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SURPRISE: Toyota 86 Podiums in its Debut at Pirelli World Challenge

Racing is the ultimate test of man and machine. It takes months of preparation and thousands of man-hours to build a competitive car. When Dan Gardner and his team at DG-Spec Racing got the "green light" to go racing, they had a ridiculously-short 35 days until the Utah event. Most other teams would have quit and said, "No way." Not Dan and his crew. They hunkered down and got to work, logging thousands of hours, many of which were volunteer hours. They took the 2017 Toyota 86 from SEMA, which was a real race car, just not one designed to race in the U.S., and turned it into a Pirelli World Challenge TCA race car. The team often worked around the clock to make sure they were ready, and the results speak for themselves. The 86 finished on the podium in 3rd place, the first podium for this version of the car ever in North America.

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FJ SUMMIT—The fun of Getting dirty

When you're a kid, it's fun to get dirty. Well, not much changes as an adult: When summertime hits, it's time to escape the concrete jungles and head to Ouray, Colorado—because life's too short to always have clean fingernails. Every year, Toyota 4X4 owners pack up their rigs and trek to the annual FJ Summit. And it's unlike anything you've seen before with 383 Toyota 4x4s and over 800 off-road addicts all in the same place at the same time. Toyotas as far as the eye can see. And for this year's 11th annual FJ Summit, they drove in from 40 different states and Canada—all with one purpose: To get dirty—because the mud will wash off, but the memories last a lifetime.

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Back to the track:
Lexus Racing

To the uninitiated, "going racing" seems simple: Buy a car. Fill it with gas. Hit the track. In reality, it doesn't work that way. In fact, it takes a gargantuan effort to get a car and team race-ready: countless hours refining the chassis, streamlining the body and building engines that can endure the stress of racing 24 hours straight. Then you have to select a team of championship caliber drivers. So, before 3GT Racing's two Lexus RC Fs made their debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, countless hours and sleepless nights went into preparing this team for the heat of battle in the IMSA GTD class.

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Brandon walsh / homemade sports

Few people can trace the start of their racing career back to a single moment. Brandon Walsh can. It was June 5, 2005—he had just turned 18 and his buddy Mark called and said, "I'm going to pick you up tomorrow morning—we're going to Mexico to watch the 500." Brandon initially said no—he had no interest in racing. But at 4:30 a.m. the next day, Mark picked him up, they headed south of the border, and Brandon instantly fell in love with racing. So much so, he...

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