Toyota's Camry NASCAR Xfinity car will be replaced after 12 years.
Since 2007, the Camry has served as Toyota’s NASCAR Xfinity Series competition car, securing four manufacturer championships as well as two driver championships and 143 wins. For the 2019 season, it’s being replaced by the reborn Supra. Previewed earlier this year by Gazoo Racing’s concept car at the Geneva Motor Show, the NASCAR-spec Supra will make its US track debut at Daytona on February 16, 2019, which should help give the road car some vital exposure in America.
In fact, it will be the first time the Supra has entered a US race event since the IMSA GT Series in the 1980s. The Camry will still compete at next year's top-level Monster Energy Series, however. “When you talk Toyota and cool cars, Supra is the first thing that comes to mind for many auto enthusiasts,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president of Toyota Division Marketing. “Supra’s return in production form is huge news, but now we’re also going to see this iconic sports car return to American motorsport. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to have a race car that evokes the dynamism and character of its showroom counterpart."
We’re confident we’ve accomplished that with Supra, and we hope racing fans the world over will proudly cheer its success on track.” Meeting NASCAR Xfinity’s strict regulations was no easy task. To help, Toyota worked with subsidiaries Toyota Racing Development and Calty Design Research to build the Xfinity car from the ground up. “We’ve had tremendous success working with Calty to develop race cars that match the look, feel and excitement of their showroom counterparts,” said David Wilson, president of TRD. “We’re confident Calty and TRD have developed another race car, Supra, that is capable of winning races and championships.”
It's not surprising to see the Camry get replaced by the Supra in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, since some of Toyota’s competitors have replaced popular models in recent years. The iconic Impala NASCAR was replaced by the Camaro, and Ford also introduced a NASCAR-spec Mustang a few years ago. Of course, it’s really just a shell of a Toyota Supra, as the rest of the car won't share anything in common with the production model. Under the hood, you’ll find a a NASCAR-spec tube-frame chassis, a carbureted pushrod V8, and a four-speed manual transmission.