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Honda Racing–An interview with: JON IKEDA

An interview with: JON IKEDA

T.E. McHALE: Good morning, everyone. I know this is about the 50th time I’ve said this this morning, but I’ve never said it into a microphone: Welcome to the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Those of you who visit us regularly for these media briefings know we typically do them with representatives from Honda Performance Development. Today we have a special guest. To my right is Acura brand officer Jon Ikeda. We’re making Jon available to talk a little bit more about this sponsorship that came together after Toyota had it for so long.
Jon, welcome, and thanks for making the time for us today.
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Rossi, Honda Rule at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Rossi, Honda Rule at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
• Alexander Rossi dominates race for second consecutive Long Beach win
• Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal take battle for third to the checkers
• Third Honda NTT IndyCar Series victory in four races

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2019) – Starting from the pole, Alexander Rossi fended off an early challenge from fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon and then took command of Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, dominating the 85-lap race and moving into second in the Drivers’ Championship points standings after four of 17 races.

Rossi led all but five laps of today’s 85-lap contest to score his second consecutive NTT IndyCar Series victory at Long Beach, becoming the first driver to successfully record back-to-back victories on the classic temporary street circuit since Alex Zanardi accomplished the feat in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in 1997-98. Today’s victory was the third for Honda in four races this season, and the 14th Honda win in 20 races at Long Beach.

Dixon continued in second place until the first round of pit stops, where he briefly dropped to fourth behind Josef Newgarden and Will Power, then moved to third when Power briefly slid off course on Lap 31. But an issue with the refueling probe during his final stop cost Dixon 18 seconds in pit lane, dropping him to fifth, behind both Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Dixon passed Hunter-Reay, who was having to save fuel in the closing laps after making an early final pit stop, for fourth place on Lap 81 and quickly closed on Rahal, who was slowing in the final laps due to tire wear. On the final lap, the pair made contact when Dixon attempted to pass while exiting Turn 8. Following the checkers, Rahal was issued a time penalty that reversed their finishing positions, awarding Dixon with third place and dropping Rahal to fourth.

Behind the leaders, Hunter-Reay conserved fuel to finish in fifth, with Takuma Sato, winner of last weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, eighth. James Hinchcliffe, moving up from 15th on the starting grid, and rookie Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top ten for Honda.

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The NTT IndyCar Series now heads “home” to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “Month of May” activities, including the May 11 Grand Prix of Indianapolis road course race and the May 26 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Both races will be broadcast live on NBC.

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Quotes
Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started first, finished first, first IndyCar Series win of 2019, sixth career victory, second consecutive Long Beach win, 200th win for Andretti Autosport: “We knew it was going to be a hard-fought battle, but the team gave me such a great, great car and it’s the 200th win for Andretti Autosport, so what better way than to do it in that [dominating] kind of fashion, here at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, here in California. It’s an amazing day. This is a special one. I just found out that my grandfather died yesterday, so I want to dedicate this [victory] to him, and to Michael Andretti for his 200th win.”

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started second, finished third: “It was unfortunate. Graham [Rahal] overshot Turn 8 and then quickly tried to turn in reaction. The rules don’t allow you to come back across or defend if somebody’s already there, and that’s what happened. We made contact coming out of [Turn 8], I hit his rear tire and lost momentum as a result. I think, had he not reacted there, I would’ve gotten him anyway. But that’s racing. It’s hard racing. We were strong the last stint. Congratulations to [Alexander] Rossi, that was a fantastic drive.”

Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) Started sixth, finished fourth following a time penalty from Race Control: “It’s not that tough to swallow, we were going to lose the spot [to Scott Dixon] anyway. My fronts [tires] were absolutely gone. I had no braking grip whatsoever. I moved right as quick as I could out of the [Turn 8] corner and gave him a lane [on the left]. By the rules, you’re allowed to make one move, which I did on the exit of the corner, and that was it. We’ll have to discuss it [with race officials]. I’m not upset about it. Our car wasn’t great today, but it was decent. At the end of the day, P-4, it was a good day, good [championship] points for us. We haven’t had a lot of luck this year, so we’ll just take it as it is and move on.”

Steve Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race win at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach: “What a great way to kick off the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, with a dominating performance from Alexander [Rossi] and Andretti Autosport in front of so many Honda and Acura fans. Four of the top five drivers were in Hondas, representing three different teams, and we’re very pleased to have powered Andretti Autosport to their 200th race win. With great drives today from Rossi, [Scott] Dixon and [Graham] Rahal, I believe this sets us up for a great Month of May in Indianapolis, so we’re really looking forward to both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and, of course, the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.”

Double Podium Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach

Double Podium Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach
• Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor challenge for victory, finish second in #7 Acura
• Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron bring #6 Acura home third
• Castroneves, Taylor close to within two points of championship lead

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2019) – An intense battle among the leaders in Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race saw the Acura Team Penske duo of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves finish second at the Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix, with teammates Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya rounding out the victory podium in third. Continue reading Double Podium Finishes for Acura Team Penske at Long Beach

Rossi, Dixon Lead Honda 1-2 in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying

Rossi, Dixon Lead Honda 1-2 in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying
• Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon lock out front row for Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
• Defending race winner Rossi claims first pole of 2019, fifth pole of his career

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2019) – The Honda-powered duo of defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon led the way Saturday in NTT IndyCar Series qualifying for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Continue reading Rossi, Dixon Lead Honda 1-2 in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying

Dixon Leads Honda 1-2-3 Result in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Practice

Dixon Leads Honda 1-2-3 Result in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Practice
• Scott Dixon tops time charts in opening-day IndyCar Series action at Long Beach
• Ryan Hunter-Reay and rookie Felix Rosenqvist round out top three for Honda
• Previous Long Beach winners Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe post top-10 times

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 12, 2019) – The Honda-powered trio of Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Felix Rosenqvist led the way Friday at opening day NTT IndyCar Series practice in preparation for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was the second year in a row that Dixon, a winner here in 2015, has led first day practice activities on the Southern California street circuit. Continue reading Dixon Leads Honda 1-2-3 Result in Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Practice

BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
5 p.m. EDT April 13, 2019
NBC Sports Network, NBC Sports Gold
Radio Le Mans and IMSA.com

ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
• Acura becomes the title sponsor of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach this year, the 45th renewal North America’s longest-running and most successful temporary street circuit event. Saturday’s WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race, the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, features two Team Penske Acura ARX-05 prototypes. Continue reading BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

Blackstock Go Two for Two in Honda Civic Type R TCR

O’Gorman, Blackstock Go Two for Two in Honda Civic Type R TCR
• Honda Civic Type R claims second MICHELIN Pilot Challenge win of 2019
• Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock follow Daytona victory with win at Sebring
• Ryan Eversley, Chad Gilsinger finish third for Honda

SEBRING, Fla. (March 15, 2019) – Following up on their season-opening win at Daytona International Speedway in January, Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock combined to again drive their Honda Civic Type R TCR to another class victory in Saturday’s Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring International Raceway. Continue reading Blackstock Go Two for Two in Honda Civic Type R TCR

Double Pole for Acura at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

Double Pole for Acura at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
• Dane Cameron snares overall, Prototype pole in Acura ARX-05
• Trent Hindman heads GTD qualifying in Acura NSX GT3 Evo
• Helio Castroneves to start third in prototype, Christina Nielsen sixth in GTD

SEBRING, Fla. (March 15, 2019) – Acura drivers will lead the field in Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, after claiming the pole positions in both the Prototype and GTD classes today during qualifying for the endurance racing classic. Dane Cameron will start from the overall pole in his Acura Team Penske ARX-05, while Trent Hindman will lead the GTD class to the green in his Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo. Continue reading Double Pole for Acura at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Win at Mint 400

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Win at Mint 400
• Honda Off-Road Racing Team continues winning 2019 form
• Class victory at Mint 400 follows victory in February’s Parker 425
• Ridgeline Baja Race Truck takes on Baja 500 in June

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 11, 2019) – The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck backed up their season-opening win at February’s Parker 425 with a second-consecutive Class 7200 victory this weekend in the Mint 400.

First run in 1968, the Mint 400 lays claim as the oldest off-road race in the United States, and holds the reputation as being one of the toughest courses in the sport. The race takes place over four laps of an approximately 100-mile long loop in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Competing in the “7200” class for unlimited V6-powered race trucks, team owner/driver Jeff Proctor and navigator Evan Weller pulled away to an early class lead during the Best in the Desert Racing Association event, and the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck never surrendered its advantage.

After the team made its mid-race pit stop, Proctor handed off the driving duties to team manager and veteran off-road racer Pat Dailey. Following a hard-fought 400 miles, the Ridgeline took the checkered flags for its second class win of 2019.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine produced by Honda Performance Development, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck features a body designed by Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio, with inspiration taken from the current Honda Ridgeline, also designed and developed by Honda R&D North Americas. Key design cues drawn from the production Honda Ridgeline can be seen in the front fascia, hood, roof, bed and side profile.

Making approximately 550 horsepower, HPD’s 3.5-liter HR35TT engine uses the same block and cylinder heads as the production V6 that powers the all-new Ridgeline. Additional, custom elements of the powertrain include an HPD-designed intake plenum and custom Engine Control Unit programming.

Photos and information from the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck’s efforts at the Mint 400 can be viewed on Instagram at @hondaoffroadracing and @proctor_race. Honda Racing/HPD news and reports can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD. The team next takes on the classic Baja 500, the first weekend in June.

Jeff Proctor (team owner/driver Ridgeline Baja Race Truck) 1st in Class 7200 Unlimited V6 Trucks: “We won the Mint 400! This Ridgeline Baja Race Truck was on rails all day. We would be nothing without an amazing Honda Off-Road Racing crew. We had zero flats, no major issues of any kind. It was a perfect race conditions, and a win. Thanks to Honda, Honda Performance Development, and all of our partners for making this possible.”

Dixon Begins Title Defense with Second-Place Finish for Honda at St. Petersburg

Dixon Begins Title Defense with Second-Place Finish for Honda at St. Petersburg
• Scott Dixon leads the Honda-powered field at NTT IndyCar Series season opener
• Rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist impresses, leads 31 laps, finishes fourth
• Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe round out top-six finishers for Honda

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 10, 2019) – Scott Dixon opened his NTT IndyCar Series title defense with a second-place finish in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda at Sunday’s 2019 season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Starting fourth, Dixon battled with eventual race winner Josef Newgarden virtually from the start of the 110-lap contest. Originally a duel for third on the track, it became a battle for the lead after the second round of pit stops, as Dixon and Newgarden leap-frogged their respective teammates: Fellix Rosenqvist and Will Power. Continue reading Dixon Begins Title Defense with Second-Place Finish for Honda at St. Petersburg

Rookie Rosenqvist Leads Honda Qualifying Effort in St. Petersburg

Rookie Rosenqvist Leads Honda Qualifying Effort in St. Petersburg
• Felix Rosenqvist qualifies third for season-opening NTT IndyCar Series race
• Teammate and defending series champion Scott Dixon to start fourth

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 9, 2019) – Rookie Felix Rosenqvist started his NTT IndyCar Series career on a strong note, advancing to the Firestone Fast Six final round of knockout qualifying to claim the third starting position in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda for Sunday’s season-opening race. Continue reading Rookie Rosenqvist Leads Honda Qualifying Effort in St. Petersburg

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts
Sebring International Raceway
10:30 a.m. EDT March 16, 2019
CNBC, NBC Sports Gold & NBC Sports Network
Radio Le Mans and IMSA.com

ACURA, HPD AT SEBRING

• Acura Motorsports and its performance arm, Honda Performance Development, have recorded a total of eight victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring, including three class wins for Acura, four LMP2 class wins under the HPD umbrella, and an overall win in 2016. Continue reading Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts

Hunter-Reay, Honda Set Opening-Day Pace in St. Petersburg

Hunter-Reay, Honda Set Opening-Day Pace in St. Petersburg
• Ryan Hunter-Reay leads a 24-car field as 2019 season begins
• Five Honda drivers post top-seven times in practice

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 8, 2019) – As he did in 2018, Honda-powered Ryan Hunter-Reay again led the way in opening day practice to officially start the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season in advance of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Even by NTT IndyCar Series standards, the 24-car field was incredibly close after a pair of Friday practice sessions, with less than three-tenths of a second separating the top 10, and less than eight-tenths of a second between first and 20th positions on the opening-day timesheet. Continue reading Hunter-Reay, Honda Set Opening-Day Pace in St. Petersburg

Honda Drivers, Teams Ready for 2019 NTT IndyCar Series

Honda Drivers, Teams Ready for 2019 NTT IndyCar Series
• Honda drivers, teams begin defense of 2018 championships
• Lineup features eight IndyCar Series race winners, including three series champions, four Indianapolis 500 winners
• Season opens Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida

TORRANCE, Calif. (March 6, 2019) – Eight race winners, four Indianapolis 500 champions and three former series title holders – with a combined 10 series championships – make up the talented Honda-powered lineup for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series, opening this weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Continue reading Honda Drivers, Teams Ready for 2019 NTT IndyCar Series

Ted Klaus To Succeed Art St. Cyr as HPD President

Ted Klaus To Succeed Art St. Cyr as HPD President
• St. Cyr completes seven-year tenure in president’s role
• Klaus to lead HPD after 28 years with Honda R&D
• St. Cyr to head Auto Operations for American Honda

TORRANCE, Calif. (March 5, 2019) – Ted Klaus, vice-president of Honda R&D Americas, has been named president of Honda Performance Development, effective April 1. He will succeed Art St. Cyr, who also came to HPD from Honda R&D Americas in 2012, and completes a seven-year tenure as president of the wholly-owned subsidiary and racing arm of American Honda.
St. Cyr and Klaus will be the featured guests during a Media Availability to be held at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 9, during the NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race weekend. The Media Availability will be held at the Honda hospitality motor coach in the St. Petersburg IndyCar Series paddock. Transcripts will be made available following the event. Continue reading Ted Klaus To Succeed Art St. Cyr as HPD President

Hondas Earn Top-Five Results in TC America Season-Opening Races

Hondas Earn Top-Five Results in TC America Season-Opening Races
• Taylor Hagler scores a podium result in her Civic Si in Sunday’s event
• Hagler’s podium finish comes in her first professional race weekend
• Chris Haldeman leads Honda’s Saturday charge with a fifth-place result

AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2019) – The green flag flew on the 2019 Touring Car America racing season this weekend, and a six-car contingent of Honda Civic Si drivers – all making their professional racing debuts this weekend – showed its strength over two days of racing at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Taylor Hagler celebrated her first professional race weekend by leading the six-car X-Factor Racing squad with a podium finish in her #77 Civic Si on a chilly Sunday in Texas. Just one year removed from participating in NASA Pro Racing’s HPDE to Racing Program, the Texan fought off the Mazda of Jose DeSilva to earn her first professional podium. Continue reading Hondas Earn Top-Five Results in TC America Season-Opening Races

Acura NSX GT3 Evo Opens 2019 With a Victory at Circuit of the Americas

Acura NSX GT3 Evo Opens 2019 With a Victory at Circuit of the Americas
• Kyle Marcelli, Martin Barkey earn season’s first win for Acura Motorsports
• Marcelli, Barkey lead the ProAm class in points after opening race weekend
• Ryan Eversley, Till Bechtolsheimer complete Acura NSX 1-2 finish on Sunday

AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2019) – Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey wasted no time in taking the new Acura NSX GT3 Evo to Victory Lane, earning the car’s first ProAm class win in Blancpain GT World Challenge America competition and leading an Acura 1-2 Sunday at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Marcelli started from the pole in his Racer’s Edge Acura NSX GT3 Evo in Sunday’s event and deftly maneuvered through opening-lap contact to build an early lead. The Canadian driver then handed off to Barkey, who held serve during a late caution period and carried the #80 car home ahead of the NSX GT3 of Ryan Eversley and Till Bechtolsheimer to complete an Acura 1-2 finish. The win came on the heels of Saturday’s season-opener that saw Marcelli and Barkey score a podium with a third-place finish.

Eversley and Bechtolsheimer also avoided the early carnage in Sunday’s event, then overcame their misstep in the pits to secure a second-place finish. The weekend saw Eversley return to the cockpit of the Acura after a 2018 season that saw him earn a World Challenge TCR title in the Honda Civic Type R. The #8 Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 finished fifth in Saturday’s 2019 opening race, and is currently third in the series point standings.

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Following this weekend’s season opener at COTA, the Blancpain GT World Challenge America series takes a six-week break before resuming for Rounds Three and Four April 26-28 at Virginia International Raceway.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Acura Motorsports activity at the Circuit of the Americas are available on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).

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Kyle Marcelli (co-driver, #80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo) claims the early-season ProAm championship lead with finishes of third and first this weekend: “We exceeded our expectations for the weekend, for sure. We thought coming in [to the weekend] that we’d be happy with a pair of top fives [race results], but the team gave us a really fast Acura NSX and we had a strong weekend.”

Ryan Eversley (co-driver, #5 Gradient Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished second in the ProAm class on Sunday: “A 1-2 for Acura is a great way to cap the opening weekend of GT Racing. It was a pretty crazy start [on] Sunday, guys were hitting us and I just wanted to get through clean and get it back to [co-driver] Till [Bechtolsheimer] in one piece. We had a problem with our seat belts on the pit stop, but we recovered well. It was a good race and I think if we had 10 more minutes, we might have had a shot at the win.”

John Whiteman (Manager, Commerical Motorsports, Honda Performance Development): “The Acura NSX GT3 Evo teams were strong throughout the weekend, and ended with an incredible 1-2 finish on Sunday’s race. The performance and driveability of the new Evo package was on full display here at the Circuit of the Americas. Congratulations to the teams for their hard work and well-deserved results!”

Six Honda Civic Si Race Cars Featured in TC America Season Opener

Six Honda Civic Si Race Cars Featured in TC America Season Opener
• Six Honda Performance Development Honda Civic Si’s in 17-car TCA field at Circuit of the America
• Each Honda comes equipped with Red Line Synthetic Oil’s new Professional Series Oil
• 2019 TC America season opens March 2-3

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 28, 2019) – Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Red Line Synthetic Oil, a leading supplier of high-performance synthetic lubricants and additives, will kick off the 2019 SRO Motorsports TC America Series with six new Honda Civic Si TCA entries. This bumper crop of turnkey, current-generation Honda Civic Si race cars, engineered by HPD, is a direct result of the success achieved in 2018, with driver Tom O’Gorman winning the Pirelli World Challenge TCA Drivers’ Championship, and is a testament to the Civic Si as a dynamic and proven racing platform that is affordable and fun to drive. After extensive testing by HPD, each vehicle will run Red Line’s Professional-Series oils throughout the season. Continue reading Six Honda Civic Si Race Cars Featured in TC America Season Opener

Honda Rookie Herta Stars at Indy Car “Spring Training” Pre-Season Test

Honda Rookie Herta Stars at Indy Car “Spring Training” Pre-Season Test
• Rookie Colton Herta impresses, heads time sheets for two-day test
• Alexander Rossi runs second overall; Honda drivers claim eight of the top 10 positions
• 2019 NTT IndyCar Series opens March 10 in St. Petersburg, Florida

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 13, 2019) – Second-generation Honda racer Colton Herta started his first full season of NTT IndyCar Series competition on a most impressive note, leading three of the four practice sessions during “Spring Training” activities at the Circuit of the Americas. Continue reading Honda Rookie Herta Stars at Indy Car “Spring Training” Pre-Season Test