Toyota unveils Supra to race in NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2019

Jose Verdugo
Julio 10, 2018

JGR drivers have won three of the first 15 races of the Xfinity Series season and last won the series title in 2016 when Daniel Suarez was the champion.

The Camry has been wildly successful in the Xfinity Series, winning four manufacturer and two driver championships.

Chastain is also scheduled to compete in Saturday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event, where he will start 33 after Friday afternoon's rain-delayed qualifying session.

Alva's Ross Chastain recorded a top ten in Friday's Firecracker 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race in an event that saw a controversial call determine the victor at Daytona International Speedway. To date, the Camry has gone to victory lane 142 times.

"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. "The Supra's return in production form is huge news, but now we're also going to see this iconic sports vehicle return to American motorsport". It also made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in the 1990s.

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"From a marketing perspective, it's important to have a race vehicle that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart".

"When Ed (Laukes) told me they were bringing Supra back, I nearly didn't believe him".

TRD's lineup now includes: Camry, Supra, and Tundra in NASCAR; Camry in the NHRA Funny Car competition; Camry in the ARCA Racing Series and regional touring series; 86 and Corolla Hatchback in Formula Drift; as well as engines for dirt midget racing and other series.

Calty, Toyota's US design studio, and TRD worked to match the styling and emotion of the Supra and build a race version that fits within NASCAR's competition template.

Toyota's flagship team in the Xfinity Series, just like the Cup Series, is Joe Gibbs Racing.

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