Toyota Reconfirms NASCAR Commitment

Following the recent announcement Japanese carmaker Toyota made about its exit from Formula 1, the manufacturer announced NASCAR will remain on its agenda, despite possible budget cuts here as well.

According to Lee White, Toyota Racing Development president, Toyota's F1 departure will not translate into more money and technologies being pored into NASCAR.

"We remain committed to NASCAR racing, and NASCAR remains committed to us and all the manufacturers in fact," White was quoted as saying by Autosport. "I think we're no more worried today than we have been for a year where we know that we have to be responsible with budgets, we cannot cowboy, and freelance and go off the ranch so to speak."

"We have to adhere very strictly to our budgets, which are approved, and do our best to provide the best performance on track and gain results for the company."

Toyota entered NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut two years ago, winning 20 races so far, but no drivers' or manufacturers' championship. For comparison, the Great Circle didn't bring Toyota any victory, in any race.

As for the manufacturer's decision to exit the F1 series, White says he had no idea this was coming.

"Toyota's motorsports activity globally is managed by a motorsports management committee and once a year they have a whole group of motorsports meeting and of course we're aware of that's coming and we send a representative there and we present our budgets and our plans and everything to that group," White told the source.

"So we knew the meeting was coming and we had maybe a few hours' advance notice the announcement was coming, but beyond that we were surprised just like everyone else."
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