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Sputtering engine program biggest disappointment for Toyota

Dave Blaney has a pole and Brian Vickers has two top-10s, but these "random moments of overachievement" have been scant in Toyota's foray into Nextel Cup racing, writes David Newton.

Updated: August 18, 2007, 4:04 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

Lee White leaned forward in the leather chair, his face buried in a computer in the back of Toyota Racing Development's plush wood-grained motor coach.

In December, the senior vice president of TRD scoffed at reports that Toyota was doubling the salaries of engineers and crew members around the Nextel Cup garage to guarantee the foreign manufacturer immediate success.

He laughed at suggestions the Japan-based company was going to be strong enough to put a couple of ...

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