Toyota expanded into the drag racing arena in 2002 with first Celica-bodied Funny Car in NHRA competition. Two years later, Jerry Tolliver scored Toyota’s inaugural Funny Car victory when he took home top honors at the Winternationals at Pomona, in February 2004.
The program has risen to new heights over the past four years as Toyota-sponsored cars have gone to victory circle 64 times, with 56 of those coming in Top Fuel competition. In 2012, Antron Brown earned six victories on the way to capturing the Top Fuel title – the third consecutive for a Toyota-sponsored entry. The 2012 season also saw the debut of the new TRD-designed Funny Car with both Cruz Pedregon and Jeff Arend driving the new Toyota Camry to victory circle. In 2011, Del Worsham won a series-high eight races on the way to the Top Fuel title. In addition, Larry Dixon drove a Toyota-sponsored Top Fueler to the 2010 championship, while Cruz Pedregon won the 2008 Funny Car title in a Toyota Camry Solara Funny Car.