Media Information: TOYOTA Racing at Le Mans 24 hours
TOYOTA Racing takes parts in the 90th anniversary edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours this week (22-23 June), the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
You can stay up to date with the team's progress via several channels, whilst also taking advantage of various assets which are rights-free for media use:
CGI Video and Stills
To further explain the philosophy and principles behind the TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing, media can download a CGI video, plus associated still graphics, from the media section of www.toyotahybridracing.com. This material will be available from 19 June.
High-resolution images of TOYOTA Racing's Le Mans test and previous rounds of the WEC, plus portraits of all drivers and the TS030 HYBRID, are available via the media section of www.toyotahybridracing.com. The media section will be updated with new photos throughout the week.
The 2013 TOYOTA Racing press kit is available for download via http://corporatemedia.toyota.eu/newsroom/535/1199/press-kits
TOYOTA Racing will issue a press release approximately two hours after the end of each day's track action. During the race, regular bulletins will be issued including comments from team members. These will be issued via our press release distribution list and published on www.toyotahybridracing.com.
TOYOTA Racing will issue regular updates via the TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ToyotaMotorsport) and the TOYOTA Racing Twitter feed (@Toyota_Hybrid). The playlist on TMG's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/ToyotaMotorsportGmbH) will be updated with driver video diaries during the week. Additionally, for a fans view of the event, TOYOTA Racing's two 'official supporters' will post reports on ms.toyota.co.jp/en/wec/lemans/joinlemans2013/report. The Toyota Europe corporate blog will be updated direct from the track on: blog.toyota.eu.
A 'Meet the Team' open media opportunity will be held in the team's catering area in the paddock on Thursday 20 June from 15.00 to 15.30. The pre-race TOYOTA Racing press conference will take place on Friday 21 June at midday at the TOYOTA hospitality suite in the Parc du Raccordement. All accredited media are invited on a first come, first served basis.
TOYOTA Racing PR members will be based in the press room at Le Mans. Availability is strictly limited but we will endeavour to meet as many requests as possible. Please direct any interview requests to them on-site.
About TOYOTA Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship:
TOYOTA first competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 1983, marking the start of a long period of participation in endurance racing which included several editions of the Le Mans 24 Hours. TOYOTA cars have raced in 14 Le Mans 24 Hours races, with a total of 38 vehicles taking part. For 2012, TOYOTA returned to endurance racing as a full-time entrant with a hybrid LMP1 car, the TS030 HYBRID. This car won for the first time at the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in September, just its third race and went on to win three of the six races it competed. The chassis, modified for 2013, has been designed and built by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG), where the race team is based. TMG is the former home of TOYOTA's World Rally and Formula 1 works teams, and was responsible for design and operation of TOYOTA's TS020 (GT-One) Le Mans car in 1998-99. TMG now combines works motorsport participation with a new direction as a high-performance engineering services provider to third party companies, as well as the TOYOTA family.
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