Their first challenge is planned to be the seven-hour endurance race in June 2020
It was announced on November 2 that VART (Voice Actors Racing Team), the first genuine racing team in the voice actor world was officially formed. 57-year-old Masafumi Mima (the sound director of the Initial D anime franchise) leads the team as the team manager. And four renowned anime voice actors are listed as its members:
- Shinichiro Miki (51/Takumi Fujiwara in Initial D)
- Daisuke Namikawa (43/Goemon Ishikawa in Lupin The Third)
- Kaito Ishikawa (26/Tenya Iida in My Hero Academia)
- Tasuku Hatanaka (25/Yuma Tsukumo Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal)
Among the five, Hatanaka confirms on his official Twitter that he does not have a driver's license yet and that a web documentary series to follow the process of his challenge to obtain it has started streaming bimonthly on Rakuten TV's voice actor channel.
The team's first challenge is the forthcoming seven-hour endurance race "Joy-Tai" to be held at Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture on June 15 and 16 in 2020. More voice actors are planned to join as guest drivers.
The team's logo and mascot characters were designed by Kia Asamiya (Silent Möbius).