Extreme Speed Motorsports led the way for Honda Performance Development in qualifying Friday for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, with Ryan Dalziel posting the fourth-fastest time in his HPD ARX-03b Honda, and teammate Johannes van Overbeek qualifying eighth in the second Extreme Speed HPD.
The single, 15-minute qualifying session featured several changes to the overall order in the final minutes, as former LMP2 and Daytona Prototype machines, which were merged into a single “Prototype” category this season for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, evenly split the top eight qualifying positions.
HPD, the two-time LMP2 defending manufacturer and engine champion in the former American Le Mans Series, is introducing Honda’s first Daytona Prototype this weekend at Sebring, and Pierre Kaffer qualified 13th in the Starworks Motorsports Honda Riley.
Both HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the same Honda “J35” series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.
A Video News Release from today’s action at Sebring International Raceway, including both TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying and the 2.5-hour Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, will shortly be posted on a specially-created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced the Carolina Productions Group.
Headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin, CPG will be providing video highlights packages following tomorrow’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and at future Honda Racing/HPD events.
Allen Miller (Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) on Sebring qualifying: “It was a satisfying qualifying effort from both of our teams. Both Extreme Speed Motorsports cars qualified solidly in the top eight, and are ready for the race. We’re continuing to sort through the usual, small, new installation issues with the Daytona Prototype car, and have made steady progress through the weekend. We’ll continue to work to improve it, and we’re looking forward to an exciting and highly competitive race.”