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Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 12:50 pm
 
By Pete Pistone

Joe Gibbs Racing will partner with Toyota Racing Development for its 2012 engine program. The move changes what JGR has done since moving to the Toyota camp with the organization running its own engine program.

The decision comes in the wake of a rash of engine issues the JGR Sprint Cup Series team has suffered this year with its trio of drivers including Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano.

Joe Gibbs Racing president J.D. Gibbs had these comments on the alignment with TRD:

The TRD group has really helped us in a lot of these areas. There are still areas we’re struggling with and kind of bouncing around and back and forth. Probably one of the hardest things any team does in the garage is build motors. We’ve been doing it for a long time, almost 17 years. We’ve been through a lot of that. I think that’s something we really are going to lean on TRD for and their research and their development. Again, we do certain things really well … I think TRD does probably a longer range approach in the way they go through their projects and the detail they have in that is something that will benefit us.’’

Lee White, President and GM of Toyota Racing Development, added his view of the partnership:

“Frankly, a lot of our engineering-driven processes are things that a smaller organization like the Gibbs shop have suffered from relative to durability in the past is something we can add to the program. It’s really trying to harness the absolute best of two programs and move forward and make us both stronger and better and let us thrive long term.’’
 
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Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:52 am
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

It's crazy what NASCAR has turned into these days. It all started with AMERICAN MADE CARS: Chevy, Ford, Pontiac, Olds, Buick, Dodge Plymouth. Now rice burners have emerged, send that shit back over to Japan. NASCAR is/was an American sport. F*ck Toyota.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

That shows what US citizens honestly know. Nothing! No didley! No Go! Absolute amazing how people can think just because a foreign automanufacture make vehicle in USA it's American as the Big 3.
 If people had any sense at al instead of calling each other names they would look at the names owning majority of shares and where they recide.
 They would discover these so called US foreign made vehicle share holders are mostly Asian and live in Asian countries where their Mother Companies are located capitalizing on most of the profits.
 And the domestic automanufactures are located in America with mostly American names. Yes before anybody ask, Mexico and Canada are American makes(not foreign). If I did buy a new car it sure would NOT have a foreign make name! It's bad enough buying a domestic with foreign junk that I sure in the hell will not help support a foreign make with foreign junk!

 So it's not all about where cars are manufactured. It is about where the majority of the profits go. Majority of profits go to the share holders!  When Americans invest in foreign imports and exports the it's the Americans screwing themselves into bank rupting their country!
  Ah! stupid Americans you spend all your money buying foreign junk!

Oh me?... Well I drive a custom 1964 Nova ss and a custom 1954 GMC truck... still have the original radio! :P
 Do my very best to buy American made with majority American made share holders.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 3:17 am
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

way to tell em Spikes !!!  Go Toyota....



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

The Truth will always set you free...... Get mad now and re-spin this on an Engine article, bigots and haters, you got to love them. Spikes.



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

NASCAR vehicles haven't had even a passing relationship to the stock cars that bare their name in ages.   There's nothing Mexican about Greg Biffles's Ford Fusion for instance.   It's built right here in America at Roush Fenway Racing's own speed shop.   Your argument is stupid.  Perhaps time for you to learn something instead.



No Duh. This commie bashed Toyota on an Engine colume. I set him straight to why Toyota has a right to be in Nascar, People that want to tell someone you can't race here or you can't do that when the car market is a world market.

Your argument all though partly true, JGR makes parts right down to post brackets and frame rails, the only thing off a Camry is the hood and trunk and even those have been braced for high speed, But the manufacturers design the front ends and build engine parts within Nascar's box for engine rules. You just are trying to justify your brand, thats cool, but these cars represent those intended for sale and the manufactures have a say. When Dodge gets on the TV with an American flag on a Challenger, it's miss leading for those that dont know where these cars are built. Or Carl Edwards saying go buy a Fusion when he is talking about a car assembled in Mexico. You can call my argument stupid, but it's what the brands represent and Toyota represents the best Quality the American worker has to offer in the current cup lineup----so you can swing it any way you want to make yourself feel better. I feel great getting in my Toyota's knowing it was built by American hands. And I didn't start this, some commie that wants to tell some one what kind of car you can drive did...so go get a Volt and get out of my way and you learned something again. Spikes.



Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: August 12, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

NASCAR vehicles haven't had even a passing relationship to the stock cars that bare their name in ages.   There's nothing Mexican about Greg Biffles's Ford Fusion for instance.   It's built right here in America at Roush Fenway Racing's own speed shop.   Your argument is stupid.  Perhaps time for you to learn something instead.




Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 12, 2011 8:41 am
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

Toyota is the only true American car on the track...Look it up and learn something.

The Camry is built in Kentucky, Thats why Rowdy wanted to win there so bad, for the American's that build the car.

The Fusion, built in Mexico------The Challenger built in Brumpton, Canada----The Impala built in canada.

Quit being a bigot and wanting to put American workers out of a job, GM, Mopar and Ford have done enough of that.

My personal truck was built in Texas by Americans and over 70% of the parts were made here, so who builds American quality cars and trucks...Toyota bud. Nascars only true American built car today is the Camry. Get mad now because thats all you have to do, you cant prove me or nobody else wrong....American worker hater is what you are and you want us all out of work.... Spikes.




Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

SPIKESGATOR51: As a big JGR and Rowdy fan, I am deeply concerned about this move, I understand it and with RBR leaving or if some new investers change manufacturers

As a longtime fan of nascar and its roots, I'd like to see toyota go back where it belongs...drifting and other 4cyl ventures. The mere introduction of a foreign make into nascar, not to mention the extra horsepower (18 as a matter of fact) toyota was alotted the first couple of years, has helped to downgrade the series. Just how many V-8 Camrys are on the road today? Stock bodies and the return of minimum mandatory production would solve a lot of the BS being put forth by the idiot france family. 



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Joe Gibbs Racing changing engine program

As a big JGR and Rowdy fan, I am deeply concerned about this move, I understand it and with RBR leaving or if some new investers change manufacturers Toyota needed this to keep TRD operating at the current level.
Now I will tell you what concerns me and its simple, Winning ! JGR's current shop with Mark Cronquist, wins and wins often.
TRD does not on the cup level, as a matter of a fact you can count there Cup wins on one hand since 2007.
Toyota has 33 wins to date in 144 starts in cup. Not bad, but I think Vickers has 1, Reutimann and MWR may have 1 or 2 wins to date the rest belong to JGR.
Even in all the other articles today they all say the same thing, JGR builds the most horsepower, so we blow up a few and most of those have been in practice, RBR has blown a few themselves.
I feel better that Cronquist is still employed, but if this helps other Toyota teams I can live with that to.
But the fact is, in 2011 Toyota competed at California, Pocono and Michigan this year with great Horsepower, that is something that has been very noticable.
The moment Rowdy cant keep up at these type tracks I hope the lock at JGR isnt un-pickable.
Look with this move only Hendrick will be a stand alone engine builder in a chassis shop, DEI and RCR merged to form ECR.
Yates Racing closed and merged Doug with RFR to form Roush-Yates-Engines and now TRD and JGR are merging, I guess the merger also includes Triad in the charlotte area. But I am worried, but I refuse to believe JGR and Cronquist would do this and be down on Power, we will see. Very Concerned Spikes.


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