CHAMPCAR/CART: Toyota dissatisfied with appellate panel ruling

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 3, 2001) - Toyota is extremely disappointed with the ruling of the three-judge appellate panel regarding the implementation of a 3/4-inch extension to the manifold pressure relief valve. Instead of focusing on the problem...

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 3, 2001) - Toyota is extremely disappointed with the ruling of the three-judge appellate panel regarding the implementation of a 3/4-inch extension to the manifold pressure relief valve. Instead of focusing on the problem that required the implementation of the extended housing, the panel elected to focus on the implementation process.

The ruling, which reversed the earlier decision by a team of protest judges on June 15, 2001, means that the extended housing designed to prohibit any potential manipulation of the manifold pressure relief valve will be removed for the next three Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) races held in Toronto, Michigan and Chicago. Reimplementation of the extended housing, following the Chicago race, will be subject to a future decision by CART pending the resolution of a mutually agreeable alternative by CART and the three engine manufacturers.

"Toyota and Toyota Racing Development (TRD), U.S.A. are hopeful that a reasonable resolution to the manifold pressure relief valve issue can be achieved in order to bring the 2001 CART series to a worthwhile and competitive conclusion," said Jim Aust, vice president of Toyota Motorsports.

-TRD

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