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A Short History of TRD

Jul 18, 2008
After his victory over the Pharnaces in 47 BC, Julius Caesar addressed his Senate and spoke the famous lines, "Veni, vidi, vici" - "I came, I saw, I conquered." Today, over 2000 years later, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) might say the same of every racing venue it has entered.

TRD landed in Costa Mesa, California in 1979 as a Toyota Motor Sales USA subsidiary with the official task of distributing and designing after market performance parts for TRD Japan. Over the next 30 years, the company developed into a complete engine development through assembly operation. TRD's cutting-edge racing technology entered every high-speed arena from dirt to stock and Indy cars, chocking up victories and establishing the company as a fearsome competitor. The journey began slowly, and then gained speed in the early 2000s. Today, TRD engineers design and build the V-8 Tundra and the V-8 Camry engine for their respective NASCAR series, as well as engines for factory-backed entries in Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR), National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the U.S. Auto Club Sprint Car and National Midget Car Racing Series, and the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

TRD partnered with the All American Racers (AAR) in 1983, producing a Celica in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) road racing competition. TRD-powered cars had moved up to the GTP class within six years, putting them in the elite level of American road racing. TRD also joined forces with Precision Preparation, Inc. to build off-road trucks for both the real world and the stadium. Toyota trucks took well to the dirt, achieving multiple wins in the Baja 500 and 1000 premier races, and the manufacturer's championship in the Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group SCORE and CORR series.

TRD began climbing up the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) ladder in 1996. June 2000 at the Milwaukee Mile marked TRD's first win in Indy car competition, with Juan Montoya at the wheel. In 2003, Gil DeFerran drove a TRD-powered Indy car to victory at the mother of all American races - the Indianapolis 500.

The next step was entry in NASCAR with the V-6 Celica Goody's Dash Program. In 2007, the V-8 Camry debuted at the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series, and Jason Leffler ended the Busch Series at O'Reilly Raceway Park third in points, netting TRD its first NASCAR win. David Reutimann earned a second place point finish in the series by winning the Sam's Town 250 in Memphis, and Dave Blaney got the Nextel Cup season record through his third place finish at Talladega.

TRD's success in the NASCAR series wasn't limited to stock cars. With a 2004 debut in the Craftsman Truck Series, TRD took the manufacturer's championship two years in a row (2006-07) and Todd Bodine took the driver's championship in '06.

In addition to these high profile venues, TRD USA includes victories in the NHRA's Funny Car series with Jerry Toliver at the Pomona Winternationals; domination of the 2003 IRL Indy-car series with 11 wins out of 16 races; four Daytona Prototype Driver's Championships since the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series started in 2004; USAC Sprint Car and Midget Car Racing Series wins; and a sweep of the 67th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale Speedway, with Dave Darland taking the Midget event, and Bobby Santos the Sprint Car.

TRD doesn't only mean Toyota Racing Development, although that is its official meaning. It also stands for "Top Results and Design.
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The author Jason Lancaster administrates TundraHeadquarters.com, a web site with info, news, and reviews of Toyota Tundra accessories and Tundra parts.
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