Fangio, Takahashi, Suzuki and Misaki To Pilot Vintage Toyota Race Cars at Monterey Historic Race
Toyota is reaching back into its record books and bringing out vintage race cars paired with renowned drivers for the Rolex Monterey Historic Race at Laguna Seca, August 19-21. Four drivers will participate in demonstration laps on Friday and Sunday, and driver autograph sessions at the Toyota Motorsports display on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Juan Manuel Fangio II will once again be behind the wheel of the All American Racers-built Toyota Eagle Mark III IMSA GTP race car, now owned by Tom Malloy. Fangio debuted the Eagle Mark III at Laguna Seca in 1991 where he led for most of the race, but a penalty seven laps from the end dropped him from first to seventh place. Fangio went on to log 16 victories in the Mark III to become the winningest IMSA driver in the 90s.
Harukuni Takahashi will drive the Toyota 7 Can Am car which ran in Japan from the late 1960s to early 1970s. Takahashi began driving for Toyota in 1967. He became the All Japan T1 Champion in 1968 and went on to pilot a variety of vehicles including stock cars and sports cars before retiring in 1974.
Toshio Suzuki will be at the helm of a Le Mans TS020 car which he also drove to a second-place finish in the 199924 Hours of Le Mans. Suzuki won the All Japan KART Championship in 1977, was the 1979 Japanese Formula 3 champion and participated in European F3, as well.
Kiyoshi Misaki joined Toyota Works in 1967 and had many victories driving the 2000GT, Toyota 7 and others. At Monterey, he will drive the GT500 Supra from the Japanese Grand Touring Championship.
All four drivers will participate in demonstration laps:
Friday, August 19 from 10:10 -10:20 a.m.
Sunday, August 21 from 11:55 a.m. -12:10 p.m.
Additionally, driver appearances and autograph sessions at the Toyota
Motorsports display will be:
Friday, August 19 from 11-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 20 from 11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Sunday, August 21 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.