Toyota Motorsports and TRD announce Grand American Daytona Prototype Contingency Award program. TORRANCE, Calif (Sept. 5, 2002) - Toyota Motorsports and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) announced a contingency award program for the 2003 ...
Toyota Motorsports and TRD announce Grand American Daytona Prototype Contingency Award program.
TORRANCE, Calif (Sept. 5, 2002) - Toyota Motorsports and Toyota Racing Development (TRD) announced a contingency award program for the 2003 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. Privateer teams who utilize the TRD-built Toyota Daytona Prototype V8 for competition in the Daytona Prototype will be eligible for the cash awards.
"We have designed the Daytona Prototype contingency program as a way to financially assist teams who choose the TRD-built Toyota Daytona Prototype V8 engine, especially those that can run up front and win," said Jim Aust, president and CEO of TRD. "We are encouraged by the number of chassis builders and engine suppliers that have announced plans to compete in the series. The competition will be intense, and the fans will see great racing."
The contingency award program for teams competing in the Daytona Prototype class with TRD-built Toyota Prototype V8 engine will include the following:
First Toyota - $2,000
Second Toyota - $1,000
First Overall Bonus - $5,000
Second Overall Bonus - $3,000
Daytona 24-Hour First Overall Bonus - $10,000
Series Manufacturer's Championship - $10,000
TRD is currently developing the 4.3-liter, four-cam, 32-valve, Toyota Daytona Prototype V8 powerplant, which will be submitted for Grand American certification this month. TRD-built race engines will be ready for shipment in late November, which will allow Toyota-powered teams time to test before the 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona in February 2003 at Daytona International Speedway.
Further details on the Daytona Prototype contingency program will be provided when the complete 2003 Toyota Motorsports/TRD Contingency Award Program is announced later this year. In addition to the Grand American Rolex series, Toyota Motorsports and TRD provide contingency awards to Toyota-powered teams competing in several racing series.
Participation in the Grand Am Daytona Prototype program will continue Toyota's sports prototype heritage in the U.S. Toyota-powered prototypes dominated U.S. road racing in the early 1990s, including a victory at the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 1993.
TRD, U.S.A. commenced its operation in 1979 as the North American technical arm for design, development and assembly of Toyota's racing engines. Championship-caliber powerplants have been produced for various series including CART; IMSA; SCORE, MTEG and CORR off-road racing; Toyota Atlantic; NASCAR Goody's Dash; SCCA; and Pikes Peak. TRD also distributes a premium quality line of high-performance aftermarket parts for Toyota products.