NHRA Followers: Meet Toyota Gazoo Racing

NHRA Followers: Meet Toyota Gazoo Racing



Toyota’s obtained an extended, celebrated historical past in motorsports. And that features drag racing, notably the NHRA, the place it’s been concerned for the final 20 years. In truth, final November Toyota launched its newest era Supra Humorous Automobile that’ll be campaigned by J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria through the 2022 NHRA season.

Toyota was the primary Japanese automaker to compete in motorsports, getting into a race-prepped Toyopet Crown Deluxe within the Spherical Australia Rally in 1957. It carried out admirably, notching forty seventh total out of a subject of 86 autos. That was ok for third place amongst overseas automobile entrants. (Picture/Toyota UK)

However keen-eyed race followers will discover the “GR” acronym on these new vehicles. And when you click on on over to Toyota’s web site, you’ll see it there too, sometimes positioned alongside Toyota’s efficiency oriented choices.

The GR stands for Gazoo Racing, and it’s Toyota’s in-house motorsports wing. (You might also see the acronym prolonged to “TGR” for Toyota Gazoo Racing.) No matter alphabet soup you select, the division is tasked with growing Toyota’s manufacturing unit race vehicles and is the driving power behind a few of Toyota’s largest motorsports victories.

Gazoo Racing obtained Toyota its first LeMans win in 2018—on its strategy to profitable LeMans once more in 2019, 2020, and 2021. (Picture/Toyota)

And that’s no understatement. Whereas Gazoo Racing (and its earlier iteration Workforce Gazoo) solely started just a little over a decade in the past, it has come out of the gate swinging, taking wins at LeMans, the World Rally Championship, and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Many gearheads will observe that Toyota already has an in-house racing arm, Toyota Racing Improvement (TRD). Whereas we’re nonetheless unsure how the 2 will coexist sooner or later, for now it appears they’re each enjoying good collectively.

If we’re opining out loud right here, given TRD’s robust connection to off-roading, it could be that TRD begins to slant extra in direction of the truck/SUV phase. Or maybe TRD turns into the efficiency components line, and GR is assigned solely to manufacturing mannequin trim/spec ranges? However these are simply guesses right here.

Toyota Gazoo Racing additionally prepped an idea Supra for racing within the worldwide GT4 class. (Picture/Toyota)

Toyota has lately began incorporating the “GR” identify into its common manufacturing lineup as effectively, with sports activities vehicles just like the GR86 and GR Supra. So it is smart that Toyota needs to sear the Gazoo Racing identify into the general public lexicon.

…And slapping the GR acronym on the perimeters of a rip snortin’ NHRA humorous automobile is an effective strategy to do it.

The GR identify can also be creeping onto Toyota’s showroom choices, like this 2022 GR86 sports activities automobile. (Picture/Toyota)

And with the kickoff of the 2022 NHRA season now underway on the NHRA WinterNationals in Pomona California, you may lastly see the brand new Gazoo Racing Toyota Supra Humorous Automobile in official drag racing motion.

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he is not writing, you will in all probability discover him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or holding a 1972 Corvette from overheating. An avid motorcyclist, he spends the remainder of his time synchronizing carburetors and cleansing chain lube off his left pant leg.


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