Once a year the faithful flock to celebrate all things Toyota at the annual TOYOTAFEST, hosted by T.O.R.C. (Toyota Owner’s and Restorer’s Club). This year celebrated the 19th anniversary of TOYOTAFEST, and attracted over 400 Toyota, Lexus & Scion vehicles, all on display beside the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.Read More
Watch our video interviews with Ivan Stewart as he shares stories from one of the most celebrated careers in racing history. This year marks a 30 year partnership with Toyota and TRD. That’s almost unheard of in racing, and, as you’ll find out, it’s been an incredible ride!See More
From its humble beginnings as an aftermarket parts distributor and ‘speed shop’ in 1979, to one of the most accomplished and acclaimed engineering companies in motorsports, it’s been a meteoric and championship-filled story for TRD, U.S.A.
1980 — Toyota becomes title sponsor of the Grand Prix in Long Beach and the name of the open-wheel event changes to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
1983 — Ivan “Ironman” Stewart and Steve Millen begin driving for Toyota in the Mickey Thompson Stadium Off Road Series (MTEG). In Toyota’s first season, Stewart captures the Driver’s Championship and helps Toyota win its first Manufacturer’s Championship.
1983-1994 — Toyota and PPI dominate the Mickey Thompson Stadium Off Road series, earning 11 Manufacturer’s Championships and nine Driver’s Titles with Ivan “Ironman” Stewart (3), Rod Millen (3), Steve Millen (2) and a 19-year-old Robby Gordon (1). Stewart also scores 27 wins and seven championships in the SCORE International Off Road Desert Series, including 11 Baja 500 victories and one Baja 1000 win.
1987 — Toyota wins the IMSA GTO Manufacturer’s and Driver’s Championships (Chris Cord).
1989 — Toyota begins a successful relationship with the Atlantic Championship series by becoming the title sponsor of the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Toyota becomes the “official” engine supplier in this open-wheel training ground for promising young drivers. Toyota Atlantic alumni include Jimmy Vasser, Jacques Villeneuve, Sam Hornish Jr., Dan Wheldon and AJ Allmendinger.
1992 — Toyota wins the IMSA GTP Manufacturer’s Title and Driver’s Championship with Juan Manuel Fangio II.
1993 — Toyota again wins the IMSA GTP Manufacturer’s Title and Driver’s Championship (Juan Manuel Fangio II). Toyota’s participation in the GTP series ends with the manufacturer holding records for the most overall GTP victories (26) and the most consecutive GTP wins (17).
1994 — Toyota driver Rod Millen wins the “Unlimited” and “Overall” classes of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a Celica Turbo GT. Millen goes on to claim four “Unlimited” class championships from 1996 to 2000 in a Celica Turbo GT and a Toyota Tacoma Race Truck.
1995 — TRD opens its state-of-the-art facility on Baker Street in Costa Mesa. The 47,000 sf headquarters will house TRD USA Administration for all racing activities: Finance, Human Resources; Information Technology; Engine design, development and testing; Engine component development and manufacturing; Electronics development and assembly; Production and development engine assembly and rebuilding; Dynamometer testing
1996 — Toyota moves into open-wheel racing’s Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) series with Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers (AAR) team and the Arciero Wells Racing team of Cal Wells III.
1997-2006 — Toyota participates in the Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) series. Toyota Tacomas dominate the Pro-Lite class, winning seven consecutive Manufacturer’s Titles and Driver’s Championships. Teammates Johnny Greaves (Pro-Lite and Pro 4 class) and Jeff Kincaid (Pro-Lite class) from Greaves/Kincaid Motorsports claim six and five titles, respectively, over that time: eight in Pro-Lite (1997–2003, 2005) and three in Pro 4 (2002, 2005, 2006).
2002 — Toyota-powered cars record 10 victories and 12 pole positions in 19 CART races to win the Manufacturer’s Championship. Toyota-powered Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta wins seven races and seven pole positions en route to the CART Driver’s Title.
2002 — Toyota enters the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) with a Celica-bodied Funny Car, driven by Bruce Sarver and fielded by Alan Johnson Racing.
2003 — Gil de Ferran (Penske Racing) drives a Toyota-powered Indy car to the checkered flag in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” — the Indianapolis 500. Toyota completes its first season in the IRL by also winning the Manufacturer’s Title and the Driver’s Championship (Scott Dixon).
2004 — The Toyota Tundra makes its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race debut at Daytona International Speedway. Travis Kvapil finishes second (2/13). Then, Toyota earns its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory when Travis Kvapil captures the checkered flag at Michigan International Speedway (7/31). By the second season, Tundra drivers win nine races and 13 pole positions.
2006 — Toyota announces it will enter the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series as a competitor in 2007 using the Camry with Sprint Cup teams Bill Davis Racing (BDR), Red Bull Racing Team (RBRT) and Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR).
2006 — Toyota wins first-ever NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer’s Championship and Driver’s Championship with Todd Bodine from Germain Racing.
2008 — The Lexus-powered Chip Ganassi Racing sports prototype wins the 24 Hours of Daytona for a third consecutive year. The team goes on to win the Daytona Prototype championship with drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas as Rojas becomes the first Mexican driver to win a major U.S. (road racing) Driver’s Championship.
2008 — TRD opens the 27,500 sf facility in Salisbury, North Carolina to help support extensive NASCAR efforts. Functions include NASCAR race engineering and tuner support; Chassis engineering test equipment; Chassis development and test equipment fabrication; Race vehicle engineering: aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, vehicle compliance and kinematics, simulation and design; Design of the 2013 Camry for Sprint Cup competition.
2008 — Cruz Pedregon earns his second NHRA Funny Car World Championship Title, and first in 16 years, racing a Toyota Camry Solara-bodied Funny Car.
2009 — Toyota clinches its second consecutive Nationwide Series Manufacturer’s Championship when Kyle Busch crosses the finish line second at Memphis Motorsports Park (10/24). And, Toyota clinches its fourth consecutive Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer’s Championship when Kyle Busch crosses the finish line first at Talladega Superspeedway (10/31).
2010 — Toyota clinches its third consecutive Nationwide Series Manufacturer’s Championship and clinches its fifth consecutive Camping World Truck Series Manufacturer’s Championship.
2012 — Toyota Midget and Silver Crown driver Bryan Clauson wins the USAC National Driver’s Championship.
2013 — Toyota driver Johnny Sauter is first to the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race – the 100th victory for the Tundra since joining the series in 2004 (2/22).