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Toyota Reacts to NASCAR Penalties Agianst Joe Gibbs Racing

August 20, 2008 - The following is a statement from Lee White, President and General Manager of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) concerning NASCAR's penalties toward Joe Gibbs Racing for infractions that took place by the team after last Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

"Over the past several days we have had numerous conversations with Joe and J.D. Gibbs relative to the infractions at Michigan International Speedway in the Nationwide Series post-race inspection."

"Toyota respects NASCAR's rules and regulations and accepts the sanctions that were imposed against Joe Gibbs Racing. It is NASCAR's responsibility to enforce their rules and we respect their decisions. Toyota always has, and will continue to, abide by all NASCAR-mandated policies."

"In the 17 years in which JGR has been a NASCAR competitor, this is the first time that a JGR crew chief has ever been suspended. We are encouraged by the manner that Joe and J.D. have taken responsibility and have quickly imposed their own internal sanctions in an aggressive manner -- above and beyond the penalties that NASCAR imposed. We applaud their response, support their decision and are completely satisfied with their actions in response to this incident."

"Joe and J.D., and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization, have been -- and will continue to be -- a great partner to Toyota. Going forward this year -- and in the future -- we will continue to support JGR and work diligently together to be successful."


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