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Toyota Motor CorporationTMC Outlines Motor-sports Activities for 2013

Toyota City, Japan, February 25, 2013--Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that it will continue to conduct community-based motor-sports activities in various countries and regions in 2013 as a key means of bringing more joy through automobiles. TMC, which views motor sports as an ideal medium for conveying the anticipation and excitement associated with motor vehicles, will also promote grass-roots motor sports to create opportunities for more people to experience the joy of racing. Through its varied motor-sports activities, such as entering hybrid vehicles in endurance races, TMC will be able to obtain valuable feedback and know-how to be put to use in its mass-production vehicles as it continues working to make ever-better cars.

In Europe, TMC entered a "TS030 Hybrid" equipped with a full-fledged hybrid racing system in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) last year and won three out of six races. This year, TMC will race an improved version of the vehicle. Although the TS030 Hybrid was not able to finish last year's Le Mans 24-hour race, the third race of the championship, TMC hopes to achieve its first win in this year's running of the legendary race, to be held on June 22 through 23 in Le Mans, France.

In Japan, TMC will enter the Lexus "SC 430" in the GT500 class of the Super GT series. Changes have been made to some teams and drivers, and TMC will seek to reclaim the title under a new six-team structure. In Super Formula--which was renamed this season--TMC will continue to supply engines with the aim of Toyota-powered cars taking the drivers title for the fourth consecutive year as well as reclaiming the team title. Aiming to promote grass-roots motor sports, TMC, acting through GAZOO Racing, will continue to hold "Vitz" one-make races and--starting this year--"86" one-make races, to provide additional opportunities for people to experience the joy of driving.

In the United States, TMC will continue to compete in the top three categories of NASCAR, known as the National Series. TMC will make its seventh appearance in the Sprint Cup Series, the pinnacle of NASCAR racing, entering a new-specification (Gen-6*) "Camry" with the aim of taking the drivers title.

Outline of TMC's 2013 Motor-sports Activities

1. FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

  • -Competition in FIA-sanctioned world endurance championships (eight races), continued from last year (Le Mans 24-hour race is third in series)
  • -Vehicle: TS030 Hybrid from Toyota Racing, based at Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG)
  • -Powertrain: THS-R ("Toyota Hybrid System--Racing") with 3.4-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine and hybrid system equipped with capacitors
  • -Tires: Michelin

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Toyota Racing Vehicles and Drivers

Team Car No. Vehicle Drivers
Toyota Racing 7 TS030 Hybrid Alex Wurz (Austria)
Nicolas Lapierre (France)
Kazuki Nakajima (Japan)
8 TS030 Hybrid Stephane Sarrazin (France)
Anthony Davidson (UK)
Sébastien Buemi (Switzerland)

2. Super GT

  • -Support through Toyota Technocraft Co., Ltd. (TRD)
  • -Lexus SC 430 powered by 3.4-liter V8 engine (RV8KG) to compete in GT500 class
  • -Gasoline-electric hybrid Toyota "Prius" to compete in GT300 class

Super GT Lexus and Toyota Vehicle Teams

Class Team Vehicle Car No. Drivers Tire
6 Kazuya Oshima(Japan) BS
Yuji Kunimoto (Japan)
WedsSport BANDOH
WedsSport ADVAN
19 Seiji Ara (Japan) YH
Andre Couto (Portugal)
Petronas TOM'S
36 Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) BS
James Rossiter (U.K.)
KeePer TOM'S
KeePer TOM'S
37 Daisuke Ito (Japan) BS
Andrea Caldarelli (Italy)
38 Yuji Tachikawa (Japan) BS
Kohei Hirate (Japan)
39 Juichi Wakisaka (Japan) BS
Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)
GT300 apr PANASONIC apr  PRIUS GT 31 Morio Nitta (Japan) YH
Koki Saga (Japan)

3. Japanese Championship Super Formula

  • -TMC to supply 3.4-liter V8 engines (RV8K) to eight teams (eleven vehicles) in this top category of Japanese formula car races
  • -Tires: Bridgestone

Japanese Championship Super Formula Racing Teams

Team No. Drivers
PETRONAS TEAM TOM's 1 Kazuki Nakajima (Japan)
2 Andre Lotterer (Germany)
James Rossiter (U.K.)*
KONDO RACING 3 Hironobu Yasuda (Japan)
KYGNUS SUNOCO Team LeMans 7 Ryo Hirakawa (Japan)
8 Loic Duval (France)
Andrea Caldarelli (Italy)*
KCMG 18 Richard Bradley (U.K.)
Team IMPUL 19 Joao Paulo de Oliveira (Brazil)
20 Tsugio Matsuda (Japan)
Project μ/cerumo・INGING 38 Kohei Hirate (Japan)
39 Yuji Kunimoto (Japan)
TOCHIGI Le Beausset Motorsports 62 Koki Saga (Japan)

*First and seventh races only


  • -Compete in all NASCAR National Series races with support of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and TRD-USA
  • -Enter new Gen-6 Toyota Camry in Sprint Cup Series
  • -Tires: Goodyear

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
The Sprint Cup Series is the pinnacle of NASCAR. TMC has been racing with the Camry in the series since 2007 (when it was called the Nextel Cup Series).

NASCAR National Series Racing Teams

Team No. Drivers
Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin
18 Kyle Busch
20 Matt Kenseth
Michael Waltrip Racing 15 Clint Bowyer
55 Mark Martin
55 Brian Vickers
55 Michael Waltrip
56 Martin Truex Jr.

5. Grass-roots Motor Sports

Through GAZOO Racing, TMC will hold grass-root one-make races for street-legal cars.

1) GAZOO Racing Netz Cup Vitz Race

  • -Competition vehicles: "Vitz RS Racing" (sold through Netz dealers across Japan)
  • -Eighteen competitions (including five series and special races) to be held at six major circuits nationwide in 2013

2) GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race

  • -Competition vehicles: "86 Racing" and Subaru "BRZ RA Racing" ("86 Racing" vehicles sold through Toyota dealers across Japan)
  • -Seven races to be held at major circuits nationwide in 2013

6. Other Support Activities

1) All-Japan F3 Championship Series

  • -Young-driver-focused category (positioned below Super Formula)
  • -TMC is to support two drivers in C Class
  • -Tires: Yokohama Rubber

All-Japan F3 Championship Series Racing Team

Team Car No. Drivers Engine
PETRONAS TEAM TOM'S 36 Yuichi Nakayama (Japan) TOYOTA TOM'S TAZ31
37 Takamoto Katsuta (Japan)

2) Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ)

  • -Entry-class category--in its eighth year--featuring specially and independently designed one-make FCJ vehicles (FC106)
  • -FCJ has scheduled 12 races at five race events for 2013
  • -Tires: Dunlop

3) Dakar Rally

  • -TMC supported participation by Toyota Auto Body, Co., Ltd. with a Toyota "Land Cruiser 200"
  • -Vehicle came second in production vehicle division in 2013 Dakar Rally held in January

7. Driver Development

1) Toyota Young Drivers Program (TDP)

This program is aimed at cultivating drivers who hope to compete in top racing categories around the world. It is dedicated to identifying new talent and allows participants to improve in line with their own respective abilities. The program is being offered as outlined below.

List of Trainee Toyota Young Drivers Program Drivers for 2013

Drivers Category Team Remarks/Last Year's Results
Yuji Kunimoto Japanese Championship
Super Formula
  • -Formula Nippon (13th overall in series)
  • -Super GT500 class (13th overall in series
Ryo Hirakawa Japanese Championship
Super Formula
  • -All Japan F3 Championship
    C-class (7 wins; 1st overall in series)
  • -FCJ (5 wins; 2nd overall in series)
Yuichi Nakayama All Japan F3 Championship
PETRONAS TEAM TOM's All Japan F3 Championship
C-class (6 wins; 2nd overall in series)
Takamoto Katsuta All Japan F3 Championship
PETRONAS TEAM TOM's All Japan F3 Championship
N-class (3rd overall in series N-class)

2013 Drivers Who Participated in Toyota Young Drivers Program

(all Japanese)
Category Team
Kazuki Nakajima World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing
Japanese Championship Super Formula PETRONAS TEAM TOM'S
Japanese Championship Super Formula Project μ/cerumo・INGING
Hiroaki Ishiura Super GT LEXUS TEAM SARD
Kazuya Oshima Super GT LEXUS TEAM LeMans ENEOS

2) Formula Toyota Racing School (FTRS)

The Formula Toyota Racing School has been held since 1995 as a three-day, two-night racing school at Fuji Speedway that covers everything from the basics to participation in simulated races. (Formula Toyota vehicles are used at the school.) The school provides a way for TMC to conduct appropriate driving education and promote the sound expansion of its motor-sports foundation through the discovery and cultivation of racing drivers who will be able to compete in top racing categories around the world. A tryout is held among the most outstanding participants with future prospects to select a driver who will receive a scholarship for the following year. In 2013, FTRS is scheduled for July 22-24.

*Vehicle standards, introduced this season, which seek even higher levels of safety and adopt designs closer to production models in image.

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