Category Archives: Honda Racing

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

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Wins Parker 425

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Wins Parker 425
• Honda Off-Road Racing Team opens 2019 season with repeat victory in Arizona
• Second consecutive class win for Ridgeline at the Parker 425
• Ridgeline Baja Race Truck dominates unlimited V6 truck category

PARKER, Arizona (Feb. 3, 2019) – The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck opened the 2019 off-road racing season in the best possible fashion, with a decisive second consecutive victory in the “7200” class for V6-powered unlimited race trucks in Saturday’s Parker 425. Continue reading Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Wins Parker 425

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Wins Parker 425

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Wins Parker 425
• Honda Off-Road Racing Team opens 2019 season with repeat victory in Arizona
• Second consecutive class win for Ridgeline at the Parker 425
• Ridgeline Baja Race Truck dominates unlimited V6 truck category

PARKER, Arizona (Feb. 3, 2019) – The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck opened the 2019 off-road racing season in the best possible fashion, with a decisive second consecutive victory in the “7200” class for V6-powered unlimited race trucks in Saturday’s Parker 425. Continue reading Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Wins Parker 425

Honda Civic Type R TCRs Finish 1-2 in Daytona Debut

Honda Civic Type R TCRs Finish 1-2 in Daytona Debut
• Honda Civic Type R claims TCR class victory in MICHELIN Pilot Challenge debut
• LA Honda World Racing finish 1-2 at Daytona International Speedway
• Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock take the win, teammates Mat Pombo and Mike LaMarra finish second

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2019) – LA Honda World Racing claimed a 1-2 finish in a thrilling debut for the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge series Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Tom O’Gorman, 2018 Pirelli World Challenge TCA champion, and Indy Lights veteran Shelby Blackstock combined to edge teammates Mike LaMarra and Mat Pombo by just 1.605 seconds on the challenging Daytona road course. Continue reading Honda Civic Type R TCRs Finish 1-2 in Daytona Debut

Top-Three Qualifying Efforts for Acura at Rolex 24

Top-Three Qualifying Efforts for Acura at Rolex 24
• Ricky Taylor runs second for Acura Team Penske in Rolex 24 qualifying
• Juan Pablo Montoya takes his Acura ARX-05 to third on the grid
• Trent Hindman heads Acura NSX GT3 Evo effort, qualifying third in GTD

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 24, 2019) – Strong Rolex 24 qualifying performances from both Acura teams Thursday at Daytona International Speedway saw Ricky Taylor qualifying on the outside of the front row, second, for Acura Team Penske, and Meyer Shank Racing’s Trent Hindman posting the third-quickest GTD qualifying run in his Acura NSX GT3 Evo.
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Acura Teams Ready for Rolex 24

Acura Teams Ready for Rolex 24
• Acura Team Penske returns with race-winning two-car prototype effort
• Meyer Shank Racing debuts Evo model of successful Acura NSX GT3
• Twice-around-the-clock endurance classic opens the 2018 racing season on Saturday

TORRANCE, Calif. (January 21, 2019) – Acura Motorsports returns to Daytona International Speedway this weekend as Team Penske seeks to build on its race-winning prototype effort with the Acura ARX-05, and Meyer Shank Racing debuts the new Evo version of the Acura NSX GT3 as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season kicks off this weekend with the Rolex 24. Continue reading Acura Teams Ready for Rolex 24

CORVETTE RACING AT SHANGHAI: Chaotic Close to 20th Season Gavin, Milner weather challenges of Shanghai Six Hours

CORVETTE RACING AT SHANGHAI: Chaotic Close to 20th Season
Gavin, Milner weather challenges of Shanghai Six Hours

SHANGHAI (Nov. 18, 2018) – Corvette Racing’s closed its 20th season of competition Sunday with hard-fought effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of Shanghai as Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and the whole of the Corvette Racing program weathered… well, the weather.

The Milner/Gavin pairing drove their No. 64 Redline/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to a 10th-place finish in the GTE Pro category on a challenging day at the SAIC International Circuit. Not only was it the first time for the Corvette Racing at Shanghai, but a moderate and steady rain in the race’s opening half and at the end made the day even more daunting.

Nevertheless, the team minimized both its time in the pitlane and mistakes in front of an enthusiastic crowd and a considerable group of Chevrolet’s Chinese guests. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT SHANGHAI: Chaotic Close to 20th Season Gavin, Milner weather challenges of Shanghai Six Hours

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Closes Out Season with Baja 1000 Podium

Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Closes Out Season with Baja 1000 Podium
• Ridgeline Baja Race Truck finishes second in Class 7
• Honda continues streak of Baja 1000 class victories and podiums
• Honda Off-Road Racing Team completes five-race 2018 season with three class victories and two second-place results

ENSENADA, Mexico (Nov. 18, 2018) – The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck completed their 2018 season with a hard-fought second-place Class 7 finish this weekend in the 51st running of the BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000. Continue reading Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Closes Out Season with Baja 1000 Podium

Indy 500 Winner Rossi Ready for Baja 1000 Debut

Indy 500 Winner Rossi Ready for Baja 1000 Debut
• Alexander Rossi makes Baja 1000 debut this weekend
• Will co-drive Baja Ridgeline Race Truck with veteran race winners Jeff Proctor, Johnny Campbell
• Rossi following in footsteps of Indy 500 winners Parnelli Jones, Rick Mears

TORRANCE, California (Nov. 14, 2018) – Testing and pre-runs complete, Honda Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi now heads south of the border to Ensenada, Mexico as he joins the Honda Off-Road Racing Team for this weekend’s Baja 1000.
Rossi, rookie winner of the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 and second in the 2018 IndyCar Series championship, will join veteran Baja race winners Jeff Proctor and Johnny Campbell driving the Baja Ridgeline Race Truck as the team seeks its third class victory in the legendary off-road event. Continue reading Indy 500 Winner Rossi Ready for Baja 1000 Debut

Indy 500 Winner Rossi Looks Forward To Baja Challenge

Indy 500 Winner Rossi Looks Forward To Baja Challenge
• Alexander Rossi to make Baja 1000 debut with Honda Off-Road Racing Team
• Will follow in footsteps of Indy 500 winners Parnelli Jones, Rick Mears
• Rossi to co-drive Ridgeline with Baja veterans Jeff Proctor, Johnny Campbell

TORRANCE, California (Oct. 22, 2018) – Honda racer Alexander Rossi, rookie winner of the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, is excited to tackle a new challenge – the SCORE Baja 1000 – as he joins the Honda Off-Road Racing Team for November’s 61st running of the legendary race. Continue reading Indy 500 Winner Rossi Looks Forward To Baja Challenge

Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships

Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships
• 54 Honda, Acura racers compete at Sonoma Raceway
• Four titles include podium sweep in Formula F
• Honda, Acura drivers also win Super Touring Under, Prototype 1 and Touring 1

SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2018) – Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national championship titles, including a podium sweep and seventh consecutive Formula F title, at the 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, contested over the weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

A total of 54 Honda and Acura racers traveled to the challenging Northern California road course for this year’s 55th annual national championships. It was a weekend of success for Honda and Acura drivers, with four national championships and podium finishes in Formula F and three other races, giving Honda Racing victories and top-three results in seven of the 12 classes it contested at this year’s Runoffs.
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Honda Performance Development Announces New HPD Civic Si Race Car

Honda Performance Development Announces New HPD Civic Si Race Car
• Complete, “turn key” Civic Si racer to be produced by HPD
• Will be eligible for Pirelli World Challenge, SCCA and NASA competition
• HPD to supply technical support through Honda Racing Line

SONOMA, Calif. (October 19, 2018) – After the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the racing Civic Si concept shown at last year’s Performance Racing Industry show, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is pleased to launch the HPD Civic Si Race Car program. HPD plans to build, sell and support a turnkey, current-gen Honda Civic Si race car, and create additional opportunities to use the highly capable, reliable, and affordable Civic in racing series such as the 2019 Pirelli World Challenge TCA, SCCA T3, and NASA H2 classes. Continue reading Honda Performance Development Announces New HPD Civic Si Race Car

Honda, Acura Racers Prepare For SCCA National Championships

Honda, Acura Racers Prepare For SCCA National Championships
• 56 Honda, Acura racers to compete in 12 classes at Sonoma Raceway
• Individual races determine champions in each class
• Event returns to West Coast for first time since 2014

TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2018) – Honda and Acura racers head to Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco, this weekend for the 55th running of the Sports Car Club of America National Championship “Runoffs”, hoping to add to an already impressive total of titles won by Honda Racing Line members.
Practice and qualifying for this weekend’s 24 races is underway at the challenging, 2.52-mile Sonoma road course. A total of 56 Honda and Acura racers will compete in 12 of the classes, an increase of eight over the last time the Runoffs were conducted in California, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014.
Honda Performance Development will again be onsite throughout the event to provide technical and parts suppor Continue reading Honda, Acura Racers Prepare For SCCA National Championships

Acura Teams Ready for Season-Ending Petit Le Mans

Acura Teams Ready for Season-Ending Petit Le Mans

  • Ricky Taylor leads Acura Team Penske to fifth in prototype qualifying
  • Mario Farnbacher pilots his Acura NSX GT3 to sixth in GTD
  • Katherine Legge continues chase for GTD championship
  • Acura NSX GT3 Evo unveiled, on display, at Road Atlanta

 

BRASELTON, GA (October 12, 2018) – Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor will start fifth in Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans, while Katherine Legge’s #86 Acura NSX GT3 will start from sixth in the GTD class, as she and her Meyer Shank Racing team chase the GTD championship in the final round of the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 

In addition to the overall GTD title fight, Acura contends for both the Prototype and GTD manufacturers’ crowns in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship. All will be decided in Saturday’s 10-hour race at Road Atlanta.

 

Earlier today, Acura unveiled an enhanced NSX GT3, designated the NSX GT3 Evo, which will compete on racetracks throughout the world in 2019, including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Acura NSX GT3 Evo is on display in the Road Atlanta infield “Fan Zone” through this weekend’s Petit Le Mans.

 

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3

Legge and the MSR team will start their Acura sixth, alongside their championship rivals, Lamborghini drivers Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow, who qualified fifth today. Legge trails Sellers and Snow by six points, with up to 35 points on offer in the race. After qualifying sixth today, Alvaro Parente will start the #86 NSX GT3 in the car he shares with Legge and Trent Hindman.

 

In the #93 MSR Acura, Mario Farnbacher will start fourth in the car he shares with regular-season drivers Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks, as the trio seek to finish its 2018 season on a high note and support the championship efforts of their teammates.

 

Acura Team Penske Prototype

Acura Team Penske’s Taylor will start on the inside of the third row, fifth, in the #7 ARX-05 he shares with Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal in search of the team’s second victory of 2018. Taylor and Castroneves led an Acura Team Penske 1-2 finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in May.

 

Driving the #6 Acura ARX-05, Juan Pablo Montoya will start eighth before handing over to regular co-driver Dane Cameron and endurance driver Simon Pagenaud.

 

Quotes

Alvaro Parente (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) qualified sixth in GTD: “We weren’t able to extract the same segment time in sector three [the final third of the lap] during qualifying as we did in practice. The car was fine everywhere else. But that little bit cost us grid positions. It’s a long race where anything can happen, so we just need to be smart. My goal is have a clean start and hand over a good car to [co-drivers] Katherine [Legge] and Trent [Hindman], so we are in the best spot possible for the championship. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow!”

 

 

Ricky Taylor (driver, #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) qualified fifth: “I mean, it’s good when you’re disappointed with a fifth-place [qualifying run]. We probably didn’t put together the perfect lap. If we had, then maybe we would’ve been fighting for a top three or so. Our Acura has been quick, especially at night. So, the goal for tomorrow is to get through the daylight hours without problems. Then, by about seven or eight o’clock, we should be in really good shape for the closing hours.”

 

Where to watch the Petit Le Mans

The 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta starts at 11 a.m. EDT Saturday, October 13. Live television coverage begins on Fox Sports 1 at 10:30 a.m. EDT; then moves to Fox Sports 2 from 12-9:30 p.m.

 

Fans can listen to audio commentary via IMSA.comRadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM Radio; and follow the race live via in-car cameras, IMSA Radio and timing & scoring available worldwide on IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile device App.

 

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Acura IMSA prototype and GTD racing action are available on HPD’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).

 

Acura Teams, Legge Chase IMSA Championships

Acura Teams, Legge Chase IMSA Championships
• Meyer Shank Racing, Katherine Legge in close battle for GTD title
• Acura in contention for Prototype, GTD endurance championships
• 2018 season ends with Petit Le Mans endurance contest

TORRANCE, Calif. (October 8, 2018) – The 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to a close this weekend with the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, with Katherine Legge and her Meyer Shank Racing team seeking the GTD class championships; while Acura contends for both the Prototype and GTD manufacturer crowns in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship. Continue reading Acura Teams, Legge Chase IMSA Championships

Hunter-Reay Takes Sonoma Win; Dixon, Honda Claim Indy Car Titles

Hunter-Reay Takes Sonoma Win; Dixon, Honda Claim Indy Car Titles
• Ryan Hunter-Reay dominates Sonoma for second win of 2018
• Scott Dixon claims record-tying fifth IndyCar Series title
• Honda wins 11 races, 2018 Manufacturers’ Championship

SONOMA Calif. (September 16, 2018) – Ryan Hunter-Reay led 80 of 85 laps to win today’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma season finale, while Scott Dixon finished second to secure a record-tying fifth IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship. Honda’s 11th race win of 2018 cemented the company’s seventh Indy car Manufacturers’ Championship since 1994.

Starting from the pole, Hunter-Reay dominated the 17th and final round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series, turning over the lead only during routine pit stops to score his second win of the year, and 18th career Indy car victory. Continue reading Hunter-Reay Takes Sonoma Win; Dixon, Honda Claim Indy Car Titles

Hunter-Reay, Honda Snare Pole at Sonoma

Hunter-Reay, Honda Snare Pole at Sonoma
• Ryan Hunter-Reay leads all-Honda front row in Sonoma Raceway qualifying
• Championship leader Scott Dixon to start second
• Title contender Alexander Rossi qualifies sixth

SONOMA, California (September 15, 2018) – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Honda in qualifying action today at Sonoma Raceway, claiming the pole for Sunday’s season finale – and championship deciding – INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Hunter-Reay led all three rounds of Verizon IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying to claim his first pole at Sonoma Raceway, and his first IndyCar Series pole since the 2014 Grand Prix of Long Beach. Continue reading Hunter-Reay, Honda Snare Pole at Sonoma

Hunter-Reay, Honda Lead IndyCar Series Practice at Sonoma

Hunter-Reay, Honda Lead IndyCar Series Practice at Sonoma
• Ryan Hunter-Reay paces morning practice, and the day at Sonoma Raceway
• Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi prepare for title conclusion on Sunday
• Dixon posts third-fastest practice time, Rossi runs 11th

SONOMA, California (September 14, 2018) – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the way for Honda Friday at Sonoma Raceway, posting the fastest time in the first of two practice sessions for Sunday’s season finale – and championship deciding – INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Scott Dixon, leading the championship by 29 points (598-569) over primary rival Alexander Rossi, recorded his quickest lap of the day in the afternoon session to finish the day third overall. Rossi ran eighth in the morning session, but was unable to improve in the afternoon and slipped to 11th overall. Continue reading Hunter-Reay, Honda Lead IndyCar Series Practice at Sonoma

Legge, Parente Take Acura To GTD Victory at Laguna Seca

Legge, Parente Take Acura To GTD Victory at Laguna Seca
• Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente score second GTD win of 2018 for Meyer Shank Racing
• Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya combine for Prototype podium
• GTD championship fight continues to season finale

MONTEREY, CA (September 9, 2018) – The #86 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente came from behind – twice – to score a dominating GTD class victory Sunday at The America’s Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Continue reading Legge, Parente Take Acura To GTD Victory at Laguna Seca

Acura Teams Push For California Success

Acura Teams Push For California Success
• Acura Team Penske seeks second debut-season victory
• Meyer Shank Racing, Katherine Legge continue GTD title challenge
• Prototype class returns to WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca

TORRANCE, Calif. (September 5, 2018) – After the GT-only round at Virginia International Raceway three weeks ago, Acura teams and drivers head to scenic Monterey, California for the next-to-last round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Continue reading Acura Teams Push For California Success