The new NASCAR Supra will compete at Daytona in February 2019.
Enthusiasts the world over are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new Toyota Supra. Back in March, we caught our first official glimpse of the new car. It wasn’t an actual production model, but a racing concept breathed upon by Toyota Gazoo Racing. Now, there’s another Supra that will hit the track. Toyota revealed today that the new Supra – developed in-house by TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and Calty Design Research – will compete in the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series.
As you’d expect from a stock car, this doesn’t look anything like the inevitable production model Supra. It’s really just a standard NASCAR racer with Supra livery plastered all over. Instead of a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, Xfinity Series cars all use a carbureted 5.7-liter pushrod V8 mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
The Supra stock car will replace the Camry in the Xfinity Series. Toyota has won 147 races with the Camry since 2007, as well as four manufacturer titles and two driver championships. As of the 2019 season, Toyota will field three cars in NASCAR. The Camry will still compete in the NASCAR Cup Series, while the Supra will compete in the Xfinity Series and the Tundra will spar with its competitors in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Toyota will compete with the NASCAR Supra starting with the first race at Daytona on February 26, 2019. While the NASCAR Supra may live worlds away from the actual production model, the 2019 Supra is still coming soon. Toyota expects the new Supra to hit the market worldwide in the first half of 2019.