Toyota not dropping Waltrip yet

For anyone wondering if Michael Waltrip's crashing a Toyota SUV could end his relationship with Toyota, they should think again, Toyota Racing Development Senior Vice President Lee White said Sunday before the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Waltrip owns three teams and has been the face of Toyota this year in its first year of Nextel Cup racing.

"Our position is still that we have agreements with our teams," White said. "We live up to our agreements. Everybody is working hard. Michael is working hard. His organization is working hard, as is all the others."

White said he views the two events as separate incidents.

"That accident didn't have anything to do with what happened at Daytona," White said. "It was an unfortunate incident. Anybody who looked at the pictures has to be happy that Michael is OK, and we'll leave it at that. The two items are not related in our company's minds."

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