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ThorSport switches to Toyota

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series organization ThorSport Racing announced on Tuesday its plans to switch from Chevrolet to Toyota. ThorSport, the longest-tenured team in the Truck Series, had a 16-year relationship with Chevrolet that dated back to the team‘s entry into Truck Series competition in 1996.

We’d like to thank everyone at Chevrolet for all the support over the last 16 years,” ThorSport Racing Vice President of Motorsports Partnerships Matt LaNeve said. “ThorSport Racing, along with dedicated owners Duke and Rhonda Thorson, have a long-standing history and commitment to conservative, steady growth within NASCAR. Toyota’s business and competitive philosophies are in line with our 2012 goals for both Freank Kimmel, as he pursues his 10th ARCA Racing Series championship, and our NCWTS teams of the 13, 88 and 98 as we further look to increase competition. We are aggressively chasing not only wins in our two respective series, but championship trophies for our drivers and sponsors.”

In 2011, Thorsport fielded the No. 13 truck for Johnny Sauter, the No. 88 for Matt Crafton and the No. 98 for Dakoda Armstrong. Sauter drove the No. 13 ThorSport Truck to a second-place finish in the championship points standings. Crafton finished eighth in points, giving the organization two teams in the top-10 of the final rundown.

The team plans to expand into ARCA in 2012, fielding a No. 44 car for nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel, in addition to continuing on with its three truck program.

“ThorSport Racing is a first-class organization and a championship-caliber race team, as well as one of the most respected teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” Toyota Racing Development President and General Manager Lee White said. “We look forward to working together with the entire ThorSport race team and are confident that it will raise the level of our entire Toyota Tundra racing program.”

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