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Toyota has released the schedule for the inaugural GR Cup season. The GR86 racing series will debut at Sonoma Raceway in April 2023.

In each of the 14 races, TGRNA will pay an award for the top-eight finishes up to $12,000 for the race winner. TGRNA will also award $50,000 for the season-long champion. Additional offerings and prize packages will be unveiled at a later date.


PLANO, Texas (August 1, 2022) – Toyota Gazoo Racing North America (TGRNA) is pleased to unveil the inaugural GR Cup schedule, along with a portion of the purse offerings for the debut season.

In partnership with sanctioning body SRO America, the GR Cup will provide drivers and teams the opportunity to compete at some of the most iconic racing venues in North America. The single-make series, featuring the Toyota GR86, will make its debut at Sonoma Raceway in April 2023 before heading to the Circuit of the Americas in May. Virginia Motorsports Park is next up in June followed by the lone street course in Nashville as part of the Music City Prix weekend in August. The season will then close at Road America in August, Sebring International Raceway in September and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October. Each event weekend will consist of two races, with the season being 14 races in total.

“Everyone at Toyota is excited to unveil the GR Cup schedule along with some of our initial purse and prize offerings,” said David Wilson, president, Toyota Racing Development. “The schedule takes our teams to some of the most iconic venues in racing across this country. Additionally, the initial purse offerings further show Toyota’s commitment to this series long-term. We are thrilled to be able to offer such a lucrative race and championship winning purse in our first season.”

TGRNA is also pleased to unveil a portion of the purse and prize offerings for the season. In each of the 14 races, TGRNA will pay an award for the top-eight finishes up to $12,000 for the race winner. TGRNA will also award $50,000 for the season-long champion. Additional offerings and prize packages will be unveiled at a later date.

2023 GR Cup Schedule

March 30 to April 2 – Sonoma Raceway (Sonoma, California)
May 5 to 7 – Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas)
June 16 to 18 – Virginia International Raceway (Alton, Virginia)
August 4 to 6 – Nashville Music City Grand Prix (Nashville, Tennessee)
August 25 to 27 – Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin)
September 22 to 24 – Sebring International Raceway (Sebring, Florida)
October 6 to 8 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis, Indiana)

2023 Race Purse (for each of the 14 races)

1st $12,000
2nd $10,000
3rd $8,000
4th $5,000
5th $5,000
6th $5,000
7th $5,000
8th $5,000
Season-long drivers champion $50,000

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Okay imma go on a tiny tangent.

Racing is getting to be too expensive. Especially for entry level. I know it’s always been expensive and blah blah but I really feel the entry cost is getting out of hand.

What should happen is a more streamlined event schedule. Meaning we don’t just from the west coast to east coast then back to west coast. I understand there’s reasons for it but we should strive to work our way for ex. from east to west. It’d also be great if Toyota could simply ship the cars from track to track. This of course wouldn’t be free but it save teams from having to pay for all the fuel, vehicle and driver cost of transporting 20-30 cars separately. If we could get 3-4 semis who carry most/all cars from one track to the next that’d be ideal.

Next, these cars are far too advanced. This is basically your first step out of “autocross & time trials”, you should not have a sequential yet. Manual transmissions are far cheaper and more readily available and it allows these still “new” drivers to learn to manage the car. I’m okay with the coil-over and aero setup because it allows drivers to understand car setup.

Lastly I really think Toyota should allow “converted” street GR86 to compete. Toyota has the CAD design for the Cage so that should be available and customers with street cars should be allowed to either buy the tubing from Toyota or have a cage built to Toyota’s CAD spec.
 
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