The Supra is going back to its roots of quarter-mile competition
To some, there is nothing more exciting than a Toyota Supra that has been tuned out to over 1,000 horsepower. Fans of the brand will often try to argue that these kinds of builds are unbeatable on the quarter-mile strip. It looks like the Gazoo Racing arm has noticed this growing reputation and has decided to professionally throw its hat into the drag racing ring.
There's a more concrete reason for its entry into the NHRA though. Much like its motivation for competing in Formula Drift and GT4, Toyota wants to allow its engineers to take key vehicles from its portfolio and push them to the extreme on the track, regardless of whether the car does fast in a straight line, around a corner, or both.
Toyota Gazoo Racing will be entering both the Funny Car and Top Fuel categories for this year's NHRA season. The star is expected the GR Supra body which was revealed to us last year and will be the first time that the manufacturer employs the iconic moniker in the sport. While previously competing simply as Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the brand's go-to badge was the Camry for quite some time.
Drivers competing in the Top Fuel category will be flying the TGRNA colors for all 22 of the events that are scheduled for this year. The season will start on February 20 and take place at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. This competition is highly anticipated as Gazoo Racing's outstanding victory in Dakar has already given the division a good start to the year.
Together with its upcoming efforts in the NHRA, Toyota Gazoo will also be maintaining its presence in Formula Drift where the GR86 will by flying the flag up high. GT4 drivers in both IMSA and SRO will stick to the cabin of the Supra that has been specifically designed for the category. With this expansive motorsport network in the USA, the brand says that its dedication to producing exciting cars that benefit from track-based research is cemented.
"The opportunity to introduce TGR North America to the NHRA community in 2022 and continue the support in Formula Drift and GT4 competition is a big moment for everyone involved in Toyota's overall motorsports program," said Paul Doleshal, group manager, Motorsports and Assets for Toyota Motor North America.