Toyota and NASCAR

And now for something completely different. 🙂 Toyota has been racing in the Craftsman Truck Series since 2004. Now they will be racing in the Nextel Cup Series, starting in 2007. There hasn’t been a foreign nameplate in NASCAR since Jaguar in the 1950s.

Update: The offical announcement

Not there are any “American” or “foreign” cars anymore. GM and Ford have plants overseas, Dodge and Chrysler are really a German company. The Japanese have plants here. A car is car now I guess. But don’t bring a WV to Columbia, Missouri. There’s no VW dealer for 100 miles so no warranty work.

NASCAR is also planning on switching to unleaded fuel in 2008 and is working on new car technology for 2007.