Toyota Racing Development


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The rumors that were running around NASCAR garages last week that Joe Gibbs Racing would be switching from Chevrolet to Toyota became official on Wednesday morning.

The move by JGR allows them to be the top dog at Toyota.

“If anybody said at the beginning of the season Toyota would be sitting at a press announcement on Sept. 5 announcing Joe Gibbs Racing as a part of the overall team effort we all would have had a hearty laugh,” said Jim Aust, the vice president of Toyota Motor Sales and president and CEO of Toyota Racing Development.

“Joe Gibbs Racing is one of the most respected teams in NASCAR, a championship-caliber race team and a first-class organization,” Aust said. “We are confident that partnering with the Gibbs team will raise the level of our entire Toyota NASCAR program, and will be beneficial to all of the current teams racing the Toyota Camry.

J.J. Yeley, part of the Gibbs stable of racers, was out of a job when they announced Kyle Busch was joining them. Well, Yeley will now be driving for Hall of Fame Racing, which has a working agreement with JGR. Hall of Fame Racing will also make the move over to Toyota with JGR. Recently, Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, owners of HoF Racing, sold their majority interest to Arizona Diamondbacks executives, Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel. This now makes Tony Raines, the current driver for HoF Racing, a free agent.

If you’re a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and were worried about him not bringing over his crew chief and cousin, Tony Eury, Jr., don’t worry. Eury, Jr. will be joining Junior over at Hendrick Motorsports as his crew chief.

“Dale Jr. and I are both excited to continue working together,” Eury said. “With the resources we’ll have at Hendrick Motorsports, it’s an opportunity to consistently run up front and be in title contention every year. The goals are winning races and winning championships.”

Rick Hendrick also announced that Casey Mears will drive the #5 car, a number which Hendrick has had since 1984 when he got into the business.