Wednesday, September 05, 2007

The Home Depot Toyota

That's going to be hard to get used to. It really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, but it will take a while to feel right about it. Perhaps, when Smoke wins the 2008 Daytona 500 in a Toyota, we'll be okay with it. Stewart, himself, has taken an optimistic attitude about it, and that's a good thing. He has even asked JGR to extend his contract beyond 2009, which means he's still having fun. Read about it here.
I'm an adaptable traditionalist. I yearn for the old days, but love NASCAR racing enough to accept the changes, albeit with some crankiness and complaining. But Toyota, though it is a foreign label is 100% American in America, and likely employs more American workers than Ford and GM put together. If JGR wasn't getting a fair deal from GM, then it was the Coach's prerogative to make the change to where they get more manufacturer support. And now Toyota is with an experienced team that can make things happen, and things will happen. So I'm talking myself into accepting the idea. As a Smoke fan, I hope it all turns out well.

5 comments:

Vroom! said...

Gibbs did their homework and will win often with Toyota!

RevJim said...

I suspect that they will. Three excellent drivers, and three great teams, with additional factory support for technology = a formula for success.

F3 said...

How is Toyota American. Just because they have assembly plants in the US does not make them American. The salary of one GM paid US R&D engineer is the equivalent to 4 non-union Toyota assembly workers. The R&D which is the bulk of the money spend is mostly done in Japan not in the US. Then after Toyota makes its nice profit on a car it takes that money back to Japan and trades it in for Yen, weakening our currency. Its amazing how Toyota is able to just pull the wool over the entire country.

F3 said...

Take a look at these graphs and tell me if you still think Toyota is "American"

http://www.levelfieldinstitute.org/docs/scorecards/gm-v-toyota.pdf

RevJim said...

F3--I won't enter into this argument, because I don't plan on buying or selling a Toyota, and you wouldn't want to hear what I have to say about unions and the six and seven figure incomes stolen from the workers by the union bosses. Thanks for the graphs, though, and I redact my statement about the number of employees.