Out going Panasonic Toyota Racing team chairman and team principal, Tsutomu Tomita is to become the new chairman of Fuji Speedway.

Tomita's exit from the Cologne-based operation was confirmed at the end of April, when it was revealed that following a long overseas assignment he would return to Japan in June.

The 63-year-old now is looking forward to his new role, especially as Fuji Speedway, which is owned by Toyota, will host the Japanese Grand Prix for the first time since 1977 later on this year.

"I am looking forward to taking up my new role at Fuji Speedway. I would like to thank everyone at Toyota Motorsport and of course our partners for their encouragement and support during my time with the team in Formula 1," he stated.

"I am moving on to a new challenge with Fuji Speedway so I will continue to be involved in Formula 1. The Japanese Grand Prix is returning to Fuji Speedway after 30 years and I am sure we will host a successful event. I particularly hope to see the Toyota team achieve great things at Fuji Speedway."

Tomita's position at the Panasonic Toyota Racing team is to be filled by current vice chairman, Tadashi Yamashina.



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