Furniture Row Racing To Run Toyotas In 2016

Furniture Row Racing To Run Toyotas In 2016

by September 27, 2015 0 comments

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

LOUDON, N.H. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Furniture Row Racing announced on Sunday that the team will be switching from Chevrolet to Toyota in 2016.

The team, along with driver, Martin Truex Jr. currently sit 11th in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. So far this season, Truex Jr. has amassed a win at Pocono Raceway, as well as seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes. Truex Jr. is competing in his second season with Furniture Row Racing. However, Truex Jr. is no stranger to Toyota. From 2010 through the 2013 season, he competed in Toyotas while driving for Michael Waltrip Racing. Furniture Row Racing also announced that the team has picked up Truex Jr’s. contract option, and he will pilot the car next season.

“I know the folks from Toyota and I am looking forward to being part of their team again,” Truex Jr. said. “They build fast engines and having a technical alliance with the highly-successful Joe Gibbs Racing is an added bonus to our program. While our primary focus right now is on the Chase, I am eagerly looking forward to what is in store for our Furniture Row Racing team.”

With the switch in manufacturers, Furniture Row Racing will leave its current technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and will enter an alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. Toyota Racing Development (TRD) will also build the engines for the single-car team based in Denver, Colorado.

“Partnering with Furniture Row Racing is a great fit for Toyota and we look forward to the team fielding a Camry in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2016,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. “Furniture Row Racing has proven to be a race-winning organization and we are confident the technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing will make Camrys even more competitive and improve performance on the race track. We welcome Furniture Row to the Toyota Racing family and are thrilled to have a championship-caliber driver like Martin Truex Jr. back in the Toyota lineup.”

Furniture Row Racing has been competing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since the MBNA NASCAR RacePoints 400 at Dover International Speedway back in 2005. The organization’s first win came in 2011 when Regan Smith won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The switch to Toyota will certainly be quite a move, but the single-car team has continued to find success throughout the ever changing sport within the past decade.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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