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Toyota’s History In GT500, In Pictures

A quarter-century of Toyota's history in Super GT, two generations of Supras, three iterations of Lexus luxury cars!

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Toyota began their involvement in the premier class of the Super GT Series at the tail end of their inaugural season in 1994, then went full-time in 1995. Since then, Toyota have won more GT500 class races than any other manufacturer: As of the completion of the 2020 Super GT season, Toyota GT500 teams and vehicles have won 72 championship races, 10 GT500 Drivers’ Championships, and 9 GT500 Teams’ Championships.

This of course includes the years spent racing with the legendary fourth-generation Toyota Supra, and it includes the years where Toyota were represented by their Lexus luxury badge, with cars based on their popular performance models like the SC430, the RC F, and the LC500. In 2020, the Toyota badge returned in earnest with the arrival of the fifth-generation GR Supra to continue their incredible run on top of GT500.

This gallery is a year-by-year history of Toyota’s involvement in GT500, featuring many photographs from the Toyota Gazoo Racing media archives captured from 2000 to 2020.

Additional photographs come courtesy of two of Toyota’s longest-serving factory teams, TOM’s and SARD, as well as the archives of Suzuka Circuit/Mobilityland Corporation, and Fuji Speedway, as well as from veteran photographer “Hiro-kun” – whose work can be found on their Twitter profile, @kun71094249.