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Toyota History

Toyota has been a fixture in American motorsports for over four decades. 

In 2019, Toyota Racing Development (TRD, U.S.A) celebrated its 40th anniversary of motorsports excellence. 

TRD’s early success was achieved in off-road wins, such as the Baja 1000 with iconic drivers like Ivan Stewart. In the early 2000’s, Toyota achieved an iconic moment in motorsports history by winning the Indianapolis 500.

Currently, Toyota and TRD compete across many United States motorsports platforms. Toyota fields the Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series, Toyota Supra in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Additionally, Toyota can be seen winning races in the NASCAR regional series, NHRA’s Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, Formula Drift and midget car racing across the country.

Success has come often for Toyota in recent years with the company winning championships with Kyle Busch (2015) and Martin Truex Jr. (2017) in the NASCAR Cup Series, along with Denny Hamlin earning two Daytona 500 victories (2016, 2019). Toyota also has recent championships in the Xfinity Series and Truck Series, in addition to fielding the reigning NHRA Funny Car champion, J.R. Todd.

The knowledge learned on-track has assisted in making advancements to the Toyota vehicles you see roll off the factory floors across America. The new Toyota Camry TRD, which makes its debut in 2020, is the latest example of motorsports and Toyota vehicles coming together to achieve the best driving experience for Toyota’s customers. 

TRD40 Video Intros

  • Episode 1: Toyota Racing Development Celebrates 40 years

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  • Episode 2: Off Road Racing

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  • Episode 3: IMSA & Open Wheel Racing

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  • Episode 4: Entering NASCAR

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  • Episode 5: The First Year in the Cup Series

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  • Episode 6: Joe Gibbs Racing Joins the Toyota Family

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  • Episode 7: NHRA

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  • Episode 8: Daytona 500 Redemption

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  • Episode 9: NASCAR Championships

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  • Episode 10: Driver Development

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