Earlier this week, at the end-of-year banquet for the Camping World Truck Series, the younger Busch brother opened up that he feels Toyota’s top two teams need to mimic the Hendrick / Stewart-Haas partnerships to be competitive, and he makes a lot of sense.
Throughout the 2014 season, the Toyotas in the Sprint Cup Series struggled for constant speed. Obviously, it wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t great. Busch and the other drivers are frustrated with this, seeing the success of the Hendrick-powered cars.
Not only are the Hendrick Motorsports four teams Hendrick under the hood, but they’ve got a major alliance with the Stewart-Haas cars as well — one that goes beyond providing engines. All week leading up to Miami-Homestead’s championship weekend, Harvick was being coached and advised by six-time Sprint Cup winner, Jimmie Johnson. And while manufactuer-aligned teams share some data, HMS and SHR share a bunch extra.
Joe Gibbs Racing and fellow Toyota-backed Michael Waltrip Racing represent the best funded and best backed Toyota teams, with their power coming from Toyota Racing Development (TRD). Kyle Busch, and likely many others argue that the soon-to-be four car team of JGR and the currently two car team (rumored to be attempting to ramp back up to 3 full time) of MWR should be sharing and pooling their efforts in the same way the Hendrick-affiliated teams are.
Not only could it produce better results, but it would also likely help save costs by eliminating redundancies. Look for this to happen in the future, in both the top Toyota and Ford teams to stay competitive and up their efficiency simultaneously.