Gregg Krupa The Detroit News Published 2:05 p.m. UTC Jun 9, 2018 Brooklyn, Mich. — As he sat in the Ford Performance Tech Trailer in the infield of Michigan International Speedway Friday, Mark Rushbrook, the global director Ford Performance Motorsports could feel content. Despite concerns in nearly all forms of automobile racing that it is declining in popularity, Ford remains firmly invested and participating in North America and around the globe. And, it is winning. Ford Motor Co. is powerful in the NASCAR Cup series, entering the FireKeepers Casino 400 Sunday. Winning four of the first six races and seven of the 14, so far Ford has mastered pace and handling. With five wins, Kevin Harvick is carrying the Blue Oval to dominating performances. More: Rochester Hills' Brad Keselowski gunning for the checkered flag at hometown MIS More: Kurt Busch claims pole for FireKeepers Casino 400 at MIS More: Krupa: My favorite races at MIS, where unrestrained speed … [Read more...] about Ford Motor Co. remains firmly committed to racing — and winning
Toyota racing development
WASHINGTON — Looking at rear-wheel drive coupes under $30,000 doesn’t take very long; there aren’t many. But Toyota with the help of Subaru has such a ride. Toyota and Subaru went in together a few years back making that rare, fun-to-drive, economical-to-operate coupe. We’ll look at the Subaru version next time. The Toyota 86 has been around a few years as a Scion model. So this year, it comes with a big power upgrade going from 200 horsepower all the way to … 205 horsepower (if you choose a manual transmission). I know — it’s not much power, but this is a small car that doesn’t weigh much. The four-cylinder engine comes from Subaru and it has that distinct engine sound when you accelerate. The manual transmission is good with short, easy throws between gears but the clutch takes some getting used to. The engagement area is very small so it takes a few miles to be smooth especially when starting from a stop. The Toyota 86 … [Read more...] about Toyota 86: A fun-to-drive, affordable coupe
Yuri Kageyama, Ap Business Writer Updated 5:34 am, Friday, May 18, 2018 Photo: Yutaka Enomoto, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Toyota Motor Corp. chief Akio Toyoda speaks to reporters in Tokyo, Friday, May 18, 2018. Toyoda, tapped to head the Japanese auto industry association, promised Friday to lead a push among manufacturers to keep a competitive edge in emerging technologies such as zero-emission and autonomous driving. (Yutaka Enomoto/Kyodo News via AP) less Toyota Motor Corp. chief Akio Toyoda speaks to reporters in Tokyo, Friday, May 18, 2018. Toyoda, tapped to head the Japanese auto industry association, promised Friday to lead a push among manufacturers to ... more Photo: Yutaka Enomoto, AP Toyota chief hopes to help Japan automakers keep tech edge 1 / 1 Back to Gallery TOKYO (AP) — Toyota … [Read more...] about Toyota chief hopes to help Japan automakers keep tech edge
SALISBURY, N.C. — Interstate 85 runs through the heart of NASCAR country.The highway hits Charlotte, where the first race was held in 1949 in what is now NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series. Though NASCAR is headquartered in Daytona, Charlotte and the surrounding area are home to many of NASCAR’s top drivers and teams.About 40 miles northeast of Charlotte lies a facility that has been the home base for one of NASCAR’s most successful manufacturers — Toyota. From the outside, though, you can’t tell the importance of Toyota Racing Development’s top-of-the-line performance and engineering facility.With Toyota asserting its dominance on the circuit — the manufacturer has won three of the last four races, and two of the last three championships — The Times-Dispatch was invited to Salisbury to tour the facility and speak with the architects of Toyota’s racing program ahead of this weekend’s Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond.A few … [Read more...] about What’s behind Toyota’s success in NASCAR? We toured their top-secret performance center to find out.
Early voting starts Wednesday for Hamilton County primary elections and voters will see contests in three countywide races — for county mayor, a Circuit Court judgeship, and the register of deeds office — and four county commission races. COUNTY COMMISSION District 1 Incumbent Randy Fairbanks is seeking a second term, while challenger Steve Coker is hoping to upset him in the Republican primary. Fairbanks, 61, won the seat in 2014 after toppling longtime commissioner Fred Skillern in the primary and besting a write-in campaign by school board member and Skillern ally Rhonda Thurman. A certified public accountant who is now the commission chairman, Fairbanks said he has focused closely on district residents' concerns and spends a lot of time at events. Early voting locations Early voting is Wednesday through April 26 at:› Brainerd Rec Center, 1010 N. Moore Road› Collegedale City Hall, Fuller Community Room, 4910 Swinyar Drive› Election Commission, 700 … [Read more...] about Hamilton County early voting starts Wednesday: What you should know about the races