Toyota Racing Development tries to solve engine woes that have overshadowed successes
Five wins and eight poles in the first 13 races should have TRD riding high. Instead, a few highprofile engine failures has drivers frustrated and TRD looking for answers in time for Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.
David Wilson, named this week nike kids jr hypervenom acting president and general manager of TRD, soccer shoes on sale called drivers, crew chiefs and competition directors from Joe Gibbs Racing and nike kids jr hypervenom Michael Waltrip Racing together on Friday morning to discuss the changes ahead and plans to boost the engine’s durability.
That started with finetuning engines already in the cars headed to Pocono.
“It means it’s going to be a little bit of a step back in performance, Wilson said. “Just getting them on board and being transparent with them has been helpful. The last thing we want is for them not to feel like a part of this,
TRD is struggling with durability, beginning with the Daytona 500 when Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch suffered engine failures within minutes of each other. Most recently, Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. both suffered engine failures in Sunday’s race at Dover. Wilson said the valve train has been the main culprit for the engine woes.
Wilson said the key was to keep the season in perspective. Even if six failures have been unacceptable, there are enough checkered flags piling up to prove TRD has an overall grasp on handling its engines.
But in order to win a championship, TRD has to have durability and drivers can’t be racing wondering if their engine is next to blow.
“I’d much rather be in this position of saying, ‘We’ve got the performance, now we need to focus on the durability,'” he said. “We’ve got a little bit of security with a couple of our drivers having notched a couple of wins,
Toyota drivers Clint Bowyer, Kenseth, and Busch are all in the top 10 in the points standings. Denny Hamlin, in 26th and in danger of missing the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, was encouraged by the meeting.
“They identified issues and talked about our short and longterm plan to fix it, Hamlin said. “They’re going to do everything they can to fix it,
Wilson was promoted this week after Lee White stepped down to tend to family health care needs. White joined Toyota in 1997 and took over the nike kids jr hypervenom top job following Jim Aust’s retirement in July 2008. He was responsible for all TRD North American motorsports activities in NASCAR, USAC, NHRA, GrandAm and offroad competitions.
White was with teams that won approximately 1,000 races and 250 championships.
“The role that he played in helping bring our company into NASCAR was one of his biggest achievements, Wilson said. “He built a very robust organization around him, nike kids jr hypervenom soccer shoes on sale.