May 23 -- When Honda starting building really competitive racecar engines in the 1980s, it wasn't that big of a deal to American race fans.
But now that Toyota will race its Tundra pickup in the NASCAR truck series, some of the good ol' boys who follow the sport are objecting.
It makes sense for Toyota to enter NASCAR, which has a strong fan base in the south. That's where Toyota wants to compete with the Chevy Silverado, Dodge Ram and Ford F-150 for sales as well as in races.
Although Toyota doesn't enter the series until February, its office in Washington, which is close to NASCAR country, reports that it already gets requests for tickets.
And speaking of races, did you notice? Roger Penske's car that has the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 is powered by Toyota.