NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing Admits Defeat, Will Begin Engine Partnership with TRD

Luke KrmpotichContributor IIAugust 11, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06:  Kyle Busch drives the #18 Snickers Peanut Butter Squared Toyota after blowing his engine in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 6, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Frustrated with the engine woes that have been plaguing Joe Gibbs Racing drivers for the last couple of seasons, Gibbs has announced that his race team will be entering an engine partnership with Toyota Racing Development.

The partnership ought to help JGR end its problems with engine failures, which have been an Achilles heel for the talented Gibbs drivers.

"We felt it was much easier to combine our resources and go down one path instead of trying to do two paths together," Gibbs said.

Until now, Joe Gibbs Racing has been producing its own engines even after switching from Chevrolet to Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series in 2008.

JGR drivers have been suffering from a rash of engine woes in 2011. The latest problem came at the Brickyard 400 when an engine failure took Denny Hamlin out of the race. All in all, JGR drivers have undergone a total of nine engine failures this season.

The engines produced by the new partnership of JGR with TRD will be used for both the Gibbs teams as well as other Sprint Cup Toyota teams.

According to the terms of the partnership, JGR and Michael Waltrip Racing will have the same engines beginning in 2012. In addition, Red Bull could use those engines if whoever buys the team from the Red Bull ownership group decides to race Toyotas.