Following his retirement from driving after the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain, Alex Wurz will continue with Toyota Gazoo Racing in an ambassador and advisor role.
The move sees Wurz, a two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and arguably the flagship driver for Toyota’s LMP1 program having driven for the team since its 2012 debut, continue in a similar role with the manufacturer as Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello have with Audi.
In this role, Wurz will work with driver and team development and assist the LMP1 program trackside. It’s at least a two-year commitment.
“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,” Wurz said.
“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.”
“I am very pleased to confirm that Alex will remain with us in a new role,” added team principal Toshio Sato. “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.”