Della Penna and Gidley dealt Toyota blow

The future of Della Penna Motorsports in CART is looking shaky with the news that the team has lost its supply of Toyota engines for 2001

Della Penna and Gidley dealt Toyota blow

The team, which has had some excellent showings with American driver Memo Gidley, has announced that it will be laying off staff after this weekend's season finale at Fontana.

Team boss John Della Penna said: "I've been informed by TRD that the engine package will not be available to our team for next year.

"It's very disheartening to be in this situation. The current climate in CART with regards to engine supply is damaging to the series, and in particular to the smaller teams. I have current sponsorships that carry over to next season, as well as excellent prospects for additional sponsorships.

"Memo and I have developed a great working relationship," he added, "and we want to continue to work together. However, right now, there's no manufacturer prepared to supply us with engines for 2001. That's very discouraging."

This weekend Toyota is expected to announce that it will be supplying engines to Newman-Haas and Patrick next season (both switching from Ford power) as well as PacWest which has lost its Mercedes power.

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