Category Archives: Honda Racing

Another Podium Run for Michael Shank Racing, Acura in Monterey

Another Podium Run for Michael Shank Racing, Acura in Monterey
• Andy Lally, Katherine Legge finish second at the America’s Tire 250
• Fourth podium finish of 2017, including two wins, for Acura in IMSA competition
• Acura NSX GT3 continues to impress in inaugural North American racing season

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 24, 2017) – A mid-race decision to split pit strategies between the pair of Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s paid dividends Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The driver pairing of Katherine Legge and Andy Lally made opportunistic passes for position – all while saving fuel – to score a second-place finish in the GTD class in the penultimate round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
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Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Rebound in California

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Rebound in California
• Team seeks return to winning form at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
• Mid-season run included victories at Detroit and Watkins Glen, Canadian podium

TORRANCE, Calif. (September 20, 2017) – Michael Shank Racing brings its pair of Acura NSX GT3s to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for this weekend’s penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, seeking to add to an already impressive podium total in the inaugural season of GTD class competition for both the team and manufacturer. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Rebound in California

Acura Motorsports, RealTime Racing Reveal Driver Lineup For the Intercontinenal GT Challenge California Eight Hours

Acura Motorsports, RealTime Racing Reveal Driver Lineup
For the Intercontinenal GT Challenge California Eight Hours
• IMSA champion Dane Cameron to make Acura debut, will join Ryan Eversley and Tom Dyer in #43 RTR Acura NSX GT-3
• ADAC GT Masters championship leader Jules Gounon added to roster of #93 Acura alongside Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins
• Season-ending Intercontinental GT Challenge event takes place next month Continue reading Acura Motorsports, RealTime Racing Reveal Driver Lineup For the Intercontinenal GT Challenge California Eight Hours

Acura NSX GT3s Wrap 2017 Season With Pair of Top-10s in Sonoma

Acura NSX GT3s Wrap 2017 Season With Pair of Top-10s in Sonoma
• Peter Kox finishes seventh and ninth in season-ending doubleheader
• Ryan Eversley suffers severed brake line and unavoidable contact in his two races
• RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3s finish sixth in season’s team championship

SONOMA, California (September 18, 2017) – The RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 team had a mixed end to the season finale Pirelli World Challenge GT doubleheader weekend at Sonoma Raceway, capping the year with a pair of top-10 runs from Peter Kox. Continue reading Acura NSX GT3s Wrap 2017 Season With Pair of Top-10s in Sonoma

Banner Day for Chevrolet at Sonoma as Newgarden Claims First IndyCar Championship, Pagenaud Sonoma Race Victory

Banner Day for Chevrolet at Sonoma as Newgarden Claims First IndyCar Championship, Pagenaud Sonoma Race Victory
Fifth Driver’s Championship in Six Seasons for Team Chevy in Verizon IndyCar Series

Chevrolet claims sixth consecutive Manufacturer Championship in Verizon IndyCar Series
Team Penske adds another victory and championship to storied resume in IndyCar
Josef Newgarden claims title in first season with Team Penske
Team Chevy sweeps podium in season-finale with Will Power finished third behind Pagenaud and Newgarden
Victory vaults Pagenaud to second in season-ending standing to give one-two in point standings Continue reading Banner Day for Chevrolet at Sonoma as Newgarden Claims First IndyCar Championship, Pagenaud Sonoma Race Victory

Dixon’s Championship Run Falls Short in Sonoma

Dixon’s Championship Run Falls Short in Sonoma
• Scott Dixon finishes fourth at GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, third in drivers’ championship
• Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti complete 2017 season with exciting battle for sixth
• Ed Jones named 2017 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year

SONOMA Calif. (September 17, 2017) – A valiant effort from Scott Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing team came up short Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, as the Honda driver finished fourth in the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, and third in the final drivers’ championship standings. Continue reading Dixon’s Championship Run Falls Short in Sonoma

Sato, Dixon Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Sonoma

Sato, Dixon Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Sonoma
• Takuma Sato to start season-ending race from fifth
• Scott Dixon, seeking his fifth IndyCar Series drivers’ championship, will start sixth
• Title to be decided in Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (September 16, 2017) – Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato and Honda’s leading contender for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship – Scott Dixon – led the way for the manufacturer today in qualifying action in advance of Sunday’s season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Continue reading Sato, Dixon Head Honda Qualifying Effort at Sonoma

Hunter-Reay Leads Honda Field in Friday Practice at Sonoma

Hunter-Reay Leads Honda Field in Friday Practice at Sonoma
• Ryan Hunter-Reay ends opening day at Sonoma Raceway in fifth
• Watkins Glen race winner Alexander Rossi runs sixth
• Championship contender Scott Dixon posts seventh-fastest time

SONOMA, Calif. (September 15, 2017) – Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon – the drivers who completed an all-Honda podium two weeks ago at Watkins Glen – led the way for Honda today in practice at Sonoma Raceway for Sunday’s season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Hunter-Reay, third at the most recent Verizon IndyCar Series round at Watkins Glen, was quickest for Honda today and fifth overall on the time sheets. His Andretti Autosport teammate, ‘Glen winner Alexander Rossi, ended the day sixth overall. Continue reading Hunter-Reay Leads Honda Field in Friday Practice at Sonoma

Honda Racing–An Interview With: ART ST. CYR

An Interview With:

ART ST. CYR

THE MODERATOR: Thank you for joining us for the final in a series of media briefings that we’ve had throughout the 2017 season. As is customary, our guest today is Art St. Cyr, the president of HPD. Art, thanks for making time for us. Let me I think I can speak for everybody under the canopy when we open by wishing you a very happy birthday.
ART ST. CYR: Thank you very much.
THE MODERATOR: And our present is that we aren’t going to sing.
ART ST. CYR: I appreciate that. I actually only have one wish for my birthday, and it’s a championship. I also wish for a Honda jet for my birthday, but I’m probably not going to get that. Continue reading Honda Racing–An Interview With: ART ST. CYR

Olsbergs MSE, Honda Return to the Pacific Northwest

Olsbergs MSE, Honda Return to the Pacific Northwest
• In 2016, Honda Claimed its First Double-Podium Result at Evergreen Speedway
• Sebastian Eriksson Looks to Defend 2016 Podium Performance in Seattle
• Manufacturers’ Championship Still in Sight For Honda; Nine-Point Gap.

Evergreen Speedway Rallycross Course
• Lap Length: .735 Miles
• Turns: 7
• Pavement: 64.3%
• Dirt: 35.7%
• Joker Lap: Longcut after Turn 5; extends circuit to .788 miles Continue reading Olsbergs MSE, Honda Return to the Pacific Northwest

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Squad Scores Five Top-10s in Texas

RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Squad Scores Five Top-10s in Texas
• Ryan Eversley and Tom Dyer earn top-nine finishes in each of the weekend’s three races
• Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins score top-eight finishes in final two races
• Team within reach of top-five finish in season standings heading into Sonoma finale

AUSTIN, Texas (September 3, 2017) – The RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 team had one of its most consistent weekends of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season, scoring five top-10 finishes on a Labor Day holiday event that featured three PWC races.

Austin’s Circuit of the Americas not only hosted the penultimate PWC race weekend of the year, it also hosted the postponed fourth round of the SprintX championship, which was rained out in Canada back in May.

The team of Ryan Eversley and Tom Dyer took its Acura NSX GT3s to top-nine finishes in each of the three races, while the duo of Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins overcame a problem in the opening race to earn top-eight results in the final two events.

“This weekend was a great example of making the best of what you are given and maximizing the result,” said NSX GT3 Project Leader Lee Niffenegger. “RTR came away with five top-tens in three races by staying consistent and keeping out of trouble. In addition to the good points haul, the cars came out in one piece, due to the great driving displayed by Mark, Peter, Ryan, and Tom in avoiding what could have been catastrophic incidents.”

Friday’s event was the only real hiccup for the RTR Acuras over the weekend, as a loose hood pin on the #93 of Kox and Wilkins caused early pit stops and affected the airflow on the car. In the end, with two races left to run in the warm temperatures, the team decided that discretion was the better part of valor and retired the car.

“One side of the hood didn’t clip in correctly. The wind got underneath and broke the hood right off,” reported Wilkins. “We tried to run it a little bit, but it started overheating because of the change in airflow, so the call was made to preserve the car for the other two races.”

The #43 Acura NSX of Eversley and Dyer came home in ninth place on Friday and had a strong start on Saturday before incurring a penalty for being too fast on the driver change – per regulations specified in the PWC SprintX format. Eversley brought the car to the pits in fifth place, but the penalty meant that Dyer had to battle to bring home a ninth-place result. Meanwhile, the #93 rebounded from Friday’s malady and finished seventh.

“We started ninth and came out of Turn One in fifth. I was able to bring the car in, in a good position for Tom to take over,” said Eversley. “He went out and was running great, and then we realized we were 0.044-seconds too fast on the driver change. But Tom did a nice job and we were happy with the finishes considering where our car was over the weekend.”

Sunday’s event was the best of the weekend for the Acura NSX GT3 teams as both ran in the top-eight for most of the race. Eversley passed the Cadillac of Ricky Taylor late in the race to secure a weekend-best sixth-place run, while Kox and Wilkins finished eighth.

While the team felt fortunate to finish sixth after a trying weekend, it wasn’t until after the checkered flag that it saw just how fortunate the RealTime squad had actually been. Dyer was clipped by the Wright Motorsports Porsche during a strong start on which he had gained seven spots. But the contact had bent the bodywork toward the wheel, which had been slowly digging into the tire, which ultimately went flat on the cool-down lap.

“We caught a break there for sure,” Dyer said. “It would have been a shame to see the team lose the ground we had gained over the weekend with a flat tire. Kudos to the Pirellis for providing a strong tire for us to race on.”

The Acura NSX GT3 racecar utilizes the production NSX’s lightweight multi-material body with aluminum-intensive space frame, and is powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine. The engine uses the same design specifications as the production 2017 Acura NSX, including the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The engine is paired with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels. The NSX is produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.

Rossi Heads Honda Sweep at Watkins Glen

Rossi Heads Honda Sweep at Watkins Glen
• Alexander Rossi claims second career IndyCar victory, first of 2017
• Scott Dixon closes on championship lead with second-place result
• Ryan Hunter-Reay completes 1-2-3 sweep for Honda

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 3, 2017) – Alexander Rossi led a 1-2-3 Honda sweep of the podium Sunday at the INDYCAR Grand Prix of the Glen, with Scott Dixon making a massive gain in the drivers’ championship standings following a second-place finish and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the top three at Watkins Glen International Raceway.
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Rossi, Honda Take Pole at Watkins Glen

Rossi, Honda Take Pole at Watkins Glen
• Alexander Rossi claims career first IndyCar Series pole
• Scott Dixon qualifies second as Honda sweeps front row

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 2, 2017) – Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon swept the front row in qualifying, taking their Hondas to first and second in Verizon IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying at Watkins Glen International Raceway in preparation for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen. Continue reading Rossi, Honda Take Pole at Watkins Glen

Dixon, Honda Lead Friday Practice at Watkins Glen

Dixon, Honda Lead Friday Practice at Watkins Glen
• Four-time Watkins Glen Scott Dixon runs quickest in opening-day practice
• Graham Rahal posts third-fastest time
• Seven Honda drivers in top 10

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 1, 2017) – Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Friday in Verizon IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen, at the historic Watkins Glen International Raceway. Dixon and Rahal finished the day first and third, respectively, after a pair of 45-minute sessions. Continue reading Dixon, Honda Lead Friday Practice at Watkins Glen

Michael Shank Racing Acura’s Knocked Out in Virginia

Michael Shank Racing Acura’s Knocked Out in Virginia

  • Virginia International Raceway runs end early for both Acura NSX GT3s
  • Competitor penalized after contact with Katherine Legge’s #93 Acura
  • Ozz Negri’s #86 NSX GT3 retires after contact from a GTLM entry

 

ALTON, Va. (August 27, 2017) – Promising early runs for both Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s ended after less than an hour of racing Sunday at Virginia International Raceway, due to damage resulting from separate incidents. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing Acura’s Knocked Out in Virginia

Determined Dixon Finishes Second for Honda at Gateway

Determined Dixon Finishes Second for Honda at Gateway

  • Scott Dixon takes championship battle into final two races
  • Sixth top-six finish of season for Alexander Rossi
  • Sebastien Bourdais returns from injury to finish 10th

 

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 26, 2017) – Scott Dixon continued his fight for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship with a determined second-place finish Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park, as the series returned to the metro St. Louis in front of a large, enthusiastic audience after a 14-year absence. Continue reading Determined Dixon Finishes Second for Honda at Gateway

Rossi Heads Honda Effort at Pocono

Rossi Heads Honda Effort at Pocono
• 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion leads 44 laps, finishes third
• Seven Honda drivers combine to lead 160 of 200 laps
• 500-mile race features Pocono record 41 lead changes

LONG POND, Pa. (Aug. 20, 2017) – Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal and a heroic Ryan Hunter-Reay were among seven Honda drivers to contend for victory Sunday at Pocono Raceway, the second and final 500-mile race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series. But a third-place result for Rossi was the highlight for Honda, as an off-sequence pit strategy paid huge dividends for Penske Racing, with Will Power and Josef Newgarden finishing 1-2 at the end of 200 hard-fought laps. Continue reading Rossi Heads Honda Effort at Pocono

Sato, Honda Claim Pocono Pole

Sato, Honda Claim Pocono Pole
• Seventh career pole for Sato, second pole of 2017
• Honda drivers take seven of top 10 starting positions
• Second 500-mile race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series

LONG POND, Pa. (Aug. 19, 2017) – Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato completed a dramatic day of Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying Saturday at Pocono Raceway, claiming the pole for Honda in the final run of the afternoon, and just minutes after teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed heavily in Turn 3. Continue reading Sato, Honda Claim Pocono Pole