Lee White stepped down Tuesday as president of Toyota Racing Development and Toyota Motor Sales.
White will officially retire at the end of the year, but remain with Toyota until then as a special advisor until then. TRD said he is stepping down immediately to tend to family health care needs.
''I have been planning and working toward retirement at the end of this race season in December,'' White said. ''I have been offered and accepted an opportunity to perform a reduced amount of duties from my home office. This generous arrangement afforded to us by the company will allow me to attend to personal family priorities.''
White joined Toyota in 1997 and took over the top job following Jim Aust's retirement in July, 2008. He was responsible for all TRD North American motorsports activities in NASCAR, USAC, NHRA, Grand-Am and off-road competitions.
The announcement comes as TRD is struggling with durability in its engines, beginning with the Daytona 500 when Matt Kenseth and Kyle Bu...