TOYOTA RACING OUTLINES PLANS FOR 2013 SEASON
Friday 26 July 2013
TOYOTA Racing can confirm its plans for the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.
The team will split its efforts between the ongoing 2013 WEC season and the development of its 2014 car in order to make best use of the available resources.
As a consequence, the #8 of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin, which is the lead TS030 HYBRID in the championship, will compete in Sao Paulo (1 September) and Austin (22 September).
Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre will focus on 2014 development with testing and simulation sessions while Kazuki Nakajima will continue the defence of his Super Formula title whilst also racing in Super GT.
A decision regarding the team’s line-up at the remaining WEC rounds will be announced in due course.
About TOYOTA Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship:
TOYOTA first competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 1983. TOYOTA cars have raced in 14 Le Mans 24 Hours races, with a total of 38 vehicles taking part. For 2012, TOYOTA returned to endurance racing as a full-time entrant with a hybrid LMP1 car, the TS030 HYBRID. This car won for the first time at the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in September, just its third race and went on to win three of the six races it competed in 2012. In 2013, the team finished second and fourth at the Le Mans 24 Hours, equalling TOYOTA’s best result. The chassis has been designed and built by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG), where the race team is based. TMG is the former home of TOYOTA's World Rally and Formula 1 works teams, and was responsible for design and operation of TOYOTA's TS020 Le Mans car in 1998-99. TMG now combines works motorsport participation with a new direction as a high-performance engineering services provider to third party companies, as well as the TOYOTA family.