After NASCAR laid down a rather ugly penalty on Matt Kenseth and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team, the blame was quickly shifted towards and accepted by the Toyota Racing Development group.
Yesterday they [TRD] released the following statement in regards to the penalty:
“During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway, one of our engine connecting rods weighed in approximately three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”
For those saying Kenseth and his team cheated, I think it’s important to realize his team had nothing to do with this issue. This is an issue that TRD is to blame for and something they did.