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Acura NSX GT3 RealTime Racing Team Ready For Lime Rock

Acura NSX GT3 RealTime Racing Team Ready For Lime Rock
• Team campaigns in third consecutive event with SprintX format
• Acura squad looking to reprise top-six finishes from a year ago at Lime Rock Park
• Acura NSX GT3 tested at LRP to prep for this week’s races

TORRANCE, Calif, (May 25, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3 was built to run on some of the world’s most demanding road courses, many with sprawling layouts featuring long straights that allow the supercar to stretch its legs.

This weekend’s event at Lime Rock Park is the antithesis of this concept however, as the tight 1.5-mile layout of Lime Rock Park offers an entirely different type of challenge for the drivers of the RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3. Continue reading Acura NSX GT3 RealTime Racing Team Ready For Lime Rock

Honda Seeking 12th Indianapolis 500 Victory

Honda Seeking 12th Indianapolis 500 Victory
• Scott Dixon to start 101st Indy 500 from the pole
• Formula One’s Fernando Alonso, top rookie, will start fifth
• Honda to field 18 drivers in field of 33

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 26, 2017) – Honda’s Scott Dixon will lead the field to the green flag for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 as the manufacturer and its Honda Performance Development subsidiary seek an unprecedented 12th victory in the last 14 years.
Dixon, who previously won the “500” in 2008, heads a talented, 18-strong Honda lineup for the 101st running of the famed race, including three additional previous winners and two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso. Continue reading Honda Seeking 12th Indianapolis 500 Victory

New Honda Civic Si Scores First Touring Car Class Win For Shea Racing at CTMP

New Honda Civic Si Scores First Touring Car Class Win For Shea Racing at CTMP
• Tom O’Gorman earns Touring Car A victory on Sunday after starting from pole
• O’Gorman’s Civic Si runs fastest lap of Saturday’s event in TCA
• Shea Holbrook has top-10 hopes dashed by tire buildup on brakes

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario. (May 23, 2017) – Shea Racing’s four-car Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car program earned the first victory of the season for the new Honda Civic Si, as Tom O’Gorman rolled from pole to win Sunday’s PWC Touring Car A race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Continue reading New Honda Civic Si Scores First Touring Car Class Win For Shea Racing at CTMP

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Earns SprintX Top 10

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Earns SprintX Top 10
• Mark Wilkins and Peter Kox place ninth in Saturday’s event
• Tom Dyer and Ryan Eversley just miss top-10 berth with 11th-place run
• Weather washes away Sunday race, make-up date to be announced

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (May 20, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3s of RealTime Racing continued their early-season progression in Pirelli World Challenge competition, earning their first top-10 result in SprintX competition.

The team of Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins made up six positions in a tightly-packed field to place ninth in what was supposed to have been the first of two PWC SprintX races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend. Wilkins took the #93 Acura NSX GT3 from the 15th spot on the grid and made up three places before handing off to Kox. The Dutchman did the rest of the work, gaining three positions to claim a ninth-place result. Continue reading RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Earns SprintX Top 10

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis
• Max Chilton heads Honda 1-2-3 in penultimate practice prior to the Indy 500
• Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation continues
• Ed Jones paces rookies, runs second overall

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 22, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton led a Honda 1-2-3 Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as – with qualifying competed – drivers and teams began their final preparations for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Rookie Ed Jones continued his impressive run at Indianapolis this month, leading the four-driver rookie contingent and finishing second-fastest overall in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda on a sunny, near-perfect day at the historic “Brickyard”. Scott Dixon, star of this weekend’s qualifying runs with a blistering run of 232.164 mph to secure the pole for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing, rounded out the top three today. Continue reading Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Dixon, Honda Storm to Indianapolis 500 Pole

Dixon, Honda Storm to Indianapolis 500 Pole
• Scott Dixon to lead the field to the start of the 101st Indianapolis 500
• Honda drivers claim four of the top five starting positions, seven of top 10
• Tenth Honda pole in 17 “500s”

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 21, 2017) – In a thrilling conclusion today to qualifying for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon drove his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to a four-lap average speed of 232.164 mph to score his third Indy 500 pole, and the 10th for Honda in the last 17 years.

Dixon’s pole run, the fastest since Arie Luyendyk’s effort in 1996, capped a great day for Honda at the famed “Brickyard”, as the manufacturer claimed four of the top five starting positions for the 101st running of the Indy 500 on May 28, and seven of the top 10. Continue reading Dixon, Honda Storm to Indianapolis 500 Pole

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis
• Max Chilton heads Honda 1-2-3 in penultimate practice prior to the Indy 500
• Honda drivers post seven of 10 fastest speeds as race preparation continues
• Ed Jones paces rookies, runs second overall

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 22, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton led a Honda 1-2-3 Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as – with qualifying competed – drivers and teams began their final preparations for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

Rookie Ed Jones continued his impressive run at Indianapolis this month, leading the four-driver rookie contingent and finishing second-fastest overall in his Dale Coyne Racing Honda on a sunny, near-perfect day at the historic “Brickyard”. Scott Dixon, star of this weekend’s qualifying runs with a blistering run of 232.164 mph to secure the pole for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing, rounded out the top three today. Continue reading Honda Continues To Set the Pace at Indianapolis

Sato Heads Honda Pole Contenders in First-Round Qualifying at Indianapolis

Sato Heads Honda Pole Contenders in First-Round Qualifying at Indianapolis
• Six Honda drivers to contend for “Fast Nine” pole shootout
• Dixon, Rossi, Alonso, Kanaan and Andretti also make “Fast Nine”
• Final qualifying Sunday to set 33-car field

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 20, 2017) – Led by Andretti Autoport’s Takuma Sato, six Honda drivers completed qualifying runs among the top nine drivers today in first-round qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and will take part in Sunday’s “Fast Nine” shootout for the coveted pole position in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

The tight first-round qualifying battle Saturday – held under changing weather conditions after activities were delayed by rain for approximately five hours – saw the nine pole contenders separated by less than a half mile per hour over four laps around the historic 2.5-mile Brickyard. Continue reading Sato Heads Honda Pole Contenders in First-Round Qualifying at Indianapolis

Honda Strong Again During “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis

Honda Strong Again During “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis
• Honda drivers, teams claim top four positions Friday, and 11 of top 12
• Fernando Alonso ends practice fourth overall, fastest rookie
• Qualifying to set the 33-car field takes place this weekend

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 19, 2017) – “Fast Friday” lived up to its name today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as Honda drivers dominated the speed chart in the final day of practice before qualifying begins Saturday for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Continue reading Honda Strong Again During “Fast Friday” at Indianapolis

RealTime Racing Acura NSX Squad Ready For Canadian Challenge

RealTime Racing Acura NSX Squad Ready For Canadian Challenge
• New SprintX format requires pit stops and driver changes during 60-minute races
• Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins join Acura squad for year’s second SprintX event
• Acura NSX GT3 team looks to reprise last year’s podium from CTMP visit

TORRANCE, Calif, (May 19, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3 team is heading north of the border this weekend, hoping that a trip to Bowmanville, Ontario’s Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) will provide the same launching point for the team that it did a year ago. Continue reading RealTime Racing Acura NSX Squad Ready For Canadian Challenge

Honda Drivers Post Eight of Top Ten Speeds Thursday at Indianapolis

Honda Drivers Post Eight of Top Ten Speeds Thursday at Indianapolis
• Jay Howard records fastest lap of the day and week
• Fernando Alonso ends day fourth overall, fastest rookie
• Eight Honda drivers, all five Honda teams represented among top ten

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 18, 2017) – Speeds increased Thursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as practice continued in preparation for the May 28 Indianapolis 500, and Honda’s Jay Howard led the way for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, with his best lap of 226.744 mph both the fastest of the day and the week to-date. Continue reading Honda Drivers Post Eight of Top Ten Speeds Thursday at Indianapolis

Dixon Paces Honda on Windy Wednesday as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues

Dixon Paces Honda on Windy Wednesday as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues
• Scott Dixon goes second-fastest on warm, windy day of practice
• Fernando Alonso completes day fourth fastest
• Third of five practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 17, 2017) – With wind gusts at times exceeding 25 mph, many of this year’s 33 Indianapolis 500 competitors elected to remain in the garage area, or complete other race preparations – such as pit stops – in lieu of on-track practice Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Continue reading Dixon Paces Honda on Windy Wednesday as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues

Hunter-Reay Paces Honda Effort as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues

Hunter-Reay Paces Honda Effort as Indianapolis 500 Practice Continues
• Ryan Hunter-Reay runs fourth overall on warm, windy day of practice
• Fernando Alonso completes field-high 117 laps
• Second of five practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying

SPEEDWAY, Ind., (May 16, 2017) – Practice continued Tuesday under warm and gusty conditions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as Honda drivers and teams focused on preparations for the May 28 Indianapolis 500.

Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Honda in Tuesday’s six-hour practice session, posting the fourth-fastest speed in an incident-free day. Teammate Takuma Sato ended the day sixth, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin taking the checkers seventh on the speed chart.

Two-time Formula One World Champion and McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso recorded the most laps of the 33 driver/car combinations in this year’s field, running 177 laps, just over half a race distance, today. Meanwhile, Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones was fastest of the four rookies, ending the day 15th overall at 222.251 mph.

Practice activities continue through Friday, with qualifying action to set the field of 33 on the historic 2.5-mile oval scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Ed Jones (#19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) led the rookie field Tuesday in practice: “The day started off quite difficult. There were a few changes to the car that we had to make to adjust to certain things. It took a bit longer than we expected, but once we got up to speed we did a lot of traffic running. I learned a massive amount today and felt really comfortable towards the end when we were able to start passing a few cars. I think the first two days have been solid, as well as they could have gone, and I’m happy with the progress were making.”

Honda, Red Bull GRC Prepare For Louisville Debut

Honda, Red Bull GRC Prepare For Louisville Debut

• Olsbergs MSE Looks to Capture Honda’s First Red Bull GRC Victory
• Rookies O. Eriksson and deJong Seek Improvement on First-Round Finishes
• Shorter Circuit Suited to Tough and Technical Approach for Honda Civic Coupes

LOUISVILLE, KY (May 16, 2017) – Olsbergs MSE (OMSE), with drivers Mitchell deJong, Oliver Eriksson and Sebastian Eriksson (no relation) looks to improve the team’s top-five performance in last month’s Memphis season opener as the Honda Racing trio heads to Louisville, KY for Sunday’s second round of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. Continue reading Honda, Red Bull GRC Prepare For Louisville Debut

Andretti Leads Honda 1-2 Result as Indianapolis 500 Practice Begins

Andretti Leads Honda 1-2 Result as Indianapolis 500 Practice Begins
• Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon head time sheets on first practice day
• Fernando Alonso leads rookie session
• Monday the first of five practice days prior to Indianapolis 500 qualifying this weekend

As he did in 2016, Marco Andretti led the way for Honda and his Andretti Autosport team in Opening Day practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Monday, in preparation for the May 28 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon made it a 1-2 result for Honda drivers on a warm, sunny day that saw 32 drivers take to the track during the four-hour session. Speeds rose during the final “happy hour” of practice, as more than a dozen drivers worked in the draft in preparation for race day. When the checkers flew at 6 p.m. to end practice, Honda drivers held down eight of the top 10 positions on the time sheet. Continue reading Andretti Leads Honda 1-2 Result as Indianapolis 500 Practice Begins

Second-Row Start for Dixon, Honda in INDYCAR Grand Prix Qualifying

Second-Row Start for Dixon, Honda in INDYCAR Grand Prix Qualifying
• Scott Dixon qualifies fourth on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
• Sebastien Bourdais also advances to final round of “knockout” qualifying
• Honda drivers claim seven of the top 12 grid positions for Saturday’s race Continue reading Second-Row Start for Dixon, Honda in INDYCAR Grand Prix Qualifying

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Just Misses Top-10 Run at VIR

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Just Misses Top-10 Run at VIR
• First Sprint X events with new Acura NSX GT3
• Tom Dyer and Ryan Eversley make up 16 spots in Sunday’s finale
• Mandatory pit stops prove challenging for entire field

Alton, VA (April 30, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3s of RealTime Racing delved into the new SprintX format of Pirelli World Challenge competition at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, and fought back from troubles to narrowly miss a top-10 result.

Ryan Eversley and Tom Dyer took their Acura NSX GT3 to 11th in Sunday’s weekend finale and placed 19th in Saturday’s event to lead the team, while the Peter Kox/Mark Wilkins pair retired with damage on Saturday after a pit-lane misstep left the team 14th on Sunday. Continue reading RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Just Misses Top-10 Run at VIR

Rookies deJong and Eriksson Score Top-Five Results in Memphis

Rookies deJong and Eriksson Score Top-Five Results in Memphis
• Honda’s First American Rallycross Driver Finishes Fourth
• Oliver Eriksson Finishes Fifth, Securing a Double Top-Five Finish
• Sebastian Eriksson Collects Third Round Heat Victory

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (April 29, 2017) ¬– Mitchell deJong and his No. 24 Honda Red Bull OMSE Civic utilized an aggressive strategy early in Saturday’s Final to finish fourth in the season-opening round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship at Memphis International Raceway, with his rookie teammate, Oliver Eriksson, following closely behind in fifth.
Continue reading Rookies deJong and Eriksson Score Top-Five Results in Memphis

New Year, New Look for Honda GRC Civic Coupe

New Year, New Look for Honda GRC Civic Coupe
• Red Bull-collaborated design debuts before Memphis
• Striking colors highlight the 2017 Honda Racing trio of cars
• Honda GRC Civic Coupe hits the track on Friday, April 28

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 27, 2017) – With the start of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season beginning Friday, Olsbergs MSE (OMSE), Red Bull and Honda are proud to debut an exciting new look for the Honda Red Bull OMSE Civic Coupes, based on the 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy award-winning Honda Civic design. Continue reading New Year, New Look for Honda GRC Civic Coupe

Dixon Fights to Second at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Dixon Fights to Second at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
• Scott Dixon leads Honda effort at Barber Motorsports Park with second-place finish
• Sebastien Bourdais remains atop the drivers’ championship, Dixon now second
• Honda drivers claim nine of top 12 finishing positions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 23, 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon remained in the thick of the battle for the victory throughout Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, finishing second to Josef Newgarden after 90 hard-fought laps around scenic Barber Motorsports Park, the first road course event of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

Starting fourth, Dixon gained one position on the opening lap and then entered a multi-car battle at the front of the field. When race leader Will Power pitted on Lap 77 with a deflating rear tire, the race came down to a two-driver duel, with Newgarden prevailing over Dixon by just over one second. Continue reading Dixon Fights to Second at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama