Toyota chief to race at Nurburgring

Kyodo

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda will take the wheel in the Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race May 19 and 20, sources said.

Toyoda previously took part in the race in the village of Nurburg, 80 km south of Cologne, in 2007 and 2009, when he was vice president. It is rare for the president of a leading automaker to drive in a world-class race.

The Nurburgring Circuit is renowned for its 300-meter change in elevation. In 2009, Toyoda’s team of four driving the Lexus LF-A supercar came in 87th amid a field of around 170.