TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is proud to announce that Alex Wurz will take on a new role within its World Endurance Championship project.
Last month’s Six Hours of Bahrain, in which Alex finished on the podium, was his final race behind the wheel. He will move into a new position as advisor and ambassador for the team.
He will assist with driver and team development as well as promoting TOYOTA’s hybrid LMP1 technology at the race track and beyond. Already during his time as a driver with the team, Alex has made a substantial contribution in each of these areas.
Alex will continue with various other activities, including his work in Formula 1, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, as well as his track design and driver training business
Today’s announcement extends Alex’s career at TOYOTA by at least two years and recognises the significant place he has in the team’s history.
He was the first driver signed to the WEC project in late 2011, going on to take the team’s first pole and victory in the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in 2012 prior to playing a major role in the 2014 manufacturers’ World Championship title.
Toshio Sato, Team President: “I am very pleased to confirm that Alex will remain with us in a new role. His experience and understanding of top-level motorsport has already proved invaluable to us and we expect him to play an important role in the future. As well as the input he can offer our drivers and engineers, as a two-time Le Mans winner and highly-respected personality in motorsport, Alex will be a great ambassador for our team. I am happy Alex remains part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing family and I am looking forward to working with him in this new position.”
Alex Wurz, Team Advisor and Ambassador: “I always intended that the end of my racing career would not be the end of my active involvement in motorsport, so I am pleased to start a new chapter in my life with TOYOTA. We have experienced a lot together since the beginning of this project and it is exciting to be part of the team’s future. With a new car coming in 2016 and the WEC going from strength to strength, there is a lot to be excited about as we fight to reclaim our place at the front.”