Toyota at Nascar

Toyota’s entry into NASCAR’s premier event, the Nextel Cup series, has offended some of the sport’s fan base, who see the Japanese automaker as an interloper in an event that has always been dominated by Detroit’s Big Three auto companies. But Toyota’s top U.S. executive Jim Press challenged that idea Wednesday during a press conference following his speech at CERA Week. He pointed out that the Toyota Camry, the vehicle the automaker is racing in the event, is the only one of the racecars actually made in America (Georgetown, KY). As for the Camry’s rivals on the track? The Ford Fusion, the Dodge Charger and Chevy Monte Carlo, are all built in either Mexico or Canada.

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