Toyota partners with RW Motorsports

TOYOTA PARTNERS WITH RW MOTORSPORTS FOR 2008 SILVER CROWN COMPETITION TORRANCE, Calif. (December 8, 2007) --Toyota announced that RW Motorsports, based in Fairmount, IN, will be the first team to utilize Toyota 360 V8 engines in the 2008...

TOYOTA PARTNERS WITH RW MOTORSPORTS FOR 2008 SILVER CROWN COMPETITION

TORRANCE, Calif. (December 8, 2007) --Toyota announced that RW Motorsports, based in Fairmount, IN, will be the first team to utilize Toyota 360 V8 engines in the 2008 USAC Silver Crown division.

The Toyota 360 V8 made its USAC Sprint Car debut on Turkey Night, November 22 at Irwindale Speedway. Bobby Santos III, driving a car entered by Western Speed Racing of Fresno, CA, qualified 3rd and took the lead with 9 laps to go in the 40-lap main event to post Toyota's first-ever sprint car victory.

"We had already made the decision to go with Toyota power in our 2008 Silver Crown cars prior to Santos' victory at Irwindale," stated RW Motorsports team owner Steve Weirich. "Seeing how competitive the engine was right out of the box obviously gives us a lot of confidence in that decision."

Les Unger, National Motorsports Manger for Toyota Motor Sales, USA welcomed RW Motorsports to an ever-growing list of teams who utilize Toyota race engines in USAC competition. "Steve has made a substantial commitment by converting his Silver Crown race team to 100% Toyota power," stated Unger. "We are extremely happy that a team the caliber of RW Motorsports will be the first to carry the Toyota brand into Silver Crown competition beginning in 2008."

"Turkey Night showed that the Toyota 360 V8 has a bright future in sprint car racing on the short tracks," added Gary Reed, vice president of Special Racing Projects at TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development). "Now we'll switch our development emphasis to working with RW Motorsports and our technical partners at Ed Pink Racing Engines to tune for the longer tracks, up to 1 ½ miles in length, featured on the Silver Crown schedule."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series USAC
Drivers Bobby Santos III
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