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Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda Qualifiers for 102nd Indianapolis 500

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda Qualifiers for 102nd Indianapolis 500
• Sebastien Bourdais completes return from injury by qualifying fifth
• Scott Dixon to start ninth in search of his second “500” win
• Indy 500 field to feature 17 Honda drivers from five teams

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 20, 2018) – Sebastien Bourdais led the Honda-powered field in final qualifying today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will start next Sunday’s Indy 500 from the middle of the second row, fifth.

For Bourdais, the run capped an impressive return from multiple fractures and other injuries sustained in a qualifying crash here last year. The Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan driver also won the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, and currently is ranked third in the Drivers’ Championship point standings. Continue reading Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda Qualifiers for 102nd Indianapolis 500

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda First-Round Qualifiers at Indianapolis

Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda First-Round Qualifiers at Indianapolis
• Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon advance to Sunday pole shootout
• Final qualifying Sunday will set starting order for field of 33
• Mechanical issue prevents final qualifying attempt from James Hinchcliffe

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 19, 2018) – Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon led the way for Honda today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a drama-filled “Bump Day” of first-round qualifying in preparation for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500. Continue reading Bourdais, Dixon Lead Honda First-Round Qualifiers at Indianapolis

Honda Drivers Top Speed Chart in “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis

Honda Drivers Top Speed Chart in “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis
• Marco Andretti, Robert Wickens lead the way in final practice day before qualifying
• Honda drivers take four of top six practice speeds
• Field of 33 to be set on Saturday, pole position qualifying takes place Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 18, 2018) – “Fast Friday” once again lived up to its name today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Honda duo of Marco Andretti and Robert Wickens claimed the top two positions on the speed chart in the final full day of practice prior to qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Continue reading Honda Drivers Top Speed Chart in “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis

Howard, Dixon Head Honda Attack as Indianapolis 500 Practice Opens

Howard, Dixon Head Honda Attack as Indianapolis 500 Practice Opens
• Jay Howard, Scott Dixon move to the top of the Honda speed chart in afternoon session
• Marco Andretti tops Honda effort in opening practice
• Tuesday the first of four practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying this weekend

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2018) – Returning veteran Jay Howard led the way for Honda Tuesday in Opening Day practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in preparation for the May 27 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.
Continue reading Howard, Dixon Head Honda Attack as Indianapolis 500 Practice Opens

Dixon, Wickens Produce Podium Results for Honda at INDYCAR Grand Prix

Dixon, Wickens Produce Podium Results for Honda at INDYCAR Grand Prix
• Scott Dixon sets fast race lap, vaults into championship contention with second-place run
• Robert Wickens continues impressive rookie season, finishes third
• Road-course event kicks off “Month of May” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 12, 2018) – Scott Dixon rebounded from a disappointing qualifying effort on Friday to chase down eventual winner Will Power and finish a strong second today at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, held on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Honda-powered rookie Robert Wickens continued his impressive first season as an Indy car driver, leading 20 laps and finishing third. Continue reading Dixon, Wickens Produce Podium Results for Honda at INDYCAR Grand Prix

Front Row Start for Wickens, Honda at INDYCAR Grand Prix

Front Row Start for Wickens, Honda at INDYCAR Grand Prix
• Robert Wickens qualifies second for Saturday’s 85-lap Indianapolis Motor Speedway road-course event
• Sebastien Bourdais and James Hinchcliffe will start third and fourth for Honda

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2018) – Robert Wickens again belied his status as a Verizon IndyCar Series rookie, qualifying second for Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix. Wickens piloted his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda through all three rounds of qualifying on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and ended the day just eighth-hundredths of a second off pole qualifier Will Power. Continue reading Front Row Start for Wickens, Honda at INDYCAR Grand Prix

Castroneves, Taylor Lead Acura Sweep at Mid-Ohio

Castroneves, Taylor Lead Acura Sweep at Mid-Ohio
• Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor score first victory for Acura ARX-05 prototype
• Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron complete 1-2 sweep for Acura Team Penske
• Alvaro Parente, Katherine Legge take their Acura NSX GT3 to second in GTD class

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 6, 2018) – Acura Team Penske completed a nearly perfect weekend for the manufacturer as major sports car racing returned to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor heading a 1-2 result at Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.

In GTD, Alvaro Parente and Katherine Legge combined for a thrilling second-place result, finishing just 0.191 seconds away from a double win for Acura at the end of the two-hour, 40-minute contest. Continue reading Castroneves, Taylor Lead Acura Sweep at Mid-Ohio

Castroneves, Cameron Qualify 1-2 for Acura at Mid-Ohio

Castroneves, Cameron Qualify 1-2 for Acura at Mid-Ohio
• Helio Castroneves and Dane Cameron lock out front row in prototype qualifying
• Second consecutive WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole for Acura Team Penske
• Katherine Legge leads Acura NSX GT3 effort with fourth-place qualifying run

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 5, 2018) – After a thrilling intra-team battle, Helio Castroneves took his Acura ARX-05 prototype to the pole in qualifying today for Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, edging teammate Dane Cameron by just fifteen hundredths of a second on his final qualifying lap. Katherine Legge, driving the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, led the way for the manufacturer in GTD qualifying and will start fourth on Sunday. Continue reading Castroneves, Cameron Qualify 1-2 for Acura at Mid-Ohio

Acura Teams Look to Score at Mid-Ohio

Acura Teams Look to Score at Mid-Ohio
• Acura Sports Car Challenge marks the return of major endurance racing to road course
• Acura Team Penske seeks to convert early-season speed to “home field” victory
• Ohio-based Meyer Shank Racing continues GTD effort with Acura NSX GT3s

TORRANCE, Calif. (May 2, 2018) – Acura teams head to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend looking for victories in both the Prototype and GTD categories, in front of an anticipated large and supportive “hometown” audience.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio marks the return of major endurance racing to the classic road course for the first time since 2013. It also is the first “full field” WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event – featuring all three classes – since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March. Continue reading Acura Teams Look to Score at Mid-Ohio

Honda Touring Cars Take Victories in Virginia

Honda Touring Cars Take Victories in Virginia
• Ryan Eversley claims first Pirelli World Challenge victory for Honda Civic Type R
• Eversley continues season-long podium streak with second-place finish on Sunday
• Honda Civic Si driver Tom O’Gorman is first TCA driver to win multiple races in 2018

ALTON, Va. (April 29, 2018) – RealTime Racing driver Ryan Eversley etched his name in the Honda racing history books in style on Saturday at Virginia International Raceway, leading from start to finish to earn the first North American racing win for the Honda Civic Type R TCR. Eversley dominated the third round of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car R championship, besting the field by more than 17 seconds to score his first victory of the year.

Meanwhile, Honda driver Tom O’Gorman continued his hot start in his RealTime Racing TCA Honda Civic Si, taking his second win of the year on Saturday, followed by a third-place run on Sunday. Continue reading Honda Touring Cars Take Victories in Virginia

Podium Finishes for Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe at Rain-Impacted Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Podium Finishes for Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe at Rain-Impacted
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
• Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Honda effort at Barber Motorsports Park
• James Hinchcliffe runs third as Honda drivers finish second through eighth
• Tire gamble fails to pay off for Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 22, 2018) – The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama resumed Monday at Barber Motorsports Park, with Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe scoring their best results of 2018 – second and third, respectively – to lead the Honda effort.

Heavy rains and low visibility forced Verizon IndyCar Series officials to postpone the race on Sunday after 26 laps, with the event resuming today, running to a two-hour time limit. Sebastien Bourdais and Hunter-Reay led the initial challenge to eventual race winner Josef Newgarden, but as the race progressed and additional rain showers returned to the circuit, strategies changed to adjust to the new conditions. Continue reading Podium Finishes for Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe at Rain-Impacted Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Bourdais Qualifies Third for Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Bourdais Qualifies Third for Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
• Sebastien Bourdais to start third, Ryan Hunter-Reay fourth on Sunday
• James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon also advance to Firestone Fast Six final qualifying
• Nine Honda drivers qualify in the top 12

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 21, 2018) – Sebastien Bourdais, winner of the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, led the way for Honda today in Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying, and will start Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from the inside of the second row, third. Continue reading Bourdais Qualifies Third for Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Bourdais, Rossi Lead the Way for Honda in Alabama IndyCar Series Practice

Bourdais, Rossi Lead the Way for Honda in Alabama IndyCar Series Practice
• Sebastien Bourdais runs fourth, Alexander Rossi fifth at Barber Motorsports Park
• Seven Honda drivers post top-10 times in practice

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 20, 2018) – Honda’s pair of 2018 early-season Indy car race winners – Sebastien Bourdais and Alexander Rossi – led the way for the manufacturer Friday at Barber Motorsports Park, in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Continue reading Bourdais, Rossi Lead the Way for Honda in Alabama IndyCar Series Practice

Top Six Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach

Top Six Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach
• Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron bring #6 Acura ARX-05 home fifth
• Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor finish sixth in #7 Acura
• Montoya records first pole for ARX-05, leads 20 laps

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2018) – Starting from the pole, Acura Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya led the first 20 laps of Saturday’s Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix, and with co-driver Dane Cameron brought the #6 Acura ARX-05 home fifth for the team’s best result in three rounds of the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Acura Team Penske
Both Montoya and teammate Helio Castroneves, in the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05, had strong early-race runs in the 70-lap contest on the Long Beach temporary street circuit. Montoya led the way, with Castroneves gaining a position in the opening laps to run third. Continue reading Top Six Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach

Rossi, Honda Dominate Long Beach Qualifying

Rossi, Honda Dominate Long Beach Qualifying
• Alexander Rossi clears the field in knockout qualifying
• Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal also advance to final qualifying round
• Seven Honda drivers to start from top-10 positions

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2018) – Alexander Rossi took his Andretti Autosport Honda to the pole today in qualifying for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, leading both the opening and final rounds of “knockout” IndyCar Series qualifying. In the third and last round, Rossi’s time of 1 minute, 06.5528 seconds was 0.3526 seconds quicker than nearest rival Will Power, and a larger gap than that which covered the entire remaining Fast Six final qualifiers.

Scott Dixon, the 2015 Long Beach winner, and Graham Rahal also advanced to final round qualifying for Honda. Another four Honda drivers advanced as far as the second qualifying round, including Ryan Hunter-Reay, defending race winner James Hinchcliffe, impressive rookie Robert Wickens and St. Petersburg race winner Sebasties Bourdais.

In all, seven Honda drivers will start from the top-10 grid positions in Sunday’s third round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. The 85-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) pole qualifier, first pole of 2018 and second career IndyCar Series pole: “The whole Andretti Autosport NAPA team has done such a great job, and Honda has continued their development and their push in the off-season, so it’s a huge result for us, and I think that we’ve been – we were close in St. Pete, had we not had the penalty on the qualifying. So, to get the pole here was good, a good start for tomorrow. But this sport has a way of humbling you pretty quick, so we have to execute against tomorrow, and hopefully we can get that redemption we’re talking about.”

An interview with: ART ST. CYR

An interview with:

ART ST. CYR

T.E. McHALE: Our guest, as per usual, is the president of Honda Performance Development, Art St. Cyr.
Art, thanks for making time for us this morning.
ART ST. CYR: Good morning, everybody.
T.E. McHALE: I want to talk about the scope of HPD’s racing programs, which are on display here this weekend in Long Beach. We have the IndyCar headliner tomorrow, then this afternoon we also have a headline event in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event, in which Acura has entered two Daytona Prototype entries for Team Penske. I think most of you know we won our first pole yesterday with that particular program with Juan Montoya.
Just give us a sense of what’s involved from an HPD standpoint in running those two high profile events here this weekend? Continue reading An interview with: ART ST. CYR

Dixon Leads Honda 1-2-3 Result in Long Beach Practice

Dixon Leads Honda 1-2-3 Result in Long Beach Practice
• Scott Dixon tops time charts in opening-day IndyCar Series action at Long Beach
• Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi round out top three for Honda
• Previous Long Beach winners James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato also post top-six times

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – The Honda-powered trio of Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi led the way Friday in “opening day” Verizon IndyCar Series practice today in preparation for Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Defending race winner James Hinchcliffe and 2013 Long Beach winner Takuma Sato made it five Hondas in the top six at the end of the day.

Unlike most temporary street circuits, where lap times generally get quicker with each session as racing rubber builds on the track to generate more traction, it was this morning’s opening practice that produced the fastest times for all but three drivers in the 24-car field. But it was a Honda driver at the top of the time charts in both sessions, with Dixon leading the morning – and overall – with Rossi leading the way in the afternoon practice to finish the day third overall.

Activities on the temporary street circuit continue tomorrow with final practice and qualifying. Sunday’s 85-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) quickest in opening-day practice: “The PNC Bank car was fast right out of the box. We went out and were quick in our first run, then improved upon that in the second run. It’s a big weekend for Honda, so we’ll try to get the most out of it for them and for the team. The [new, universal aero kit bodywork] cars are so fun to drive now. The track is really awesome without the added downforce. The braking zones are a bit bigger and the power-down is impressive, especially out of the hairpin corner. I think come around Lap 20, drivers are going to be screaming for new tires! It’s great to be back here overall. Great cars, great atmosphere, and being out there pounding around the Long Beach city streets.”

Montoya, Acura Claim Pole at Long Beach

Montoya, Acura Claim Pole at Long Beach
• Juan Pablo Montoya tops qualifying with lap-record run at Long Beach
• First WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole for new Acura ARX-05 prototype
• Helio Castroneves qualifies fourth in his Acura Team Penske entry

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – Juan Pablo Montoya took his Acura ARX-05 prototypes to a lap record run Friday around the 1.968-mile Long Beach temporary street circuit, with the Acura Team Penske driver claiming the pole for Saturday’s Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix. Continue reading Montoya, Acura Claim Pole at Long Beach

Acura Team Penske Looks for Home Field Advantage at Long Beach

Acura Team Penske Looks for Home Field Advantage at Long Beach
• Acura Team Penske seeks to convert early-season speed to hometown victory
• Long Beach race takes place near Acura, American Honda headquarters
• Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix to feature West Coast debut for Acura ARX-05 prototypes

TORRANCE, Calif. (April 10, 2018) – Acura’s new ARX-05 prototypes will make their West Coast race debut this weekend on the streets of Long Beach, California, as a pair of Acura Team Penske entries look for their first victory at the Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix. Saturday’s 100-minute event is the third round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.

“At both the season-opening Rolex 24 and last month’s 12 Hours of Sebring, our Acura Team Penske ARX-05s definitely had the speed to challenge for the victory,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development and Acura Motorsports. “We led at different times at both events. Now we need to convert that speed into race wins, and there’s no better place to do that than here at Long Beach with so many of our fellow Acura associates, their families and our many fans in attendance.” Continue reading Acura Team Penske Looks for Home Field Advantage at Long Beach

ACURA NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

ACURA NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE
AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

Acura Sports Car Challenge Highlights Season-Opening Weekend at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (April 11, 2018) – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is proud to announce that Acura will be the title sponsor of Round Four of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, May 4-6, 2018.

Highlighted by the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, May 6, a full weekend of world-class sports car racing returns to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the first time since 2013. The race will feature many of the cars and drivers from this year’s Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours events. It also marks the renewal of a partnership for the track with the Acura brand. Acura sponsored the sports car events from 2007 to 2009 when the former American Le Mans Series raced at Mid-Ohio.

“This feels very much like a homecoming for the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager. “Our sponsorship of American Le Mans Series racing at Mid-Ohio goes back a decade, and our corporate relationship with the race track spans a full quarter century. Continue reading ACURA NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE