IRL: Toyota signs engine rebuilder

Toyota signs Comptech, Indy 500 Pole-sitting engine rebuilder. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 25, 2002) - Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A., Inc., has reached an agreement with Comptech Machine to become one of Toyota's two designated engine rebuilders...

Toyota signs Comptech, Indy 500 Pole-sitting engine rebuilder.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 25, 2002) - Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A., Inc., has reached an agreement with Comptech Machine to become one of Toyota's two designated engine rebuilders for the 2003 Indy Racing League season, it was announced today.

A Comptech-prepared engine powered Bruno Junqueira to the pole-position for this weekend's Indianapolis 500. Its engines have now won either the pole or the race in three of the last four years with Juan Montoya's victory in 2000 and Arie Luyendyk's pole position in 1999.

"We are thrilled to enter the Indy Racing League with one of the pre-eminent engine rebuilders for the Indianapolis 500," said Lee White, Toyota Racing Development group vice president. "Comptech's record in the Indianapolis 500 speaks for itself, and they also have a great tradition in a variety of aspects in motorsports."

In addition to its IRL engines, Comptech also provides engines for Lynx Racing in the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Prior to focusing on engine development, Comptech also was a successful race team. The team won nine International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) titles from 1986-1993 and has been a past competitor in CART as well, where the team earned Honda's first Champ Car pole in 1995.

"I've been a long-time admirer of Toyota's race program dating back to our time in IMSA," said Doug Peterson, owner and president of Comptech. "I'm looking forward to working closely, and winning, with Toyota in the future."

Comptech will join Penske Racing as one of two Toyota engine rebuilders currently signed for the 2003 season. The new Toyota Indy powerplant has been undergoing dynamometer testing since February at TRD in Costa Mesa, Calif. On-track testing is scheduled to begin this summer.

TRD, U.S.A. commenced its operation in 1979 as the North American technical arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's racing engines. Championship-caliber powerplants have been produced for various series including CART; IMSA; SCORE, MTEG and CORR off-road racing; Toyota Atlantic; NASCAR Goody's Dash; SCCA; and Pikes Peak. TRD also distributes a premium quality line of high-performance aftermarket parts for Toyota products.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Bruno Junqueira , Doug Peterson
Teams Team Penske , Toyota Racing