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Toyota Race Development and K&N Keep Performance Cutting-Edge and Winning a Tradition
Toyota Race Development USA has collected many victories in 2009
Toyota Race Development USA was originally established to serve as an aftermarket performance parts distributor for TRD Japan, and as a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS). Since first opening their doors in 1979 though, the Costa Mesa, California based company has redefined itself as a premiere world-class engine and performance organization.
Kyle Busch won several races in all three top series of NASCAR in 2009
TRD first captured the world of motorsports attention, making history in the process, when Juan Montoya recorded Toyota's first Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) victory, driving a TRD powered Indy Car at the Milwaukee Mile in June 2000. That race was a significantly sweet triumph because it was the first win for an American designed and built engine in 20 years. Since then it would be far easier to list what TRD hasn't won, than to list everything that they have.
In partnership with TMS, TRD has collected a shipload of noteworthy wins, which would have to include the monumental victory at the '03 Indianapolis 500, three Rolex 24 at Daytona victories, along with numerous Baja 500 and 1000 wins and manufacturers championships (NCTS, IRL, CART, IMSA, MTEG, Grand-Am, CORR, and the WSORR competition).
TRD engineered and built the V-8 powered Toyota Tundra engines for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Other historical wins include five Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Championships and the Import Drag Racing Class Championships ('04, '06 and '07) plus, multiple wins at 12 Hours of Sebring.
"We've had a good season so far, we've had 12 victories in the Truck Series, victories in the Nationwide Series. And we've done that with several drivers, which shows that we have a strong program, not only strong teams," says Laerte Zatta. Zatta is the Senior Program Manager for the Truck and Nationwide Series. He has been with TRD since 2001, working with the CART series, then IRL, and now NASCAR.
TRD engineers and builds the V-8 powered Tundra engines for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) and the V-8 Camry power-plant for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. They also create engines for most Toyota factory-backed US racing efforts, including Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR), the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), and recently the United States Auto Club (USAC) Sprint Car and National Midget Car Racing Series.
"This year we had Kyle Busch, who won several races in all three top series in NASCAR. Also, Brian Scott and Timothy Peters both notched their first wins. It's always good for us to see our current drivers and new drivers having success. So far we have won three Truck Manufactures Championships ('06, '07, '08), two Drivers Championship ('06, '08), and we've also won the '08 and '09 Nationwide Manufactures Championship," adds Zatta justifiably proud.
"We use K&N air and oil filters in all of our Tundra trucks and our relationship has always been great. The product is reliable, it has excellent performance, and K&N has been the perfect partner for us, not only as a supplier, but also in helping us with the development of new products. Next season we will continue to work with K&N, there are absolutely no reasons not to. It's good product, good people to work with, and excellent support to our teams," adds Zatta.
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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