On the date that the Super TC2000 will play this weekend in San Juan el Toyota GAZOO Racing Argentina will celebrate the 250 races Toyota in the category, a milestone that reinforces the Japanese brand's commitment to motorsport.
Toyota's history in the category and in motorsport in Argentina dates back to 1999 when Gustavo and Darío Ramonda gave shape to an ambitious sports project called Toyota Team Argentina. The preparatory work of several months saw the light of March 12, 2000 when two Toyota Corolla officers, in the hands of Juan Maria Traverso y Lucas Armellini, took part of the first TC2000 date of that year.
The results came immediately. Precisely on that debut, and with an eighth place, Toyota managed to score its first points in the championship. It was an auspicious start for a campaign that would reach its first triumph that same season, at the end of the year in Paraná and with the help of Traverso.
The constant work paid off and made it possible to achieve absolute success in the 2002 season, when the team won the first Drivers' Championship with Norberto Fontana, the Equipment and the Brands. Later, this same story would be repeated with the absolute consecrations obtained in the 2011 and 2013 seasons together with Matias Rossi, in addition to the runners-up in 2002 (Omar Martínez), 2011 (Mariano Werner), 2012 and 2016 (Rossi).
“Celebrating the team's 250 races within the STC2000 is an enormous joy and also a source of pride, as it truly represents Toyota's long-term vision. In all these years important results have been achieved, but above all a great team has been consolidated, with great professionals ", he claimed Daniel Herrero, President Toyota Argentina.
"This new milestone demonstrates the brand's commitment to Argentine motorsports and to the constant development of new technologies and competing solutions, challenging ourselves, learning from each situation and inspiring us to build better and better vehicles", added the executive.
“Reaching this milestone fills each of the team members with pride. More than 18 years ago, with my brother Gustavo, we started a sports project that we set ourselves to be solid, professional and transcendent. We can consider that we have achieved this objective by traveling a path full of constant challenges and important achievements ”, assured Darío Ramonda, head of the TGRA.
The Toyota GAZOO Racing Argentina, the name that the team has taken since the 2017 season, adapting to Toyota's international sports project in motorsports, is the sports structure with the longest trajectory within the Super TC2000 with an uninterrupted presence since 2000.
Championships: 3 (2002, Norberto Fontana, 2011 and 2013, Matías Rossi)
Sub championships: 4 (2002, Omar Martínez; 2011, Mariano Werner, 2012 and 2016, Rossi)
Total podiums: 104
Total laps covered in the race: 18.660
Total kilometers traveled in the race: 68.990
Different Generations of Toyota Corolla: 4