2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series Set to Get Dirty in SCORE Baja 1000 Race

Tundra Chief Engineer Puts Truck Through Ultimate Test
August 05, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (August 5, 2014) – Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and Toyota Truck Chief Engineer, Mike Sweers, enter the new 2015 Tundra TRD Pro Series in the 47th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The lightly modified Tundra Pro Series will compete in the Full Size Stock Class this November 12-16 in Ensenada, Mexico.

“My job is to ensure that the Tundra exceeds the expectations and demands of every single one of its owners,” said Sweers, Chief Engineer of Toyota Pickup Trucks. “With over 1,000 miles of harsh terrain, The Baja 1000 is the ultimate proving grounds for research and development that helps us to continuously improve our trucks.”

For 35 years and counting, TRD has been an integral component in Toyota’s success in the U.S., not only in numerous motorsports racing victories, but in the area of high quality performance parts and accessories. When TRD began developing the 2015 TRD Pro Series, they applied their many years of successful racing experience to make sure it was worthy of wearing the TRD Pro name.
 
“Competing in the Full Size Stock class allows our team to test the Tundra TRD Pro as close to stock as possible and showcase its strength and durability in the Mexican desert’s treacherous terrain,” said Andrew Franceschini, Toyota truck marketing and communications national manager. “Our goal is to finish this grueling race and to showcase just how awesome the new TRD Pro Series trucks are.”
 
TRD Pro Desert Race Team
Team Coach:
Ivan “Ironman” Stewart – Legendary Toyota Off-Road Racer, Off-Road Hall of Fame Member / 22-time SCORE Baja 500 and 1000 Champion / San Diego, CA
Navigator:
Mike Sweers – Chief Engineer of Toyota Trucks / Ann Arbor, MI
Drivers:
Ted Moncure – Toyota Racing Development Design Engineer / SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 class-champion / Long Beach, CA
 
Andy Bell – Toyota Athlete / SCORE Baja 500 Champion / Guinness World Record holder Long Beach, CA                      
  
Jamie Bestwick – Toyota Athlete / Professional BMX Vert Rider / 9-time winner X-Games Winner / Port Matilda, PA
 
Ryan Millen – SCORE Baja 1000 and 500 Competitor / Son of off-road legend Rod Millen / San Juan Capistrano, CA   
 
TRD Pro Series
The TRD Pro Series is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road package was introduced for Tacoma. Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road packages designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). For more details on the TRD Pro Series visit: http://www.toyota.com/upcoming-vehicles/trdpro.html
 
TRD Pro Desert Race Truck Specs  
     
2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Crewmax 4x4 5.7L V8
Item Manufacturer Details
Front Shocks Bilstein TRD tuned-Blackhawk Bypass
Rear Shocks Bilstein TRD tuned-Blackhawk Bypass
Front Springs Eibach Coil
Rear Springs Deaver Leaf
Tires BFGoodrich® 37" Baja T/A KR2
Wheels TRD 17" Forged
Brakes Toyota TRD Performance Brake Pads
Tube Roll Cage Herbst/Smith Fabrication 2" .120 Wall Chromoly
Oil Accumulator Accu-Sump 3 Qt. Capacity
Fuel Cell Fuel Safe Custom
Batteries Optima Blue Top
Race Seats (Qty. 3) Mastercraft 3G
Seat Harnesses & Window Nets Mastercraft  N/A
Front Lights Hella HID
A Pillar Lights Hella LED Rally 4000
Cold Air Intake TRD Custom Cold Air
Exhaust TRD Custom Cat-back Exhaust
Control Arms Toyota OEM component
Uprights Toyota OEM component
Tie Rods Toyota OEM component
Wheel Bearings Toyota OEM component
Hubs Toyota OEM component
Driver GPS/Nav Lowrance 6"
Navigator GPS/Nav Lowrance 10"
Race Radio Kenwood TK-790H 110 Watts
Intercom PCI Comlink 10 Elite
 
About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
 
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
Media Contacts
Toyota Division Communications
Craig Taguchi          (310) 468-3282 or craig_taguchi@toyota.com
Sam Butto              (310) 468-7728 or sam_butto@toyota.com
 
Media Web site: http://www.toyotanewsroom.com
Public Web site: http://www.toyota.com

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