"There is a big gap between Formula 1 and Toyota's actual car users," he told Automotive News. "F1 remains the pinnacle of auto racing, but its image grew too elitist.
"At races such as Nurburgring [24 Hours], fans can get right into [the] pitlane, mingle with the teams and touch the cars. They can soak up the atmosphere and feel part of the event. By contrast, average fans have no hope of strolling the paddock at an F1 race. For the fortunate few who can afford to do that, it's fine.
"I think the best kind of races are those in which people can get in close to the race."
In light of these comments, we have to wonder why Toyota ever left CART (IndyCar) and prototype racing (GTP/IMSA now ALMS)