Category Archives: Honda Racing

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

Ryan Eversley Claims TCR Title with Two Wins at Watkins Glen

Ryan Eversley Claims TCR Title with Two Wins at Watkins Glen
• Ryan Eversley sweeps doubleheader race weekend to secure TCR class championship
• Mason Filippi completes 1-2 Sunday race result for Honda, RealTime Racing
• Tom O’Gorman concludes Honda championship weekend with TCA class title

WATKINS GLEN, New York – (Sept. 2, 2018) – RealTime Racing driver Ryan Eversley took all of the drama out of the World Challenge Touring Car R (TCR) class championship at Watkins Glen International Raceway, claiming victory in both rounds of the doubleheader race weekend to secure his first-ever series crown. Continue reading Ryan Eversley Claims TCR Title with Two Wins at Watkins Glen

Farnbacher, Acura Prove Pace at Watkins Glen

Farnbacher, Acura Prove Pace at Watkins Glen
• Mario Farnbacher, Acura star at Watkins Glen Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader
• Acura NSX GT3 starts second, sets fastest lap on Sunday
• Contact ends Sunday run; tire issue disrupts Saturday’s race

WATKINS GLEN, NY (Sept. 2, 2018) – The Acura NSX GT3 demonstrated its speed and potential in its return to Pirelli World Challenge competition this weekend at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Continue reading Farnbacher, Acura Prove Pace at Watkins Glen

JOHN FORCE RACING TEAM HEADS INTO RACE DAY AT U.S. NATIONALS LOCKED INTO THE NHRA PLAYOFFS

JOHN FORCE RACING TEAM HEADS INTO RACE DAY AT
U.S. NATIONALS LOCKED INTO THE NHRA PLAYOFFS
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 02, 2018) — All four John Force Racing teams will head into race day at the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoff berths secured. In qualifying for Monday competition, both Brittany and John Force, who were uncertain of their fate until the end of five sessions and three days of qualifying, earned positions in the six race playoffs joining teammates Courtney Force, who locked in the No. 1 starting spot on Friday, and Robert Hight, who will be racing to clinch the No. 2 spot behind Courtney. Continue reading JOHN FORCE RACING TEAM HEADS INTO RACE DAY AT U.S. NATIONALS LOCKED INTO THE NHRA PLAYOFFS

Sato, Honda Victorious in Indy Car Return to Portland

Sato, Honda Victorious in Indy Car Return to Portland
• Takuma Sato leads 1-2-3 Honda sweep in front of large Pacific Northwest crowd
• Scott Dixon recovers from opening lap crash to finish fifth, increase championship lead
• 10th win of 2018 for Honda; with all five Honda teams have now visited Victory Circle

PORTLAND, Oregon (Sept. 2, 2018) – Takuma Sato emerged the winner and headed a 1-2-3 podium sweep for Honda today at Portland International Raceway, in a wild Verizon IndyCar Series return to the Pacific Northwest after a 10-year absence. Continue reading Sato, Honda Victorious in Indy Car Return to Portland

Power and Newgarden Give Chevy Front Row at Portland

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Power and Newgarden Give Chevy Front Row at Portland
Seventh Time in 2018 Season Pair of Bowtie Powered Drivers Lead Field to Green Flag

PORTLAND – With two races remaining in the season, and the finale carrying double-points, Will Power is focused on winning everything he can at Portland International Raceway and then on to Sonoma Raceway. He made a step in that direction today in Firestone Fast Six Qualifying. Continue reading Power and Newgarden Give Chevy Front Row at Portland

Rossi Leads Honda Qualifiers at Portland

Rossi Leads Honda Qualifiers at Portland
• Alexander Rossi to start third in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland
• Championship leader Scott Dixon qualifies 11th
• Honda drivers claim nine of top 12 qualifying positions

PORTLAND, Oregon (Sept. 1, 2018) – For the fourth consecutive race weekend, Alexander Rossi led the Honda field in qualifying today for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland. Rossi, currently second in the drivers’ championship standings and 26 points behind leader Scott Dixon, will start third tomorrow in the 26-car Verizon IndyCar Series field. Rossi claimed the pole – and the race win – at Mid-Ohio in July, and led the Honda qualifying effort both the Pocono and Gateway ovals. Continue reading Rossi Leads Honda Qualifiers at Portland

Bourdais, Honda Lead Opening Day Practice at Portland

Bourdais, Honda Lead Opening Day Practice at Portland
• Sebastien Bourdais paces morning practice and leads the day
• Championship leader Scott Dixon runs third after strong morning run
• Rookies Santino Ferrucci, Jack Harvey impress

PORTLAND, Oregon (August 31, 2018) – Sebastien Bourdais, a previous Portland race winner, led the first of two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions and headed the combined time sheets Friday at Portland International Raceway, as Indy car racing returned to the U.S. Pacific Northwest for the first time in 10 years. Continue reading Bourdais, Honda Lead Opening Day Practice at Portland

Honda Clinches 2018 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship Rossi, Dixon Continue Battle For Drivers’ Title at Gateway

Honda Clinches 2018 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship
Rossi, Dixon Continue Battle For Drivers’ Title at Gateway
• Honda clinches manufacturers’ title with two races remaining
• Alexander Rossi finishes second, Scott Dixon third at Gateway Motorsports Park
• Dixon’s championship lead now 26 points over Rossi

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 25, 2018) – Although unable to overtake Will Power in the final laps for the race win, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon continued their duel for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, finishing second and third, respectively, Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park. Their results were more than enough for Honda to clinch the Manufacturers’ title with two races remaining. Continue reading Honda Clinches 2018 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship Rossi, Dixon Continue Battle For Drivers’ Title at Gateway

Dixon, Rossi To Lead Starting Field at Gateway

Dixon, Rossi To Lead Starting Field at Gateway
• Qualifying canceled after recurring rain showers, starting field set on championship points
• Championship leaders Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi
• Saturday night contest starts at 8 p.m. EDT

MADISON, Ill. (Aug. 24, 2018) – Intermittent showers throughout the day Friday at Gateway Motorsports Park led Verizon IndyCar Series officials to cancel qualifying for Saturday’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500. As a result, the starting field will be set by entrant championship points, led by Honda drivers Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi.

Dixon, the current points leader, will start from the pole, with Rossi alongside in second. Ryan Hunter-Reay will start fifth for Honda. Graham Rahal and James Hinchcliffe will start seventh and eighth, respectively; with Sebastien Bourdais and Marco Andretti rounding out the top-10. Continue reading Dixon, Rossi To Lead Starting Field at Gateway

Rossi Dominates Crash-Marred Pocono Run

Rossi Dominates Crash-Marred Pocono Run
• Alexander Rossi leads 180 of 200 laps, scores third IndyCar Series win of 2018
• Gains ground on fellow Honda driver Scott Dixon in championship battle
• Early multi-car crash injures Robert Wickens

LONG POND, Penn. (August 18, 2019) – Already a winner of one 500-mile race – the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 – Alexander Rossi added another “500” win to his IndyCar Series career total today with a dominating performance at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Continue reading Rossi Dominates Crash-Marred Pocono Run

Legge, Farnbacher Finish A Fighting Third in Virginia

Legge, Farnbacher Finish A Fighting Third in Virginia
• Katherine Legge, Mario Farnbacher feature in rough-and-tumble GTD fight
• Fifth podium finish of season moves Legge within 13 points of championship lead
• Tire gamble fails to pay off for Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks

ALTON, VA (August 19, 2018) – A wild GT-only WeatherTech SportsCar Championship run today at Virginia International Raceway found the Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge in the midst of a three-way battle for victory in the final laps of the two-hour, 40-minute contest.

Legge’s third-place finish gained significant ground for both herself and Acura in the season-long battle for the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championships.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s
Starting seventh after a disappointing qualifying run on Saturday, Mario Farnbacher moved the #86 Meyer Shank Racing to sixth in his opening stint, before handing the driving duties over to Legge at the first round of pit stops. Continue reading Legge, Farnbacher Finish A Fighting Third in Virginia