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JGR, Toyota to unify engine efforts

Updated: August 12, 2011, 9:28 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota Research and Development announced Thursday that they are combining their engine efforts in 2012.

Officials said there is a chance that JGR cars could use engines out of TRD headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., before the end of this season, but that the focus is on next year.

Economics in part drove the merger. As Lee White, the president of TRD said, "Building for three teams or less is extremely expensive and inefficient."

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