MWR Selects First Diversity Apprentice

Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. and Michael Waltrip Racing announced today that Josh Ray is the diversity apprentice selected from Toyota's Technician Training and Education Network (T-TEN) alumni program.

American Indian descendant and Oklahoma-native Ray will relocate to North Carolina to begin a one- year, technical position within the MWR organization, directly involved with the teams' NASCAR participation beginning on Monday, November 10, 2008. The three-part position will include rotations with Michael Waltrip Racing's tear down area, electronics department and also in the suspension department.

"When I first learned about this unique opportunity through the T-TEN newsletter, I never imagined I would be the one selected to be a part of this," comments Ray, Oklahoma State University student. I am currently pursuing an engineering degree and am excited for the chance to apply my education and experience to the growth of the MWR/Toyota NASCAR organization."

"This program is an important step for MWR in our effort to promote more diversity in our sport," said Ty Norris, MWR Vice President and General Manager. "Toyota created this unique opportunity and Josh showed us through the interview process that he has the desire to make NASCAR his home. MWR has gained a talented and motivated employee, while Josh has earned a chance to launch a long career."

After reviewing many applications from previous T-TEN graduates, Ray was chosen by the selection committee as one of three finalists to advance to the next round, which consisted of interviews with the Michael Waltrip Racing organization.

Once the interviews were concluded and the final candidates were evaluated, Ray was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime - a one year apprenticeship with one of the most popular teams in NASCAR.

"Ray is a testament to the value of our T-TEN programs, the opportunity it affords and Toyota's commitment diversity and creating positive life-changing opportunities at all levels of our business," comments Dave Camden, VP-Dealer Operations, Toyota Customer Services Division.

"We are pleased to partner with the MWR team and support their NASCAR efforts via this year-long apprenticeship."

"NASCAR is committed to further diversifying our sport and we are excited to have TMS and MWR join forces in this innovative program," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR Managing Director of Public Affair. "Toyota is a long time supporter of diversity efforts and the TMS/MWR partnership is an important next step in creating new opportunities and building greater awareness of careers in NASCAR and the automotive industry."

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