NEW SEASON, NEW NUMBERS

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s TS050 HYBRIDs will wear some familiar numbers in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López will race the #7 TS050 HYBRID at all WEC races in 2017. That number, which recalls memories of legendary TOYOTA 7 sportscar, was on the TS030 HYBRID when it won the team’s first WEC race in its debut season, 2012.

Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima will compete with the #8 car. Sébastien and Anthony have a strong association with that number, having won the 2014 drivers’ World Championship at the wheel of the #8 TS040 HYBRID.

The numbers seven and eight are traditionally associated with TOYOTA at Le Mans. TOYOTA cars have featured those numbers, often as #37 and #38, in 13 of the manufacturers’ 18 years of Le Mans competition.

At Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans, a third car, led by Stéphane Sarrazin, will wear #9. TOYOTA has never raced a #9 at Le Mans, although in 1998 Thierry Boutsen, Ralf Kelleners, Geoff Lees drove the #29 TS020.