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« on: February 16, 2007, 09:39:56 PM »

Just read this on Jayski:

Toyota issues warning to teams: Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, was emphatic this [the #55 infraction and penalty] was a team issue and not a Toyota issue. While embarrassed over the incident, Toyota officials insisted they would maintain a relationship with MWR. "This is not the way you want to enter NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series by any means," said Jim Aust, the president and CEO of Toyota Racing Development. "For this to happen to him is extremely disappointing and extremely disappointing to Toyota. ... He has certainly apologized to just about anybody that would be associated with his organization. He's beside himself with what's happened." Toyota isn't resting on an [Waltrip] apology. Company officials are expected to send a letter out to all Toyota teams next week stating Waltrip's organization has used two of the company's three strikes. The next team that crosses the line will face the loss of the manufacturer's support. Lee White, the senior vice president for TRD, said TRD worked with NASCAR throughout the process. "I can honestly tell you from an ethics standpoint and integrity, along with character and honesty, those things are paramount in our company," he said. "We hold ourselves to a high standard and we hold our teams to high standards. We hope we've picked the right ones."(
AND: Jim Aust, vice president or Toyota Racing Development, was asked if this was his worst nightmare. "I would say that's pretty close to accurate," Aust said. "This is a week we had looked forward to for many years. To begin this way certainly takes some of the limelight and happiness out of it." It also doesn't help the Toyota guys win over some NASCAR followers who didn't want them here in the first place. That marketing campaign just got a lot tougher.(

I found this to be  interesting because Don had told me yesterday that Toyota would not put up with stuff like that.  Seems like maybe he is right.

But will it be 3 strikes for all teams together or 3 stickes for each individual team?  Will look for confirmation in the next few weeks to see if the letter really gets sent out.

Thanks, Jayski and ESPN!
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 05:28:34 PM »

No sympathy from this old dog. You reap what you sow, and they hired the clowns, ..... laugh

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2007, 05:16:33 PM »

To its credit, Toyota has put its foot down, and I hope all of the other manufacturers follow suit.

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