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Busch Apologizes To TRD

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, October 4 2012

Kyle Busch on hot seat again. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)


Kyle Busch on Thursday apologized to Toyota Racing Development for remarks he made on his two-way radio late in last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Dover.

The remarks were laced with profanity and criticized TRD engines for what he perceives as poor fuel mileage.

The following statements are Kyle Busch, Lee White, Joe Gibbs, and Ed Laukes regarding the conclusion of last Sunday’ s NSACAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Dover International Speedway.

Kyle Busch, Driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry:

“I made some remarks out of frustration on my radio at the end of last weekend’s race in Dover that were very misguided. I owe my friends at Toyota and TRD an apology. We have a great partnership with TRD and they built me a motor that helped me lead over 300 laps and nearly lap the field. It’s just frustrating that the caution fell where it did and suddenly it became a fuel mileage race and we were set up for maximum horsepower. Obviously, that worked well for most of the day and you can’t control when the cautions will fall.

“I think we have a great partnership with TRD and we will continue to communicate with them on what our team is looking for. I’m looking forward to getting down to Talladega this weekend and focusing on the race.”

Lee White, President and General Manager, TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development):

“We understand Kyle’s passion for racing — and winning. At TRD and Toyota, we have that same zeal for racing — and winning. We were disappointed with Kyle’s post-race comments from Dover — a race that he dominated. Kyle’s had a frustrating year with several car and engine mechanical failures which were not his responsibility, and we’re working extremely hard on our end to improve our products and processes. We will continue to address these issues, but we’re ready to put this behind us and move forward with the remainder of the season, including the Toyota drivers battling for the championship.”

Joe Gibbs, Team Owner, Joe Gibbs Racing:

“We have a great relationship with Toyota and obviously they are a major part of everything we do at Joe Gibbs Racing. Toyota is first class in every aspect of their company and they share our passion for winning. It has been a frustrating season for Kyle in many ways when you think about some of the issues we’ve had with that 18 team this year and obviously some of those frustrations carried over to his finish last week in Dover. We were able to lead over 300 laps, but unfortunately the cautions didn’t fall our way and certainly you can understand the frustration of having to give up the lead late in the race. However, Kyle recognizes that his comments and the tone of his comments were misguided. We’ve been able to work through this issue and I think everyone is ready to get back to the focus being on racing and Talladega.”

Ed Laukes, Vice President of Marketing Communications & Motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.:

“We’ve had a fabulous relationship with Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing over the last five years. Kyle is a talented driver who wins races and can compete for championships, and he is a very important part of the Toyota brand. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Kyle and Joe Gibbs Racing for years to come.”

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, October 4 2012
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  • Jeff says:

    Around last year at this time Joe Gibbs told NASCAR he was totally responsible for Kyle Busch and his behavior. What NASCAR should have done after that is send both the 18 Nationwide and Cup teams home, but they didn’t.

    Now Kyle has mouthed off about the engine provider so if Joe Gibbs is responsible enough then he should cut the teams losses, release Kyle and stop apologizing for Kyle Busch.

    If one of Coach Joe Gibbs football players had taken out (injured) an opposing teams player, mouthed off about the coaching staff and acted like a child thenCoach Joe Gibbs would have benched or traded the player. So I ask what is the difference? The answer is that the Coach has lost control of the player meaning Kyle Busch.

    Maybe TRD should inform JGR that they will not provide engines for the 18 car just like M&M’s told them they wanted off the car after Kyle’s last melt down. There are many hungry and talented drivers coming up and are ready for a good ride in the 18 and for Kyle, I hear the 51 has an open seat.