The new Supra will reportedly replace the Camry at next year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series.
While we’re still waiting for Toyota to unveil the reborn Supra road car, the Japanese sports car was previewed at Geneva by the GR Racing Concept. We could certainly imagine Toyota’s new halo car competing in European motorsport events like Japan’s Super GT championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship. But we never saw it as a potential NASCAR racer. According to a report by Sports Business Journal, however, the new Supra will race at next year’s NASCAR Xfinity Series.
It will reportedly replace the Camry, which has competed in NASCAR for the last decade. The news may come as a surprise, but it would certainly help Toyota give the Supra more exposure in America. If it happens, the Supra will probably enter the Monster Energy Cup Series eventually, too. Replacing the Camry with the sportier Supra also makes sense when you look at Toyota’s competition in NASCAR. Ford will be entering the Mustang in the 2019 Monster Energy Series, and Chevrolet recently replaced the discontinued SS stock car racer with the Camaro ZL1.
Citing six unnamed sources, the report says Toyota wants to replace the Camry with the Supra due to the decline of traditional sedans and an increased reliance on sports cars to generate excitement for a brand. The move also makes sense when you consider the Supra name is synonymous with various motorsport disciplines. As for what will power the NASCAR version of the Supra, it won’t share any components from its road car equivalent. It will presumably have a naturally aspirated V8 and a four-speed manual to meet NASCAR regulations. The road-going Supra, on the other hand, is currently being co-developed with BMW and is expected to pack a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with around 340 hp on tap.