BAM Racing turns to Bill Davis Racing for Toyota engines

Updated: April 2, 2008, 11:30 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- BAM Racing will begin using Toyota engines from Bill Davis Racing in the No. 49 car driven by Ken Schrader this weekend at Martinsville Speedway in what could be the first step toward a merger between the companies.

"Right now it's more of a collaboration than a merger," said Eddie Jones, general manager at BAM Racing. "We're trying to work together to see what we can do for them and what they can do for us and see if there is anything to move forward on."

BAM was under contract to use Dodge engines supplied by Gillett Evernham Motorsports this season. Jones said they're still in the process of working through that deal, but added that GEM has given permission for BAM to move forward with BDR.

"That's the business part of the deal," Jones said. "I'm trying to get the race car all put together."

Things haven't gone well with the car thus far. Schrader has made only two of five races, finishing 21st at Las Vegas and 41st at Bristol; he ranks 40th in points.

Jones said he contacted BDR a couple of weeks ago, believing the power Toyota engines have shown could be the best long-term solution.

"Short term, we expect to at least stay the same or get a little better," he said. "Long term, we're doing what we can do this year and hoping to have a great situation and by the time the year is over look at something else."

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com.

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