Toyota has unveiled its new race car for the 2022 NHRA season in Funny Car competition.
For the first time, Toyota will campaign the GR Supra beginning with the season kickoff event in Pomona in February. Toyota has competed with the Camry in Funny Car competition dating back to 2012. Prior, the Toyota Celica and Toyota Solara were run.
With the new body on the Funny Car for 2022, it marks the most significant styling characteristics of any previous Funny Car, according to the automaker.
“After 10 years of fielding the Camry in NHRA Funny Car competition, it’s really exciting for us to be moving to the GR Supra and ultimately the next generation of Funny Cars for NHRA,” said Paul Doleshal, group manager of motorsports for Toyota Motor North America.
Funny Car drivers J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria will pilot the new body for their respective teams in 2022.
Safety enhancements include giving the driver more visibility while sitting behind the wheel and adding more room around their helmets, along with additional safety foam in the cockpit.
“To be a part of the work to try to make these cars as safe as possible for us as drivers means a lot to me,” said Todd, who worked with TRD on the enhancements during the nearly two-year development process.