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July 6, 2018

Toyota is Taking the Supra NASCAR

The production model has yet to make its debut, but Toyota’s ready to take the all-new Supra racing. But before you think it’ll race in some sort of global touring car racing series or even long-distance endurance racing, it’s going to run at the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series or NXS.

Replacing the Camry as Toyota’s entry into the series, the Supra will make its on-track debut at the NXS race at Daytona on February 16, 2019. The race car is a product of Toyota and its subsidiaries: TRD USA and the Caltry Design Research.

To build the Supra for NASCAR, TRD and Calty scaled Supra to fit within NASCAR’s specifications for race vehicle entries in the NXS.

“When you talk Toyota and cool cars, Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing. “Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to have a race car that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart. We’re confident we’ve accomplished that with Supra, and we hope racing fans the world over will proudly cheer its success on track.”

The Supra previously raced in both America and Japan, where it was a dominant force in Super GT competition and a contender in the IMSA Camel GT Series in the 1980s. It also made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in the 1990s.

As for the production model, Toyota has released yet another teaser photo (see below) and revealed that its global unveil will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week.

1 comment:

  1. Finally they brought in the Supra! The camry had a long run but I think bringing the supra to nascar has long been overdue. Really excited to see what the supra can bring to the track.


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