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Forbush Moves to IMSA in Two-Car Toyota Supra GT4 Effort

Tom Long named lead pro driver in team’s two-car GS class operation…

Photo: Brian Cleary/SRO

Forbush Performance will field two Toyota GR Supra GT4 entries in IMSA Michelin Pilot Sport Challenge next year, moving away from SRO America competition. 

The Tennessee-based squad has brought on board former TCR class champion Tom Long as the lead pro driver in the effort. Remaining drivers have yet to be announced.

It had previously campaigned a single Toyota entry in Pirelli GT4 America competition this year, while also running in TC America.

“We have learned a lot about this car throughout the course of the 2021 season,” said team principal Matt Forbush. “We have found a great crew and exceptional engineers who are making great strides with the performance each time we get our hands on it.

“We have a significant amount of testing between now and the start of the 2022 season to ensure we show up in Daytona poised to run up front.”

The team’s two Supra GT4s will join existing Toyotas fielded by Riley Motorsports in the GS class, with additional cars rumored to be arriving as well.

“Forbush Performance may be new to the IMSA paddocks but I have been very fortunate to surround myself with an experienced, highly respected team that has brought us up to speed quickly and I expect that to show in the results,” Forbush added.

“Having Tom committed to the team provides a competitive advantage to the car he will be in on track and the program as a whole. On top of his ability to be lightning fast in the car, he has a great rapport with our engineers when working through setup, which is particularly critical anytime you have bronze drivers going in the car.

“Just as importantly, his expertise as a driving coach is invaluable to our drivers. I am not exactly sure what the driver lineups will look like yet but I do know that the Supra has tremendous potential to be successful with Forbush Performance in 2022.”

The team will make its IMSA debut in next month’s season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with a single Supra GT4 for Long and Luke Rumburg.

“Having worked with the program this year as the team coach and test driver, the growth and momentum the team has gained over the season has been very exciting and a lot of fun to be a part of,” Long said.

“I think the Supra is a terrific platform for GT4 competition, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to continue developing the program into a race winning caliber effort. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but I know the guys are up for the task.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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