Toyota Siennas Join the One Lap of America Race

When one thinks of the One Lap of America race, it’s likely that sports cars, sedans, and the occasional truck comes to mind. The last thing many people would expect is a minivan. The Toyota Sienna is out to break that vision by taking on the ultimate road trip to prove, once and for all, that it’s the ultimate trip-ready vehicle.

The race lasts a total of eight days and two Toyota Sienna concepts will make the run, keeping pace with the rest of the pack. With the perfect amount of comfort, utility, and versatility, there’s little doubt the Siennas will cross the finish in good time.

“What could be a better test of our amazing Sienna minivan than putting it through the rigors of one of the ultimate endurance races,” said Andrew Lund, the Sienna’s chief engineer.  “It’s really the best of both worlds to drive on public roads and then compete on so many unique courses.”

Top Gear host Rutledge Wood and Grand-Am Rolex GT Champion Craig Stanton will be the primary drivers behind the wheel of the Siennas. The Siennas won’t be the only badged Toyotas.

The Toyota Engineering Motorsports team modified a TRD FR-S (soon to be the Toyota 86) and Avalon. Six engineers will hit the road in the cars to further the “One Toyota” motto.

The One Lap of America race covers a dozen states, 3,000 miles, and includes a ton of fun!

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota are proud to see the Sienna proving that it truly is the road-trip-ready vehicle!

Toyota Announces Winners of TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Toyota sets out to challenge teenagers’ creativity and video-making skills every year with the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. Closing out its fifth year, the challenge encourages teens to take a closer look at safe driving by putting together their very own public service announcements. This year, more submissions came in than ever before and the winner was everything but your average car safety commercial.

Matthew Post and John Caporaletti, students at Sherwood High School in Olney, Maryland, created the winning video. Titled “For the Whales,” the video compares driving a vehicle to driving a beluga whale. The humorous video makes quite a few good points and, at just a minute long, is definitely worth the watch.

For their video, the dynamic duo took home $15,000. In addition to that prize, a Discovery film crew will reshoot the ad and make it into a public service announcement that will run on Discovery networks.

Judges that represent Toyota and Discovery Education, a provider of digital content and development for students through high school, selected the winning video. In all, this year’s contest brought in more than 1,500 entries.

We here at Bill Walsh Toyota would like to congratulation Post and Caporaletti on a job well done!