Toyota Hopeful of LMH in IMSA; Rolex 24 Prospects

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Toyota expresses interest in contesting Rolex 24, Motul Petit Le Mans should Le Mans Hypercars become eligible in IMSA…

Toyota Gazoo Racing team director Rob Leupen says he‘s hopeful of the Le Mans Hypercar platform being eligible to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which could allow Toyota to be on the grid in key endurance races such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Japanese manufacturer, which is still moving ahead with the build of its GR Super Sport-based LMH prototype despite various parts shortages related to the coronavirus pandemic, has not ruled out participation in selected IMSA races should its car be eligible.

ACO and IMSA convergence plans have so far called for LMH and the jointly-developed LMDh platforms to race together in the FIA World Endurance Championship beginning with the 2021-22 season, although IMSA has not yet declared if LMH would be eligible in the WeatherTech Championship once LMDh takes over from DPi in 2022.

Speaking with Sportscar365, Leupen expressed interest in taking the factory outfit to Daytona and potentially Motul Petit Le Mans but stressed that its main program would remain in the WEC.

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