Profiles of the Nissan-affiliated teams and of their drivers
#23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R
NISMO is active in top racing categories around the world, including SUPER GT. Unfortunately, NISMO was unable to stand on the podium on a regular basis last season, but captivated fans with high level battles at every opportunity. With the trade of Satoshi Motoyama, who had served as the ace driver of NISMO for 13 years, Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli, winners of successive driver's titles in 2011 and 2012, have been summoned to the team.
#1 S Road REITO MOLA GT-R
In the two years since stepping up to the GT500 class in 2011, MOLA has won consecutive driver's and team titles. MOLA is the first team in the history of SUPER GT to accomplish such a feat. This year, they face the competition with the addition of Satoshi Motoyama to the team. Yuhi Sekiguchi will serve as Motoyama's partner after stepping up from the GT300 class, where he drove a GT-R.
#12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R
Machines colored in Calsonic Blue have remained a constant since the JGTC era. TEAM IMPUL, led by Kazuyoshi Hoshino, the original “Fastest man in Japan”, will battle through the 2013 season led by the rock-solid duo of Tsugio Matsuda and João Paulo de Oliveira. TEAM IMPUL is the only NISSAN GT-R team to use Bridgestone tires.
#24 D'station ADVAN GT-R
KONDO RACING is now entering its eighth year in SUPER GT, having started its participation in 2006. Masahiko Kondo, who is active in racing while also balancing a career in acting, leads the team that has used only Yokohama tires since its inception. This season the team's ace driver Hironobu Yasuda has a new partner: an experienced world championship winner, Michael Krumm.
#3 S Road NDDP GT-R
Last year, NDDP RACING entered the GT300 class as part of the “Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP)” at Nissan/NISMO, which was started as a program to train younger drivers. Kazuki Hoshino, who has experience as a trainer for younger drivers, will race alongside last year's Japanese Formula 3 Championship N-Class Champion, Daiki Sasaki. They will race for the series title under the leadership of manager Masahiro Hasemi, who is regarded for his ability to train younger drivers.