Throwback Thursday May 1, 2014

It was 2006 at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races sponsored by Toyota.  Panasonic Toyota Formula 1 team brought their Toyota F1 car (TF106) in order to set the lap record at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. F1 Driver Ricardo Zonta on his second flying lap, set a new record for the modern track layout of 1:07.587, a tenth and a half quicker than Helio Castroneves' previous record, set in 2000 in a Champ Car.  it is unclear if the record has since been broken.

Sadly, Toyota withdrew from F1 at the end of 2009 season.   Estimates are that Toyota spent $300 million per year on their F1 effort never getting a race finish better than second place

 

© 2006- Mark Farouk

 

[embedplusvideo height="400" width="450" editlink="http://bit.ly/1fTEkLA" standard="http://www.youtube.com/v/I_bWOdY6mbU?fs=1" vars="ytid=I_bWOdY6mbU&width=450&height=400&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=" id="ep1589" /]

Shout Out to Ray at Foreign Parts Specialties!

The Ferrari