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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