw I sell hondas for a living and make a lot of $ doing it. Have a nice day!
Yeah and I really bet you make a lot of money doing it... Hell car salesman your Mom and Dad must be so proud....
Jeff MCLEAN

Tecumseh, Canada

#23 Feb 12, 2007
I lived in Europe for 3 years sure missed my Nascar.The only thing i could watch was F1.I don't thing i ever read anything bad about U S A or Japannies auto makers in F1.Nascar should be about the best team and drivers and cars.Sure Toyota will be at the back for a while. But wait till they sign a big driver like Tony/Jr.etc thats when they will win the big one
B_rad

Indianapolis, IN

#24 Feb 12, 2007
No offense to anyone but this is strait from wikipedia
Toyota's first foray into automobile manufacturing in the United States was NUMMI, a joint venture with General Motors based on the latter's production facility in California, which started in 1984 and has been manufacturing Toyota models and their versions branded as Geo, Chevrolet and Pontiac. Toyota went on to establish a number of wholly owned plants in states such as Kentucky, Indiana, California, West Virginia and Alabama, as well as in Canada. It does not, however, operate a plant in Mexico. Most of Toyota vehicles sold in the United States comes from American plants, as well as some Lexus-branded models, but all Scions are imported from Japan.
Also, The Camry has been the best selling car in the United States for nine of the last 10 years starting in 1997. Sounds pretty american to me. I agree with kevin "sandbaggin" no need to blow everyone away in qualifing.
joe carr

Oceanside, CA

#25 Feb 12, 2007
whos engine is toyota using?....i want to know.....the truth please
William Robert

Indianapolis, IN

#26 Feb 12, 2007
Toyota is more American than any of the other Big 3 these days in terms of manufacturing.
HQ is in northern Kentucky, plants all over the midwest.
Finz

United States

#28 Feb 12, 2007
joe carr wrote:
whos engine is toyota using?....i want to know.....the truth please
Its a Toyota engine. Toyota builds all the engines for every Toyota Team.

The basics of the motor are the same as the Ford, Dodge, and Chevy. They are all the same cubic inch, the only difference from brand to brand is the cylinder head and manifold

Since: Jan 07

Perry, MO

#29 Feb 12, 2007
It's going to be rough on Toyota this year. They knew that going into this. If Jarrett and Blaney are the only two to make the 500 field the others will be disappointed; but if you think that's the death knell of Toyota in NASCAR, I think you're in for a surprise.

The first car that Toyota tried to sell in this country was a dismal failure (look up the first generation of the "Crown" model). Now they sell more cars in the United States than Ford.

"Patience is the best remedy for every trouble" a quote from Plautus (a Roman dude).
Don from Connecticut

Newington, CT

#30 Feb 12, 2007
I have been a Jarrett fan for many years and a race fan forever. It's not a make or model car that makes the race it's the drivers, the people that get you to the edge of your seat or on your feet yelling. You don't sit at a race or at home and cheer on a Ford or Dodge you cheer on the person wheeling that car at 180 mps through turns 1 and 2 in hopes that your driver passes the driver in front of him / her. Ford passes Chevy no Edwards passed Gordon. My point welcome the new addition to Nascar the drivers of Toyota's are the same ones that drove Ford Chevy and Dodge last year, they did not come from China or Japan to take over the sport they came from North Carolina and other parts of our contry to entertain us, to add something to a true Nascar fans enjoyment. Weekends will not be boring from now until the end of November.. so remember drivers start your engines not engines start your drivers..
Mike

AOL

#31 Feb 12, 2007
Everybody who is up upset about Toyota being in Nascar think about this: Ford, GM & Dodge all have production plants in Canada, Mexico and China and that's where your American-made car is being built. Toyota is opening up 2 new production plants in the U.S. so the Toyota you are driving is Made in America. I've been doing a lot of reading up on this.
nascar nation

AOL

#32 Feb 12, 2007
Who cares wrote:
I used to be a nascar fan but sense they let the toyota race in the good ole boy sport, I really don't care what happens any more in nascar. I will not watch or listen to another race as long as toyota is involved, and I know more than a few people that feel the way I do.
You didn't say "why" you're mad that Toyota's in Nascar.
DBBL

AOL

#33 Feb 12, 2007
I was more upset when Nascar let the whiskey advertisers in.
sandman

AOL

#34 Feb 12, 2007
True Jarrett Fan wrote:
The sad thing is that Nascar is right on the money with thier thinking of how the "new breed of nascar fan" thinks. Everyone hates Waltrip and Jarrett now. They all loved them a few years ago when Jarrett was running for AND WINNING his title, and when Waltrip was Jr's teammate and he was pushing him to win after win at these plate tracks. Fans are nothing more than bandwagon jumpers pulling for all the young prettyboy punks that nascar now refers to as drivers. They forced and are still forcing all the real racers out of the sport because they arnt pretty to look at or dont speak as well on camera as nascar would like. Wake up people. Look at what is happening to our sport.
Wrong! I'm a Jarrett fan and my favorite driver/personality is Mikey. I'll never hate these guys. But I do think Kyle Busch is a psycho. Wish Rusty Wallace would come back.

I doubt the "new breed" of Nascar fan will survive. In 2006 Nascar experienced bad tv ratings and we saw a lot of empty seats at racetracks (Fontana, California, to name one). People glom on to something for a while and then lose interest faster than you think.

Big changes happen all the time in Nascar, remember the screaming and yelling when they started The Chase? Then they brought in the booze advertisers to a "family" sport. Now people are screaming about Toyota. Don't blame the Drivers for joining new teams, blame the source: Nascar for it's total greed and yes, for it's forward way of thinking. You may be screaming about the changes now, but wait....wait till the next wave of changes happen. Have you seen how ugly the Car of Tomorrow is? Well, START SCREAMING!!!
Who cares

United States

#35 Feb 12, 2007
Don from Connecticut wrote:
I have been a Jarrett fan for many years and a race fan forever. It's not a make or model car that makes the race it's the drivers, the people that get you to the edge of your seat or on your feet yelling. You don't sit at a race or at home and cheer on a Ford or Dodge you cheer on the person wheeling that car at 180 mps through turns 1 and 2 in hopes that your driver passes the driver in front of him / her. Ford passes Chevy no Edwards passed Gordon. My point welcome the new addition to Nascar the drivers of Toyota's are the same ones that drove Ford Chevy and Dodge last year, they did not come from China or Japan to take over the sport they came from North Carolina and other parts of our contry to entertain us, to add something to a true Nascar fans enjoyment. Weekends will not be boring from now until the end of November.. so remember drivers start your engines not engines start your drivers..
Wow are you way off base. They mention that all the time. I'm total GM I never want to see a ford or any other car win but it don't matter any more because like I said before I'm not going to watch or listen to nascar because they sold out the the JAPS...... You people just don't get it!!!!!!!!
bsfshr

Broken Arrow, OK

#37 Feb 12, 2007
If the 43 fastest cars in qualifying were in the race,Toyota would have 16% of the field.How would the other
manufactures compare.
Who cares

United States

#36 Feb 12, 2007
nascar nation wrote:
<quoted text>
You didn't say "why" you're mad that Toyota's in Nascar.
Because it is a jap car enough said on that.
Who cares

United States

#38 Feb 12, 2007
Mike wrote:
Everybody who is up upset about Toyota being in Nascar think about this: Ford, GM & Dodge all have production plants in Canada, Mexico and China and that's where your American-made car is being built. Toyota is opening up 2 new production plants in the U.S. so the Toyota you are driving is Made in America. I've been doing a lot of reading up on this.
WOW amazing how you people don't get it. They can build here because just like so many before you sold out and bought jap cars that is why they can do that now.....
Toyota will always Suck

Cincinnati, OH

#39 Feb 12, 2007
It's common sense that the owners/drivers are out for all they can get.You really think they care where the money comes from?
It's a buisness,not a nascar family as they try to make you to beleive.
The speedway here in kentucky is one of the best -yet it will never see a cup race.the good ole boy sport as it is often called is just that ,Its become a who you know - who you blow sport. I still enjoy watching some but it seems like its more of a soap opera anymore ..
As far as the toyota's ..
F :) EM ALL -
OWNERS - DRIVERS - ETC!!!!
NascarFanatic

United States

#40 Feb 12, 2007
I think if you were true Nascar fans, you'd realize that some of the different makes of cars are now being made outside of the US and some of the Toyota's are being made in the US. And if you support NASCAR, you are still supporting the US. I bet you support football, baseball and other sports, why don't you research where some of the food products, paper products, equipment and uniforms are made? It happens everyday even in the things you buy for your house. There are many ways you support your country. Think about it people.
Redneck Wannabe

Indianapolis, IN

#41 Feb 12, 2007
I wonder if Who Cares owns anything in his home that is manufactured in Japan. I hope you don't have a Toshiba or Sony TV. But that may not matter to you, I mean it don't matter to you. I suppose you might understand it if I put a don't in there, redneck.

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