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Toyota’s Unique Approach

By: Long — @dustinlong on 27, 2014 | 9:34 A.M. EST

MESA, Calif. — The blends in with the neighborhood of offices and buildings that everything from billing to a local insurance agent. The in front shows that something different on this plot of land, but to the casual it’s just a landmark on the way to else.

Inside this though, beyond locked is where Toyota Racing designs and builds NASCAR Sunday’s win by Kyle Busch at Club Speedway was even special for this group the track is about 50 miles the shop.

Admittedly, this is of an oddball approach. Toyota’s are in the Charlotte, N.C. region and the come from California. does have an engineering in Salisbury, N.C. which chassis support for its teams.

engine shop has been at 335 Street East since and maybe some day it will be to relocate from California to Carolina, but, for now, it even with shipping to Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Racing for about $1,000 when sending overnight. and Chevrolet engines, meanwhile, are in the Charlotte, N.C. region.

This building once Toyota’s open-wheel engine After a season such as when Toyota won the Indianapolis a majority of the races and the championship, TRD still had to “sell to our management to in the sport,’’ said David president of Toyota Racing

With IndyCar’s lackluster TV and attendance, Toyota left series after the 2005 shifting its focus to NASCAR. debuted in the Sprint Cup Series in with Michael Waltrip Bill Davis Racing and Red Racing.

Those early were challenging for Toyota cars failing to qualify and lacking. Wilson recalls a executive likening the company’s into Cup to Rocky Balboa’s in a fight and “how he got his lights out in the first 10 rounds but then back,’’ Wilson said.

Toyota also bounced The manufacturer’s first Cup win came in the season with Busch in first year with the Toyota has won at least one Cup race at current track except Motor Speedway.

Inside building, past the generation of engines built here, the listing each track a has won a race and through the locked are where engines come to Nearly 180 people work Some design engine some ensure that the can provide what is needed in Others program computers to specific engine parts or the engines or check them they return.

Toyota’s has five engine dynos, test and measure an engine’s Each engine is run on a dyno being shipped. While the can mimic race conditions, admits the track is still the proving ground because so things can happen there are hard to duplicate in a lab setting.


Any engine not within half a — about five — of every other there is not shipped. Toyota to have engines to teams two before the race weekend be used.

After the engines they are shipped back to They often arrive on and the engines are taken apart. It takes about 15 hours to do so. engine part has a particular so if there’s a problem, the person the engine apart can go to the engineer of part and discuss the issue see.

Toyota Succeed

Parts that can be again are placed on a 5-foot cart and labeled with a that includes the number of on the engine. One engine on a recent indicated it had been rebuilt 28 That didn’t mean any had been used 28 times, the serial plate. Each has an RPM and mileage expiration date.

There’s also a section of the set aside for engine development. TRD technicians build engines will never leave the Instead those engines are in a dyno. TRD already is working on an spec to be used at Homestead-Miami in the season finale in November. that race determining the title-contending teams are focused on

“Well before the beginning of the we try to project a development plan,’’ said. “For the Chase, speaking, we’ll develop a and we’re going to want to get it to a well before the Chase because we want to make we don’t have any issues.’’

said that those often are used at Indianapolis in July or Michigan in August. tracks test engines and if an issue, there remains to fix it before the Chase begins in

One thing that helps TRD season is Michael Waltrip running a third car part of the with Jeff Burton. can provide a chance to test in conditions. Wilson said the engine Burton ran at Las Vegas was in Thursday’s test session and in the car — while others their engines after the — that weekend. It is a of an engine the Waltrip and Gibbs will use next week at Burton finished 17th that engine at Las Vegas.

The effort is all about trying to a Cup title, something that has Toyota so far. Toyota close last year 14 wins and two drivers in the top four in That shows Toyota it’s still possible to a shop in California even teams in North Carolina.

you think of it in an evolutionary sense, you almost say at some point it happen, at some point,’’ said of moving the engine to North Carolina. “Right part of the responsibility I have to our of directors is to consider what will mean.

“We at what it would cost, we at the human tool. Right the recommendation I give our board and is it doesn’t make sense (to In the end, here’s the acid If we can’t deliver a product to our partners that is as good or than the product we could in North Carolina, then we to move. Right now we believe we the process in places and the people in (to stay).’’

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