Why wasn't Justin Haley ruled the victor at Daytona — NASCAR XFINITY Series

Dale Earnhardt Jr

Toyota is introducing its iconic sports vehicle, the Supra, into Xfinity Series competition next year beginning with the February 16 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The Camry has been wildly successful in the Xfinity Series, winning four manufacturer and two driver championships.

The Supra model has racing roots in both America and internationally.

Using a familiar playbook that has led to race wins and championships, Toyota and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development), the manufacturer's race engineering arm, worked hand-in-hand with Calty Design Research, Inc.to develop a Supra race vehicle for NASCAR competition.

"We've had tremendous success working with Calty to develop race cars that match the look, feel and excitement of their showroom counterparts", David Wilson, president of TRD, said in statement. Calty, Toyota's USA design studio, and TRD worked to match the styling and emotion of the Supra and build a race version that fits within NASCAR's competition template. "We're confident Calty and TRD have developed another race auto, Supra, that is capable of winning races and championships".

Toyota will continue to use the Camry in the premier Cup Series in 2019. Still, with a Toyota badge planted up front and the Supra's now-familiar grille, it's a little more visually exciting than the current Camry racing in America's most popular motorsport series. Supras have competed in Super GT competition in Japan and the IMSA Camel GT Series in the 1980s, in addition to having appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the '90s.

"When Ed told me they were bringing Supra back, I nearly didn't believe him". To date, the Camry has gone to victory lane 142 times.

Toyota didn't say what's under the racing Supra's hood Thursday, but we imagine it's a beefy V-8 and 4-speed manual sending power to the rear wheels because NASCAR. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. A subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., TRD serves as the North American racing arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's factory racing engines and chassis. It will be his first start at the speedway in NASCAR's top series.

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