Toyota Gazoo Racing hit the track at Sebring International Raceway today for the first time with its LMP1 class TS050 HYBRIDs as part of a three-day test.
The Japanese marque is running at Sebring ahead of the FIA WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring next month, with both its TS050s and all six drivers.
Toyota ran exclusively today, though it is set to be joined by multiple teams this week. RACER understands that Ford, AF Corse and Jackie Chan DC Racing are among those expected to test.
A source told RACER that Toyota wasn’t pushing for times today, although its lap times ran consistently below the best times from IMSA qualifying last March.
A Toyota spokesperson confirmed to RACER that Day 1 was for development and testing specific items before it takes on a 30-hour endurance test across the remaining days.
Next month’s race will be Toyota’s first at Sebring in LMP1. The team was not present at the inaugural FIA WEC round at the Florida circuit in 2012, the year it made its debut at Le Mans.
Today’s track action was also the first for an LMP1 Hybrid at the circuit since Audi’s pre-season test in 2016 ahead of its final FIA WEC LMP1 campaign.