Toyota Supra To Race In NASCAR Next Year - Auto News

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Toyota pulled the wraps off of its new NASCAR Thursday at Daytona International Speedway and it looks like Goodwood won't be the only place we're seeing new Supra.

Following a report earlier this year, Toyota has announced plans to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a new Supra-inspired race vehicle.

Toyota has announced that the new Supra sports vehicle will be among the cars that race the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Designed by Toyota Racing Development in Costa Mesa, California and Calty Design Research, Inc.in Newport Beach, California, the NASCAR Supra fits the specifications set out by the sport, while offering a few hints into what the production version it's supposed to mirror will look like. From a marketing perspective, it's important to have a race auto that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart. Supra will make its on-track debut in the NXS race at Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The 2018 Toyota Camry that won the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR championship is also a product of TRD and Calty. It also made two appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in the 1990s.

This however, marks the first time the Supra will enter the NASCAR racing series. "I figured he was messing with me, but Toyota did it and this is a big deal for the NASCAR Xfinity Series", Toyota driver Kyle Busch said in a release.

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Since joining the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2007, Toyota has fielded the Camry.

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

The Supra was originally produced by Toyota in 1978, but its sales were discontinued in 1998 in the United States.

The new Supra is going racing, and it's doing it in the last place we expected: NASCAR. Toyota has said however that they will reveal more information in the future.

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