Toyota has announced that a special Toyota 86 is heading to the Pirelli World Challenge this month. Toyota Motorsport’s GmbH (TMG) 86 Cup Car will make its debut in the racing series at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah, August 11-13.
Entered in the TCA class, the 86 Cup Car will do battle in the PWC’s double-header race weekend and is scheduled to compete only in the two Utah PWC events, taking place outside Salt Lake City.
“Bringing the TMG 86 Cup Car to Pirelli World Challenge presents an opportunity to test and showcase the ability of our Toyota 86 in a competitive racing series,” said Keith Dahl, motorsports general manager for Toyota Motor North America. “The seasoned DG-Spec team won the PWC title for Scion in 2010 and we’re hopeful they can perform well with the 86. We have a great combination of team and driver with Craig Stanton to showcase the ability of this TMG-built 86, so we’re cautiously optimistic for solid results in the Utah double-header.”
Toyota decided to enter the TMG 86 Cup Car in PWC after the success of another Toyota 86. After a stock 86 with TRD parts and accessories bested the entire field at the local Spring Fling Autocross event in Southern California in March, Toyota officials began looking for additional opportunities to highlight the 86.