Toyota’s TS030 Le Mans Livery

When last we saw the Toyota TS030, they rolled out their Le Mans hybrid competitor at Spa for a photo shoot.  Sporting the familiar red and white livery, we were able to see significant changes in the body-work from what they rolled out just a few months ago.

Today, they unveiled their Le Mans colors.

 

Looking remarkably like the Peugeot 908 from the last few years, lets see if they can match the Pug’s success.  Hat tip to Tessa for the heads-up on the new-look Toyota.

In other racing news, the American Le Mans announced today they’re returning to Texas.

 The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) announced today that its 2013 season will include a race at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) – the soon-to-be-completed motorsports, entertainment and business development complex in Austin, Texas. The ALMS event will take place during the spring portion of the 2013 race schedule, which will be announced later this year.

Located less than 15 miles from the Texas state capital’s central business district, the unique 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas will serve as a leader in sustainability through high-performance operations, design, research, education and partnerships, track developers say.

“The opportunity to partner with the Circuit of The Americas and bring North America’s premier sports car racing series to fans across Texas, at what is going to be one of the finest road-racing facilities in the world, is a natural fit for all involved,” ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton said. “The addition of Circuit of The Americas to our schedule will be very well-received by our fans and stakeholders alike. We know we have a lot of ALMS fans in Texas, and for our teams, manufacturers and sponsors, Austin and the surrounding region represent an important new business market.”

“Our vision is to bring premier sports and entertainment programming to Circuit of The Americas and to partner with motorsports organizations that put a premium on innovation, fan experience and environmental sustainability,” Circuit President Steve Sexton said. “The American Le Mans Series – with its highly competitive, customer-focused programming and its well-known commitment to Green Racing – certainly fits that vision. The ALMS at Circuit of The Americas will be an endurance race, which will be another thrilling experience for fans. We know ALMS fans to be extremely loyal and engaged, and we look forward to showing them a great time in Central Texas.”

In 9 days, I’ll be boarding a plane bound for Paris.  3 days in Paris, followed by a day in Tours, a field trip to Le Mans to see the Toyota TS030 up close and personal, and finally the race.  I’ll update the blog and Facebook as often as I can.

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