Honda Racing–Honda Associates Make Successful Runs At Sunday’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Honda’s racing lineup for the 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb had a little something for everyone with a 24 Hours of LeMans winner racing right alongside Honda associates in vehicles ranging from an Acura NSX to a Honda Fit. At the end of the day, four Honda drivers and riders earned top-five class finishes in Sunday’s 12.42-mile sprint to the top of Pikes Peak, while Honda’s world-renowned race engines did the job, powering Romain Dumas to his first overall Pikes Peak title.

Associates from American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda North America and Honda R&D combined to field six vehicles for Honda associates in this year’s race. With five of the six Honda drivers having previously competed at  Pikes Peak,each of the six vehicles made successful runs to the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak summit, including the Honda Fit EV of Roy Richards, which won the Electric Production class in a race-record time.

In addition to the efforts of its associates in Sunday’s race, Honda provided power for Dumas in his own  Norma RD Limited prototype chassis entry in the Unlimited class. Starting first, Dumas pushed his Honda power plant to a race-winning time of 9:05.801 to claim his first race win and the first overall Pikes Peak victory for a Honda-powered car.

Richards’ run of 12:55.591 gave his blue-hued Honda FitEV the class win, marking the 13th consecutive year that a Honda-powered vehicle has won at least one class in the famed event.

James Robinson posted the fastest time of the six Honda associate-driven vehicles in his Acura Pikes Peak NSX, finishing sixth in the Open Class with a time of 11:09.134. Zach Jacobs rode his Honda CBR600RR throughout the course’s 156 turns in 11:11.885 to place fifth in the Middleweight motorcycle class, while Sage Marie’s effort of 11:59.095 in his Honda S2000 was good for fourth in the Time Attack 2 class.

Keith Steidl placed sixth in the quad class with a time of 12:31.245, while the only rookie in the 2014 class, Corey Taguchi, placed fourth in the Exhibition standings after posting a time of 14:26.438 in his Honda Fit.Romain Dumas (Norma RD Honda) overall race winner:  “After [finishing 2nd in