Tuesday, November 29, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: ThorSport To Toyota In 2012

The ThorSport Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team will change to Toyota power in 2012.

The Duke and Rhonda Thorson-owned operation has campaigned Chevrolets since joining the circuit 16 years ago, with drivers Johnny Sauter and Matt Crafton finishing second and eighth in the 2011 championship standings, respectively. The pair combined for three wins – including a victory by Sauter in the season finale at Homestead Miami Speedway two weeks ago – and ThorSport Vice President of Motorsports Partnerships Matt Lanave said the desire to win more races in 2012 prompted a change in manufacturer.

“Were here to win races, and Toyota is all about winning races,” said LaNeve. “They came to us with a great package late last season, and now we’ve got a lot a lot of work to do to get ready for Daytona.”

LaNeve said the team’s support package will equal that of Kyle Busch Motorsports. “Kyle is obviously their driver, but we feel that with KBM, Red Horse Racing and now ThorSport, Toyota has the most dynamic lineup in the Camping World Truck Series. “They are putting a lot of resources behind us, and we’re getting everything we need to go out and race competitively. They want a Toyota to win, and that’s their bottom line.”

ThorSport Director of Competition David Pepper concurred, saying, “There is no ranking order within the Toyota organization. All they want is for a Toyota to win. The bar is set very high now; we are expected to go out and win races. We feel like we should be running 1-2-3 in the Truck Series, and win ARCA races and a record 10th series championship with Frank Kimmel, as well.

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