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Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Debut at Daytona

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Debut at Daytona
• First public WeatherTech SportsCar Championship outing for new Acura NSX GT3s
• Three-day test in preparation for season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona
• 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season starts January 28

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 8, 2017) – The Michael Shank Racing effort, featuring a pair of new Acura NSX GT3 race cars and a stellar, eight-driver lineup of proven race winners, made its public debut this weekend at the “Roar Before the 24”, an open test conducted at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 later this month. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Debut at Daytona

Shea Racing, Honda Performance Development Expand 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Program

Shea Racing, Honda Performance Development
Expand 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Program
• Tom O’Gorman to run 2017 Honda Civic Si
• B-Spec champion O’Gorman moves up to TCA competition
• Shea Holbrook, Jason Fichter will campaign Honda Accords in TC

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 9, 2016) – Honda Performance Development is pleased to announce that Shea Racing will expand the team’s Pirelli World Challenge racing effort in 2017, fielding reigning B-Spec champion Tom O’Gorman in a new Honda Civic Si in the TCA category, while continuing to run a pair of Touring Car-class Honda Accords for drivers Shea Holbrook and Jason Fichter.
The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si, featuring exclusive racing parts developed by HPD and its partners, will also be available to Honda Racing Line customers who wish to build and race their own cars. Continue reading Shea Racing, Honda Performance Development Expand 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Program

Hunter-Reay, Rahal Complete Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Rolex 24 Lineup

Hunter-Reay, Rahal Complete Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Rolex 24 Lineup

• Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal complete Michael Shank Racing lineup for season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway
• Pair to join MSR drivers Tom Dyer, Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Ozz Negri, Jeff Segal and Mark Wilkins at Daytona

SANTA CLARITA, CA (Dec. 8, 2016) – Indianapolis 500 winner and series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will join Verizon IndyCar Series race winner Graham Rahal to complete the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) Acura NSX GT3 driving lineup at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January.
The Indy car pilots will join MSR full-season drivers Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri Jr., and Jeff Segal; and endurance drivers Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins, aboard the #86 and #93 Acura NSX GT3s which the team will field at Daytona in the opening round of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Continue reading Hunter-Reay, Rahal Complete Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Rolex 24 Lineup

2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Lineup Features Talent, Experience

2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Lineup Features Talent, Experience

• Michael Shank Racing to campaign in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with drivers Lally, Legge, Negri, Segal
• RealTime Racing drivers Eversley, Kox to compete in SCCA Pirelli World Challenge
• Driver Meet-and-Greet at the Acura SEMA Booth 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 1

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2016) – Acura Motorsports today announced that Michael Shank Racing (MSR) and RealTime Racing will field impressive and experienced driver lineups in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and SCCA Pirelli World Challenge. Continue reading 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Lineup Features Talent, Experience

RealTime Acuras Both Earn Top-10 Finishes in World Challenge Season Finale

RealTime Acuras Both Earn Top-10 Finishes in World Challenge Season Finale
• Ryan Eversley finishes sixth in season standings to lead 2016 Acura PWC effort
• Spencer Pumpelly finishes ninth in season finale for RealTime Racing
• Acura drivers gained 14 positions from their starting spots on Sunday

MONTEREY, Calif. – (October 11, 2016) – The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season ended with a bang Sunday afternoon in Monterey, California, as the Acura TLXs of RealTime Racing deftly avoided a last-lap dustup and finished with a pair of top-10 finishes in the season finale.

A late caution forced a one-lap shootout for the win on the twisty 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca layout, but Spencer Pumpelly sidestepped trouble to finish ninth, while Ryan Eversley survived late contact and followed his teammate home for a 10th-place result. Eversley’s result moved him to sixth place in the PWC GT final standings, matching the best season result ever posted by the Acura TLX GT. Continue reading RealTime Acuras Both Earn Top-10 Finishes in World Challenge Season Finale

Honda, Olsbergs MSE Finish the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

Honda, Olsbergs MSE Finish the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

• Joni Wiman Captures Fifth-Place Finish for Olsbergs MSE
• All Three Honda Racing Drivers Competed in the Final Race of 2016
• Honda Secures a Third-Place Finish in the Season-Long Manufacturers’ Championship

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 9, 2016) – In the final event of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, Honda and Olsbergs MSE collected another top-five finish with driver Joni Wiman. The result caps off the manufacturer’s first season competing in Red Bull GRC, with a total of five podium results in the turbocharged 2016 Honda Civic Coupe. Continue reading Honda, Olsbergs MSE Finish the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

Honda, Olsbergs MSE Prepare for Global Rallycross Season Finale in Los Angeles

Honda, Olsbergs MSE Prepare for Global Rallycross Season Finale in Los Angeles

• Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman Look to Defend Podium Results from Seattle
• Honda Civic Coupes Debut on Home Turf, in Southern California
• Honda is in a Battle for Second Place in Season-Long Manufacturers’ Championship

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 4, 2016) – In the final Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship events of the season, the Olsbergs MSE team and drivers Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman anticipate an exciting doubleheader weekend at the Port of Los Angeles. Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles Presented by Honda will not only feature sponsorship from the manufacturer, but the shortest circuit of the 2016 season, at just .699 miles in length. Continue reading Honda, Olsbergs MSE Prepare for Global Rallycross Season Finale in Los Angeles

Honda, Acura Racers Claim Six SCCA National Championships

Honda, Acura Racers Claim Six SCCA National Championships
• Runoffs results reflect impact of Honda Racing Line Program
• Podium sweep in Super Touring Light, Formula F
• Honda drivers also win P1, B-Spec, STU and GTL

LEXINGTON, Ohio. (Sept. 26, 2016) – Honda and Acura racers won six Sports Car Club of America national championship titles, including podium sweeps in both the competitive Super Touring Light category and Formula F, at the 2016 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, contested this past weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Continue reading Honda, Acura Racers Claim Six SCCA National Championships

RealTime Acura TLX GTs Score a Pair of Top-10 Results In Sonoma

RealTime Acura TLX GTs Score a Pair of Top-10 Results In Sonoma
• Ryan Eversley finishes 10th in Saturday’s opener
• Peter Kox earns top 10 in his first weekend in the Acura TLX GT
• Eversley will fight for top-five finish in the championship at season finale

SONOMA, California – (September 18, 2016) – The RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT squad dealt with its share of adversity over the weekend at Sonoma, but persevered through a pair of tough Pirelli World Challenge races to earn two top-10 results.

Looking to solidify a spot in the top five of the PWC GT drivers’ standings, Ryan Eversley earned solid points-paying finishes of 10th and 12th in the weekend’s two events. Meanwhile, Peter Kox made his first-ever PWC starts in the #34 Acura TLX and came away with a 15th-place run in the opener on Saturday, and a 10th-place finish in Sunday’s event. Continue reading RealTime Acura TLX GTs Score a Pair of Top-10 Results In Sonoma

Rahal, Honda Run Second at Sonoma

Rahal, Honda Run Second at Sonoma
• Strong close nets Rahal fifth in championship
• Hunter-Reay battles to fourth at the finish
• Rossi finishes fifth, claims series Rookie of the Year Honors

Hot temperatures and resulting tire wear led to a variety of race strategies in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway, with Honda driver Graham Rahal coping best with the conditions to finish second, moving him to fifth in the championship after a strong end-of-season run that included a victory last month at Texas Motor Speedway.

Starting fifth, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team kept its driver on a three-stop strategy that proved to be the correct plan, as utilized by the top six finishers in the 85-lap contest. In the final laps, Rahal closed on eventual race winner – and 2016 series champion – Simon Pagenaud, but was not able to make a move for the victory. Still, the second place result, coupled with his win in Texas, second at Barber Motorsports Park and five additional top-five finishes, netted Rahal fifth in the championship.

Honda’s Indianapolis 500 winner, Alexander Rossi, appeared headed for a fourth-place finish but ran short of fuel, enabling his Andretti Autosport teammate, Ryan-Hunter Reay, to nab the position on the final lap. Fifth was still more than sufficient for Rossi to claim 2016 Rookie of the Year honors and finish ninth in the championship.

Finishing fourth, Hunter-Reay added to a 2016 tally that included three podium finishes and a pair of fourths to end the season 10th in the championship.

Contact Dents Honda, Michael Shank Racing Effort in Texas

Contact Dents Honda, Michael Shank Racing Effort in Texas
• Minor impact results in cut tire, unscheduled pit stop
• Tight Manufacturers’ Championship battles continue to season finale

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Lone Star Le Mans
Circuit: Circuit of the Americas (3.40-mile road course) Austin, TX
Weather: Partly sunny, hot, 90 degrees F

AUSTIN, TX (September 17, 2016) – A strategic approach by Michael Shank Racing to a hot and humid IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas was blunted by mid-race contact that prevented a potential podium finish for the Honda-powered effort.

Starting the two hour, 40-minute contest at the rear of the combined Prototype and Prototype Challenge field so that non-qualifying driver Ozz Negri could start the race, the MSR Ligier JSP2 Honda quickly worked through the PC class entries in the opening laps. Continue reading Contact Dents Honda, Michael Shank Racing Effort in Texas

Olsbergs MSE, Honda Capture First Red Bull GRC Double-Podium Result

Olsbergs MSE, Honda Capture First Red Bull GRC Double-Podium Result

• Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman Finish Second and Third
• First Double-Podium Result in Manufacturer’s Inaugural Year in Red Bull GRC
• Eriksson’s Fourth Podium Result, Highest Finish of the Season (Second Place)

SEATTLE, WA. (September 17, 2016) – For the first time in the manufacturer’s history, Honda Olsbergs MSE drivers Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman captured a double-podium finish in Red Bull Global Rallycross competition on Saturday at Evergreen Speedway. With the result, Honda has now tallied five podium finishes in its inaugural season in Red Bull GRC.

After enduring the rain and mud-soaked conditions, Eriksson piloted his No. 93 Honda Red Bull OMSE Civic Coupe to a second-place finish, while his teammate, Wiman, finished third. Both drivers displayed superb car control through the difficult circumstances. Eriksson’s inside starting position on the middle of the front row and Wiman’s, on the inside of the third row, proved to be the edge the team needed to secure the second and third positions through the hole shot. Continue reading Olsbergs MSE, Honda Capture First Red Bull GRC Double-Podium Result

Rahal, Hunter-Reay Head Honda Qualifying at Sonoma

Rahal, Hunter-Reay Head Honda Qualifying at Sonoma
• Rahal to start fifth in best qualifying result of 2016
• Hunter-Reay posts fifth top-six qualifying run of the season
• Sonoma Raceway weekend wraps up 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season

Honda’s Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay both advanced to the final round of Verizon IndyCar Series “knockout” qualifying Saturday at Sonoma Raceway, with Rahal recording his top qualifying performance of the season to start Sunday’s season-finale fifth.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, fourth-quickest in Friday’s practice sessions, will start sixth, with his Andretti Autosport teammate, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, qualifying eighth after advancing to the second round. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda of Mikhail Aleshin also made it to second-round qualifying and will start 11th.

Sunday’s 85-lap Indy car season finale starts at 6:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

GRAHAM RAHAL (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “It was a really solid end to the day for the Steak ‘n Shake team. We have had to work very hard to get ourselves into a good [starting] spot. I don’t think any session was smooth for us, but to come out of qualifying as the top Honda is something that makes us very proud. We’re fifth, and have [just] four Penskes ahead of us. My guys have worked very hard; we’re the little team that can. Tomorrow, hopefully, we can get a victory. It would mean a lot to end the season strong. Obviously we’ve got championship contenders in front of us, and we’ve got to be smart about what we’re doing tomorrow. But we’re here to win. I’m not going to sit around and wait for someone else to do it. We just have to have a good, solid race.”

Hunter-Reay, Rossi Post Top-Five Times Friday for Honda at Sonoma

Hunter-Reay, Rossi Post Top-Five Times Friday for Honda at Sonoma
• Munoz joins Andretti Autosport teammates in the top seven
• Sonoma Raceway weekend wraps up 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season

Led by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport placed three Honda drivers in the top seven Friday at Sonoma Raceway, in practice for Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, the final race in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Hunter-Reay, who finished second at Sonoma in both 2014 and ’15, ended the day fourth fastest, with teammate and Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi posting the fifth-quickest time. Carlos Munoz completed the top-seven runners on Friday in his Andretti Autosport Honda.

Activities at Sonoma continue Saturday with final practice and qualifying. Sunday’s 85-lap Indy car season finale starts at 6:30 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport Honda): “It was a positive day overall. I think we left some time on the table. We know where we have some [handling] imbalances to sort out tonight, [so we can] come back and start Practice Three and carry on into a qualifying effort. It’s a good platform – we’re fourth right now, and it’s encouraging for the DHL team. We’ve finished second here the last two years in a row, so we’re really hoping to climb one more step up that podium this weekend.”

RealTime Racing Acuras Looking To Stay in Top Five at Sonoma

RealTime Racing Acuras Looking To Stay in Top Five at Sonoma

• Acura TLX GT has earned top-five finishes in six of last seven races
• Ryan Eversley stands fifth in series driver points
• Acura in top five in Manufacturers’ Championship with three races remaining
• Eversley leads the series in points scored over last eight races

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (September 16, 2016) – Acura’s Pirelli World Challenge GT program rounds the clubhouse turn and heads for home this weekend, as the RealTime Racing Acura TLX GTs look to continue their late-season surge at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA.

Second-year PWC driver Ryan Eversley has taken his blue-and-white #43 RealTime Acura TLX GT to top-five finishes in six of the last seven races, strengthening his grip on the fifth spot in the drivers’ championship. Eversley’s charge has seen him lead the series in points scored over the last eight races, aiding Acura’s move into fifth place in the competitive Manufacturers’ Championship. Continue reading RealTime Racing Acuras Looking To Stay in Top Five at Sonoma

Michael Shank Racing, RealTime Racing To Lead 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

Michael Shank Racing, RealTime Racing To Lead 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

• Twin turbocharged NSX supercar to campaign in both WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge in 2017
• Two-car efforts in each series
• NSX slated to complete FIA GT3 homologation this year

TORRANCE, CA (Sept. 16, 2016) – Acura Motorsports today announced that Michael Shank Racing will lead the company’s effort in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, while RealTime Racing will continue to head the manufacturer’s attack in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge. Each team will field a pair of new Acura NSX GT3 race cars, now being prepared for FIA homologation. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing, RealTime Racing To Lead 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

Honda, Red Bull GRC Civics Set to Compete in Seattle

Honda, Red Bull GRC Civics Set to Compete in Seattle

• Honda Racing Duo Return to Seattle for the First time since 2014
• Debut Event at Evergreen Speedway
• Olsbergs MSE Looking to Bounce Back from Atlantic City Results

SEATTLE, W.A. (September 14, 2016) – Olsbergs MSE, with drivers Joni Wiman and Sebastian Eriksson, returns to Seattle, WA. for Round 10 of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship for the first time in two years.

The event takes place on the grounds of Evergreen Speedway at The Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA., just 30 miles outside of the Emerald City. At .791 miles, the Seattle circuit is the third-shortest of the year, ahead of both Daytona International Speedway and Marine Corps Air Station New River.

The track’s tight and technical corners, along with its unique, high-speed Turn One, will test the Honda Civic Coupe’s agility and adaptability. For Wiman, this short course bodes well, as he collected a top-five finish at a similar-style circuit in Dallas. “This track seems rather simple on paper with it only having eight corners, but they will be slower and narrower corners,” he noted. “Corner entry and consistency will be the key to getting out front early in the heats.”

Two of Eriksson’s three podium finishes this season came on the second-shortest circuit of the year, at Daytona International Speedway. When it comes to attacking the 77.5-percent paved section of the Seattle course, Eriksson believes the start will be the key to a successful heat. “With the long, left-hand oval Turn One, we’ll need to have an exceptional start to get out and lead the pack. It looks like what the Honda IndyCar Series drivers experience at their oval races, so it will be fast and a lot of fun!”

The team hopes to rebound from its Atlantic City results in Seattle this weekend. Television coverage of the event can be seen on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with online coverage beginning at 2pm on RedBull.TV.

Daly Stretches Fuel to Finish Fourth for Honda at Watkins Glen

Daly Stretches Fuel to Finish Fourth for Honda at Watkins Glen
• Enerson brings second Dale Coyne Racing Honda home ninth in just second start
• Heartbreak for Hinchcliffe as fuel starvation on last lap costs podium finish

A day that started out with several Honda podium contenders, ended in disappointment for most in the final laps of Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen, as Conor Daly alone was able to stretch his fuel run to the checkers, finishing fourth for Dale Coyne Racing in a race dominated by Scott Dixon.

Running second with just two laps to go, James Hinchcliffe ran out of fuel less than two turns from the finish, dropping him to 18th in the final results. Also saving fuel during the last stint, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi fell from sixth to eighth in the final laps. Continue reading Daly Stretches Fuel to Finish Fourth for Honda at Watkins Glen

Penalites Block Honda Qualifying Effort at Watkins Glen

Penalites Block Honda Qualifying Effort at Watkins Glen
• Aleshin, Hinchcliffe, Rahal, Sato lose advancements due to penalities
• Contested calls affect Honda qualifying results

A.J. Foyt Racing’s Jack Hawksworth continued to impress as the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Watkins Glen International Raceway, qualifying ninth on Saturday for Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen, while a series of contentious rulings from race officials prevented other Honda drivers from advancing through the three rounds of knockout qualifying.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin was sixth fastest in the second round, but was judged to have impeded Juan Pablo Montoya and had his two fastest laps taken away. That ruling dropped Aleshin out of the Fast Six and promoted Will Power into the final group. Continue reading Penalites Block Honda Qualifying Effort at Watkins Glen

Eriksson Leads the Honda Racing Team in Atlantic City

Eriksson Leads the Honda Racing Team in Atlantic City
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• Sebastian Eriksson Overcomes Heavy Damage to Finish
• Joni Wiman Paces the Honda Racing Team in Preliminary Heats
• Honda Remains in Third Place in the Season-Long Manufacturers’ Championship

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (August 28, 2016) – Olsbergs MSE driver Sebastian Eriksson powered his Honda Civic Coupe to a sixth-place finish at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ on Sunday, in the manufacturer’s inaugural season of Red Bull Global Rallycross competition.

Eriksson and his teammates, Joni Wiman and newcomer Kevin Eriksson (no relation), showcased the Civic Coupe’s power and grace while navigating the temporary 10-turn airport circuit near the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk. Continue reading Eriksson Leads the Honda Racing Team in Atlantic City