NASCAR introduced the Next-Gen car with the prime objective of getting the field more competitive and closer. But the 2022 season so far has seen dominated by Chevrolet teams as they secured 7 wins out of the 12 stars by virtue of five wins from Hendrick Motorsport and Trackhouse Racing’s 2 wins. Ford and Toyota had 3 wins each to their name as the former secured the wins with the help of 2 wins from Team Penske and one from SHR, while Toyota had 2 wins from Joe Gibbs Racing and 23X1 Racing.
Toyota had its latest win last weekend at Kansas thanks to 23X1 racing driver Kurt Busch who secured the first win for the 23X1 the race also saw six Toyota’s finishing in the top 10 alongside Kurt Busch and his teammate Bubba Wallace who finished P10 all the JGR drivers also finished inside the top 10.
The struggles of 2022 for Toyota so far have been not just because of their lack of speed as the team had ambient speed throughout the season but they lacked so far in teamwork as the pit stop drama has been a constraint for them, especially for the major teams. Now David Willison, the president of Toyota Racing Development has come forth to expressing his opinion on the manufacturer’s 2022 season.
Find out what David Wilson said
David Wilson pointed out the fact that Toyota cars showed some great speed right off the bat on intermediate tracks such as Las Vegas, Darlington, Kansas, and Dover but at the same time, they have struggled in short tracks such as Phoenix and Martinsville and claim that Toyotas strong suit with the Next-Gen cars this season has been the long track’s though they were able to make some headway in short tracks.
“You look at Las Vegas, Darlington, Kansas, Dover and OK, (Dover) is not an intermediate (so much) as an in-betweener, but those were tracks we showed up and had some great speed right off the bat. We’ve struggled at a couple of the short tracks, most notably Phoenix and Martinsville. We think we’ve made some headway in those areas, but certainly, our strong suit has been the bigger tracks,” TRD president David Wilson said.
He went on add that he expects the Toyota’s dominant run-on intermediate tracks to continue in the upcoming All-Star Race weekend at Texas saying “We’re very, very happy with our performance on track at the intermediates. And we expect to continue to show this coming weekend at the All-Star Race,”.
David Wilson went on to acknowledge his unhappiness with Toyota’s unacceptable performance in 2022 compared to other teams as he pointed out that they were only able to win three out of 13 races saying “We’re sitting on three wins in 13 starts versus how many does Chevrolet have? They have more than we do. A lot more. So that’s what gets the headlines – Toyota has only won three times in 13 races, and that’s true and that’s unacceptable,”.