NASCAR Toyota Series

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Not to be confused with Toyota Racing Series.
NASCAR Toyota Series
NASCAR Toyota Series.png
Category Stock Cars
Country Mexico
United States
Inaugural season 2004
Constructors Chevrolet
Ford
Toyota
Mazda
Tire suppliers Goodyear
Drivers' champion Jorge Goeters
Teams' champion Team GP
Makes' champion Mazda
Official website www.nascarmexico.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The NASCAR Toyota Series (formerly NASCAR Mexico Corona Series and NASCAR Corona Series) is a NASCAR series in Mexico. It is the most important stock car racing series in the country.

Origins (Desafío Corona)[edit]

Main article: Desafío Corona

The Desafío Corona was established in 2004 by NASCAR Mexico, a joint-venture between NASCAR and Mexican entertainment group OCESA, with the idea of developing stock car racing in Mexico, and fueling a transition from the country’s historically open-wheel racing fan base to stock car racing.[1]

From 2004 to 2006, the Desafío Corona grew considerably in infrastructure, as well as in number of fans, drivers and sponsors.

Present[edit]

NASCAR Corona Series logo, 2007-2010
NASCAR Corona Series logo, 2011

The NASCAR Mexico Corona Series was officially presented at the 2006 Desafío Corona award ceremony. Starting in 2007, NASCAR is the sanctioning body of the series.[2] As of 2012 the series was renamed the NASCAR Toyota Series[3]

The series is one of three NASCAR-sanctioned international series, the others are the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the NASCAR Euro Racecar Series. Following North American short-track racing trends to cut costs and unify rules among different tours, NASCAR is considering changes to the Canadian Tire and Corona Series where the two series adopt the Grand National rules as to allow the competitors to use the same cars in NASCAR Grand National Division races.

The winner of the Corona Series receives an invitation to the UNOH Battle at the Beach, formerly the Toyota All-Star Showdown. All other drivers may also attempt to qualify by entering the heat races.

Toyota Series tracks[edit]

In the 8 seasons, has been used 14 tracks in 12 venues (two in Santiago de Querétaro and two in San Luis Potosí). Currently, six oval tracks are used, only Autódromo Monterrey is a road circuit. Three tracks has been used in two configurations. Autódromo Monterrey long and frijol, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in NASCAR Nationwide and oval, Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in a 2.75 km layout and oval.

Autódromo Potosino is the shortest track (0.804 km) and Autódromo Monterrey the longest (3.4 km).

San Luis Potosí is the venue with more races (20, 18 in Autódromo Potosino and 2 in Parque Tangamanga II)

NASCAR Mexico had powered the construction of oval tracks in México, Autódromo Potosino was remodeled in 2001, Aguascalientes,[4] Chiapas,[5] Querétaro[6] had new tracks for NASCAR events. In 2012, a speedway in Chihuahua is scheduled for inauguration.[7]

For 2013, a race in the Southwestern United States will be held, a 75-lap, 75-mile (122 km) race at Phoenix International Raceway during the Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 weekend.

Venue Tracks Races Last
San Luis Potosí Autódromo Potosino
Autódromo San Luis 400
21 2012
México City Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez 16 2011
Querétaro Autódromo del EcoCentro
Autódromo de Querétaro
16 2012
Guadalajara Trióvalo Bernardo Obregón 15 2010
Puebla Autódromo Miguel E. Abed 13 2011
Monterrey Autódromo Monterrey 12 2012
Zacatecas Autódromo de Zacatecas 8 2009
Tuxtla Gutiérrez Autódromo Chiapas 6 2011
Aguascalientes Autódromo de Aguascalientes 6 2011
León Autódromo de León 2 2004
Torreón Autódromo Dinamita 1 2004

Cars[edit]

Corona Series cars

In the first season, only General Motors (through its Pontiac division) and Dodge participated in the series.[8] Ford made its debut in 2005 with its Mustang model,[9] but since 2006, the Fusion is the Ford model entry.[10] In 2009, Toyota started its participation with its Camry. The Mazda 6 was first entered in 2010.[11] As with the other NASCAR divisions in the United States, Dodge subsequently pulled its factory support and no longer participates in the Mexican series.

Most wins[edit]

Rank Manufacturer Wins Races % Wins
1 United States General Motors 46 113 40.7%
2 United States Ford 29 98 29.6%
3 Japan Toyota 16 41 39.01%
4 United States Dodge 15 110 13.6%
5 Japan Mazda 6 27 22.2%

Specifications[edit]

  • Chassis: Steel tube frame with safety roll cage, must be NASCAR standards.
  • Engine Displacement: 5.7 L (5,700 cc) (350 in³) V8.
  • Transmission: 4 Speed Manual.
  • Weight: 2,680 lb (1,216 kg) Minimum (without driver).
  • Power Output: 400 hp.
  • Torque: 394 ft·lbf (534 N·m).
  • Fuel: 98 octane unleaded gasoline provided by Pemex.
  • Fuel capacity: 15 US gal (57 L).
  • Fuel delivery: Carburetion.
  • Compression ratio: 9.3:1.
  • Aspiration: Naturally aspirated.
  • Wheelbase: 107 in (2,718 mm).
  • Tires: Slick tires provided by Goodyear.
  • Length: 205.25 in (5,213 mm).
  • Width: 74 in (1,880 mm).
  • Height: 52 in (1,321 mm).
  • Safety equipment: HANS device, Seat belt.

Champions[edit]

Germán Quiroga, three times champion (2009-11)

Six drivers have won the championship. The Telcel team is the most successful with four drivers' championships. Antonio Pérez, Sergio Pérez's brother, is the youngest champion (22 years old), and Rafael Martínez the eldest. (45 years old).[12] Only, Germán Quiroga has won the title in three occasions.

Season Driver Owner(s) No. Manufacturer Starts Wins Top 10s Poles Points (margin)
2004 Carlos Pardo 6 Pontiac 14 4 12 2 2326 (69)
2005 Jorge Goeters Ramiro Fidalgo 18 Pontiac / Dodge 14 4 4
2006 Rogelio López Pontiac / Dodge 14 5 7
2007 Rafael Martínez Ramiro Fidalgo 18 Ford 14 5 7
2008 Antonio Pérez Jimmy Morales 1 Dodge 14 5 2 2182 (29)
2009 Germán Quiroga Mónica Morales 2 Ford 14 3 12 4 2273 (276)
2010 Germán Quiroga Mónica Morales 2 Dodge 14 3 11 2 2173 (150)
2011 Germán Quiroga Mónica Morales 2 Dodge 14 3 12 2 2272 (286)
2012 Jorge Goeters Ramiro Fidalgo 31 Mazda 14 2 12 0 539 (34)
2013 Rodrigo Peralta Denisse Guaida 24 Ford 14 1 11 0 1198 (8)
2014

Rookie of the Year[edit]

Season Driver Car Team
2004 Mexico Ignacio Alvarado Pontiac Alvarado Racing
2005 Mexico Patricio Jourdain Ford Motorcraft Racing
2006 Mexico Antonio Pérez Pontiac Escudería Telmex
2007 Mexico Mike Sánchez Chevrolet MAG Paper
2008 Mexico Irwin Vences Ford FCV Racing
2009 Mexico Alejandro Capín Chevrolet MT Sport Marketing
2010 Mexico Daniel Suárez Dodge SC Racing/Equipo Telcel
2011 Mexico Enrique Contreras III Dodge Fénix Racing Team
2012 Mexico Rubén Garcia, Jr. Toyota SC Racing
2013
2014

Series winners[edit]

List of winners[edit]

As July 28, 2013

Key
Driver is currently racing in the 2014 season
Italics NASCAR Mexico Champion
Rank Driver Wins First Last
1 Aguascalientes Rogelio López 21 2004 Guadalajara 2 2012 Puebla 2
2 Nuevo León Rafael Martínez 19 2005 Guadalajara 2 2013 Chiapas
3 Mexico City Germán Quiroga 17 2004 San Luis Potosí 1 2011 Aguascalientes 2
4 Mexico City Jorge Goeters 13 2004 México City 1 2012 Monterrey 2
5 Mexico City Homero Richards 12 2009 Guadalajara 2013 San Luis Potosí 1
6 Jalisco Antonio Pérez 11 2007 Monterrey 2 2012 Aguascalientes 1
7 Mexico City Carlos Pardo 10 2004 Torreón 2009 Puebla 1
8 Mexico City Rubén Rovelo 6 2008 Guadalajara 1 2012 Aguascalientes 2
9 Mexico City Patrick Goeters 4 2005 México City 1 2011 Monterrey 1
9 Mexico City Rubén Pardo 4 2004 Querétaro 2 2012 Chihuahua
9 Nuevo León Daniel Suárez 4 2012 México City 1 2013 Monterrey
12 Mexico City Carlos Contreras 2 2004 Guadalajara 1 2004 Querétaro 1
12 Mexico City Freddy Tame Jr. 2 2006 Puebla 3 2007 Querétaro 1
14 Nuevo León César Tiberio Jiménez 1 2004 Monterrey 2004 Monterrey
14 Jalisco Fernando Plata 1 2006 San Luis Potosí 1 2006 San Luis Potosí 1
14 Mexico City Ricardo Pérez de Lara 1 2008 Zacatecas 2008 Zacatecas
14 Argentina Waldemar Coronas 1 2008 Querétaro 2 2008 Querétaro 2
14 Mexico City José Luis Ramírez 1 2010 Chiapas 2 2010 Chiapas 2
14 Mexico City Hugo Oliveras 1 2012 México City 2 2012 México City 2
14 Nuevo León Abraham Calderón 1 2013 Phoenix 2013 Phoenix
14 Nuevo León Héctor Aguirre 1 2013 Mexico City 1 2013 Mexico City 1
14 Mexico City Rubén García, Jr 1 2013 Aguascalientes 1 2013 Aguascalientes 1

University of Northwestern Ohio Battle at the Beach[edit]

Toyota Series champions are invited to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown (now the University of Northwestern Ohio Battle at the Beach). In 2011 Daniel Suárez, Germán Quiroga and Rubén Rovelo took part. They finished in 11th, 12th and 30th, respectly.[13]

The 2012 Series champion, along with international counterparts in Canada and Europe, will be invited to participate with an automatically exempt entry in any of the three divisions (Late Model, K&N Pro, Whelen Modified) in the Battle at the Beach, which will be held a week and a half before the series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

Year Race Venue Driver Start Finish
2007 Toyota All-Star Showdown Irwindale Mexico City Ruben Pardo 29 21
2008 Toyota All-Star Showdown Aguascalientes Rogelio López 16 13
Jalisco Antonio Pérez 40 31
2009 Toyota All-Star Showdown Jalisco Antonio Pérez 8 18
2010 Last Chance Mexico City Ruben Rovelo 1 9
2011 Toyota All-Star Showdown Nuevo León Daniel Suárez 12 11
Mexico City German Quiroga 25 12
Mexico City Ruben Rovelo 19 30
2012 UNOH Battle At The Beach Daytona Mexico City Jorge Goeters TBD 13

Female drivers[edit]

To date, three women have started a NCS race. Mara Reyes scored a pole position in her first race.

Driver Season Entries Starts Wins Top 10
Mexico Mara Reyes 2004–2005 28 28 0 20
Mexico Leslie González 2005 1 1 0 0
Mexico Estefania Reyes 2007, 2010–2011 21 17 0 0

Others NASCAR series[edit]

Scott Riggs, the most successful driver in NASCAR that raced in NTS.

Some drivers have taken part in Nationwide Series, but only Jorge Goeters and Scott Riggs have raced in Sprint Cup. Rubén Pardo, Rogelio López and Daniel Suárez have won in the K&N Pro Series East.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers[edit]

Two drivers have raced both NASCAR Corona Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Driver Seasons Cup Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10
Mexico Jorge Goeters 2005 1 0 0 0
United States Scott Riggs 2004–2013 204 0 4 16

References[edit]