http://www.abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=2835134&page=1... For the first time, the Japanese-made Toyota Camry is entered in what NASCAR proudly calls "the great American race."
It's not the first foreign influence on the event. Dodge is made by Daimler-Chrysler, a German manufacturer, but the brand is still viewed as American.
With Toyota, the Japanese introduction to the great race is creating controversy, to say the least.
"If Toyota wins the Daytona 500," said Eddie Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers, "That'll be a little hard to swallow." [continued]
The day had to come. As far as I'm concerned, on the average, Toyota has made a superior product for twenty years. Even as a kid, I remember noticing that Toyota's small pick-ups always seemed better made than the rest. If fact, somewhere I once heard that the 22R was the most successful [miles per engine] engine ever produced. Having owned one I can believe it.