TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jul 6, 2018 – Toyota Supra is behind during a track! Beginning in 2019, a globally-recognized iconic sports automobile will infer a championship eagerness in a hotly contested NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). Supra will make a on-track entrance in a NXS foe during Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
“When we speak Toyota and cold cars, Supra is a initial thing that comes to mind for many automobile enthusiasts,” pronounced Ed Laukes, organisation clamp boss of Toyota Division Marketing. “Supra’s lapse in prolongation form is outrageous news, though now we’re also going to see this iconic sports automobile lapse to American motorsport. From a selling perspective, it’s critical to have a foe automobile that evokes a impetus and impression of a salon counterpart. We’re assured we’ve achieved that with Supra, and we wish racing fans a universe over will proudly hearten a success on track.”
Toyota worked with a subsidiaries, TRD (Toyota Racing Development) in Costa Mesa, California, and Calty Design Research, Inc. (Calty) in Newport Beach, California, to rise a Supra for a NASCAR competition. The dual teams practical pivotal learnings from their before collaborative efforts in NASCAR, that enclosed a 2018 Toyota Camry that clinched a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
To build a Supra for NASCAR, TRD and Calty scaled Supra to fit within NASCAR’s specifications for foe automobile entries in a NXS.
“We’ve had extensive success operative with Calty to rise foe cars that compare a look, feel and fad of their salon counterparts,” pronounced David Wilson, boss of TRD. “We’re assured Calty and TRD have grown another foe car, Supra, that is able of winning races and championships. For Supra to be racing in NASCAR only speaks to how critical this automobile is to us, and that we trust Supra can be a bona fide championship winner.”
Toyota has fielded Camry in NXS competitions given 2007, tallying 4 manufacturer championships while Camry has warranted dual motorist championships and 142 wins. The 2019 deteriorate outlines a initial year Toyota will margin a opposite indication in all 3 of NASCAR’s inhabitant array – Camry during a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) level, Supra in a NXS, and Tundra in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).
Supra formerly raced in both America and Japan, where it was a widespread force in Super GT foe and a contender in a IMSA Camel GT Series in a 1980s. It also done dual appearances in a 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in a 1990s.
TRD and Calty formerly worked together to design:
- 2013: Sixth-generation Camry for MENCS
- 2014: Tundra for NCWTS
- 2015: Seventh-generation Camry for NXS
- 2016: Eighth-generation Camry for MENCS
- 2017: Eighth-generation Camry for NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Calty has worked hand-in-hand with TRD, Toyota’s North American foe operative arm, to safeguard coherence between prolongation models and on-track Toyota foe cars, while also improving on-track opening with any new build. The groups began work on a NASCAR Supra in 2017.
“When Ed (Laukes) told me they were bringing Supra back, we roughly didn’t trust him. we figured he was messing with me, though Toyota did it and this is a large understanding for a NASCAR Xfinity Series,” pronounced Kyle Busch, who won a 2009 NXS championship in Camry. “Supra is an iconic cold car, and to have it racing in NASCAR to prominence Supra’s lapse speaks to how critical this is. I’m anticipating to be a initial man to get Supra to feat lane, though I’m certain there’s a few other Toyota drivers meditative a same thing.”
Reflecting Toyota’s joining to motorsports, a manufacturer now showcases 6 models opposite 8 array in America. Toyota Racing Development’s lineup includes: Camry, Supra, and Tundra in a NASCAR inhabitant series; Camry in a NHRA Funny Car competition; Camry in a ARCA Racing Series and informal furloughed series; 86 and Corolla Hatchback in Formula Drift; as good as engines for mud midget racing and other series.
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