Toyota is aiming to have potentially more factory supported Cup cars in 2019 than they had in 2018. That would mean the manufacturer is looking to support six cars next season after losing Furniture Row Racing.
Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson said there “absolutely is intent” for there to be “at least” five Toyota-supported cars in the Cup Series in 2019 and “potentially more.”
That”potentially more” drop by Wilson is interesting because that would mean Toyota would be adding two cars in 2019. The departing #78 team drops TRD supported cars to the four Joe Gibbs Racing Camrys.
Who Is Getting Added?
The rumors since Watkins Glen has been Leavine Family Racing will join the Toyota camp in 2019. The bigger question is will they be a one car or two car team when Daytona rolls around in February?
With Kasey Kahne retiring the team will have a different driver behind the wheel for the #95 for the third year in a row. Would they want to take on the burden of a second car? With TRD support it would certainly lighten the workload. We’ve seen in the past few weeks that manufactures incentivize teams to run more cars as Gene Haas sort of explained.
Who would run a second LFR car though? With Hemric likely headed to the #31 and Daniel Suarez to the #41 what drivers are left out there? Christopher Bell’s name will certainly pop up but Gibbs seems content to keep him in the Xfinity Series for another season. What they could do is run a partial schedule with one driver and Bell. Or just hire Regan Smith for a year.
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