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RealTime Racing Acuras Look To Continue Surge at Mid-Ohio

RealTime Racing Acuras Look To Continue Surge at Mid-Ohio

• Acura NSX returns to venue where it made its on-track debut in 2016
• RealTime Racing Acuras own Manufacturers’ Championship points in five of last six starts
• Ryan Eversley into top-10 in points with recent string of strong results

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 26, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3 Pirelli World Challenge cars are starting to hit their stride after some early-season wobbles, and head to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend looking to stretch their legs in front of Acura’s hometown fans.
Continue reading RealTime Racing Acuras Look To Continue Surge at Mid-Ohio

Acura, Lally & Legge Make Championship Gains at Lime Rock

Acura, Lally & Legge Make Championship Gains at Lime Rock
• Andy Lally, Katherine Legge finish fifth in tough, contact-filled race
• Fourth consecutive top-five result includes victories at Detroit and Watkins Glen
• Battle for season championship tightens with four races remaining

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 22, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3s of Michael Shank Racing persevered through an incident-filled Northeast Grand Prix, Saturday at Lime Rock Park, with the championship-contending duo of Andy Lally and Katherine Legge coming from a lap down to finish fifth. Continue reading Acura, Lally & Legge Make Championship Gains at Lime Rock

Rossi, Hinchcliffe Score Podium Results for Honda in Toronto

Rossi, Hinchcliffe Score Podium Results for Honda in Toronto
• Alexander Rossi seizes early opportunity, nets second-place finish
• Hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe repeats third-place run from 2016
• Ill-timed caution costs Graham Rahal, opening-lap contact hinders Scott Dixon

TORONTO, Ont. (July 16, 2017) – Honda’s Alexander Rossi took advantage of an early pit-stop call from his Andretti Autosport team and used it to his best advantage on Sunday, finishing second at the Honda Indy Toronto. Local favorite and Toronto native son James Hinchcliffe also recorded a popular Verizon IndyCar Series podium finish by taking third in front of the large crowd on hand at the Exhibition Place temporary street circuit.

Rossi and Hinchcliffe were among a half-dozen Honda drivers – along with eventual race winner Josef Newgarden – who made their first scheduled pit stops during Laps 20-22 of the 85-lap contest. As a result, they were in position to cycle to the front of the field when a crash from Tony Kanaan brought out a full-course caution on Lap 22.

The rest of the 21-car starting field, including early contender Graham Rahal and Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, made their first pit stops after the field was gathered up by the safety car, and then returned to the circuit behind those who had made earlier stops.

With no major incidents – and with rain that had threatened to fall much of the day holding off until after the checkers – those who made the early pit stops remained in command for the balance of the race. Rossi’s runner-up finish is his first podium result of 2017, and his best IndyCar Series finish since winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500.

For Toronto’s Hinchcliffe, the third-place finish repeated his Toronto result from 2016, and is his 13th career IndyCar podium, to go along with five victories. Marco Andretti took the checkers in fourth, his best result since finishing sixth at Texas Motor Speedway in June, with his Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay finishing sixth and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton, eighth.

Rahal started on the outside of the front row, second, but was one of those who had yet to pit when the Lap 22 caution flag waved. As a result, he fell back to 16th place, but fought back to finish ninth.

Championship points leader Scott Dixon was another Honda driver to battle back after a fraught opening lap. Contact with Will Power forced Dixon to pit his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda with a damaged rear tire and suspension. Resuming at the rear of the field, Dixon battled to 10th at the finish.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series racing activities in Toronto are available on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

The Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a week off before returning to one of Honda’s “home” events, the July 30 Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With multiple nearby Honda manufacturing, corporate and R&D facilities, thousands of Honda associates will be on hand to cheer for their favorite Honda IndyCar drivers.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport Honda) started 8th, finished 2nd, first podium result of 2017: “We were struggling at the start of the weekend, really at the bottom of the barrel. We were really lost. We were the slowest of Andretti Autosport cars. We did a lot of soul searching Friday night. We really analyzed everything we could, and made some pretty solid changes overnight that suited me really well the rest of the weekend. Today, again we made a pretty big step forward. It’s a huge relief to finally get a podium and get it off our back. Something we’ve been close to, and searching for, a long time, and it hasn’t happened. Finally, we made the right calls [today] and made it. I’m thankful to the team for that opportunity. Now I hope to go on to Mid-Ohio and get a win.”

James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) started 6th, finished 3rd, third podium finish of 2017: “This result is so great for the team. We really struggled on the reds [Firestone alternate tires], and the yellow [flag] just came at the right time. But we had the pace at the end there. We were catching Alexander [Rossi] and Josef [Newgarden] in that last stint. The car really came alive on the blacks [primary tires], so big thanks to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, all the Arrow Electronics guys – great stops — and all the fans in Toronto. The support we feel each and every year is amazing. You guys are the best! You came even when the weather wasn’t looking awesome, and hung out with us and we appreciate it. So thanks to all of you guys. Next year, maybe [we’ll finish] a couple of spots better.”

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race: “After winning four street circuit races this year, it’s hard to complain about a 2-3-4 finish today, and seven in the top ten. And we’re still leaving here with Scott [Dixon] continuing to lead the drivers’ championship and heading to Mid-Ohio, where he has proven to be be very difficult to beat! Congratulations to Alexander [Rossi] and Marco [Andretti] on their season-best finishes, and of course, congratulations to “Hinch” [James Hinchcliffe] who put on a show for his hometown fans with a second-consecutive podium finish here.”

Front Row Start for Rahal in Toronto

Front Row Start for Rahal in Toronto
• Graham Rahal qualifies second for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto
• Scott Dixon slots in fifth in final qualifying round
• Hometown favorite James Hinchcliffe to start sixth

TORONTO, Ont. (July 15, 2017) – Graham Rahal’s outstanding run in the final minutes of qualifying today netted the Honda driver a front-row staring spot for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto. Rahal‘s time of 59.2245 seconds around the bumpy, 1.786-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit was second fastest on the day, just three-tenths of a second off the pace set by pole qualifier and defending series champion Simon Pagenaud. Continue reading Front Row Start for Rahal in Toronto

Dixon, Rahal Fast for Honda Friday in Toronto

Dixon, Rahal Fast for Honda Friday in Toronto
• Scott Dixon runs third-quickest in practice
• Detroit double-winner Graham Rahal fourth overall
• Andretti Autosport places three Hondas in top 10

TORONTO, Ont. (July 15, 2017) – Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal led the way for Honda Friday in Verizon IndyCar Series practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto, finishing the day third and fourth on the time charts.

A two-time winner here in Toronto, Dixon posted the fourth-fastest time with his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in the morning session, then improved to third overall in the second, quicker session in the afternoon. Rahal, who swept the double header race weekend last month at the similar Detroit street circuit, also improved in the second session to finish the day fourth in his Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

Andretti Autosport also ended Friday on a positive note, with three of its Hondas in the top 10, led by Marco Andretti, sixth; Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, eighth; and Ryan Hunter-Reay in ninth.

Activities at the Honda Indy Toronto continue tomorrow, with final practice and qualifying. Sunday’s 85-lap race starts at 3 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “We still have some work to do, but I’m pleased with the start overall for the NTT Data team. It’s still going to take a bit more to get to where the Penske cars are, but I’m confident we’ll be making progress heading into the final practice and qualifying tomorrow.”

Honda Returns to Indianapolis for Red Bull Global Rallycross

Honda Returns to Indianapolis for Red Bull Global Rallycross

• Mitchell deJong’s Podium Streak Continues into Indianapolis
• Long Layoff Bodes Well for Honda Civic Coupes
• First Event in Indianapolis for Red Bull Global Rallycross Series

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 5, 2017) – After two consecutive doubleheader events, Olsbergs MSE (OMSE) and drivers Oliver Eriksson, Mitchell deJong and Sebastian Eriksson travel to Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis, IN for Round 7 of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. Continue reading Honda Returns to Indianapolis for Red Bull Global Rallycross

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Extend Victory Streak in Canada

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Extend Victory Streak in Canada
• Acura NSX GT3s take on Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
• MSR team seeks to build on consecutive victories at Detroit and Watkins Glen
• Acura, Lally and Legge move into championship contention

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 5, 2017) – Following back-to-back victories at the Detroit Grand Prix and Watkins Glen, Michael Shank Racing brings its pair of Acura NSX GT3s to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park outside of Toronto, Canada, looking to extend the winning streak and continue its attack on the 2017 championship.

At the midpoint in the 12-round 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Acura now lies third in the GTD Manufacturers’ Championship, just 15 points out of first place and 10 points out of second, on the strength of consecutive victories for Andy Lally and Katherine Legge, driving the #93 MSR Acura NSX GT3. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Extend Victory Streak in Canada

Acura, Lally & Legge Make It Two in a Row at Watkins Glen

Acura, Lally & Legge Make It Two in a Row at Watkins Glen
• Andy Lally, Katherine Legge score second consecutive win for Acura NSX GT3
• Victory at six-hour Watkins Glen endurance contest follows sprint race win in Detroit
• Suspension failure following contact prevents podium result for Jeff Segal, Ozz Negri

WATKINS GLEN, NY (July 2, 2017) – The Michael Shank Racing Acura duo of Andy Lally and Katherine Legge scored its second consecutive GTD class victory of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season Sunday at Watkins Glen International Raceway, starting from the pole and leading much of the six-hour endurance contest to take the checkers in their Acura NSX GT3.

Today’s victory on the sweeping, 2.4-mile Watkins Glen circuit – one of the fastest tracks on the IMSA schedule – follows last month’s equally emphatic victory for Acura, Lally and Legge at the Detroit Grand Prix street circuit, the tightest track on the circuit and one of only two sprint races on the schedule. Both victories serve to highlight the impressive scope of development work on the NSX GT3, which is in its first year of world-class sports car competition. Continue reading Acura, Lally & Legge Make It Two in a Row at Watkins Glen

Acura NSX GT3 Claims Pole at Watkins Glen

Acura NSX GT3 Claims Pole at Watkins Glen
• Andy Lally scores first GTD pole for Acura at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
• Jeff Segal qualifies fourth in his Michael Shank Racing NSX GT3
• Six-hour North American Endurance Championship contest runs Sunday

WATKINS GLEN, NY (July 1, 2017) – Andy Lally piloted his Michael Shank Racing Acura to the GTD class pole Saturday at Watkins Glen International Raceway, in qualifying action for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, marking the first pole for the new Acura NSX GT3 in international sports car racing.

The pole for the Lally and co-driver Katherine Legge follows their victory last month at the Detroit Grand Prix, the first win for the NSX GT3. Jeff Segal qualified the second MSR Acura in fourth, the best combined qualifying effort for the NSX GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship since the car made its debut just six races ago at the Rolex 24. Segal and co-driver Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri will start from the outside of the second row in the 17–car GTD field. Continue reading Acura NSX GT3 Claims Pole at Watkins Glen

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Extend Success at Watkins Glen

Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Extend Success at Watkins Glen
• Acura NSX GT3s take on Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
• MSR team seeks to build on Detroit race win
• Third round of 2017 North American Endurance Championship

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 28, 2017) – Michael Shank Racing brings its pair of Acura NSX GT3s to the classic, challenging Watkins Glen International Raceway in upstate New York this weekend, seeking the team’s second victory of 2017, following an outstanding inaugural race victory earlier this month at the Grand Prix of Detroit.

Sunday’s six-hour endurance contest on the fast, flowing Watkins Glen circuit marks the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to a traditional road course, following the tight confines of the Belle Isle Park temporary street circuit. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s Look To Extend Success at Watkins Glen

Honda Racing at Speed Highlights Honda, Acura Racing Success

Honda Racing at Speed Highlights Honda, Acura Racing Success
• Indianapolis 500 victory highlighted in monthly racing recap
• Series viewership expands with new broadcast, cable partners
• Total reach now extends to 135 million households

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 27, 2017) – Takuma Sato’s thrilling victory in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is featured in the latest edition of Honda Racing: at Speed, the monthly recap of Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports activities. The new episode recently premiered on MavTV, a variety of other broadcast and cable providers, and on the Honda Performance Development YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvqVNyhyqhA. Continue reading Honda Racing at Speed Highlights Honda, Acura Racing Success

Acura Earns Two Class Victories and Sets Record at 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Acura Earns Two Class Victories and Sets Record at
2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

• Acura TLX GT takes first place in Open Class setting a new course record; second fastest time overall; Peter Cunningham chosen as “Rookie of the Year”
• 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec takes first place in Exhibition Class in its racing debut
• Acura NSX secures podium finish for second consecutive year, taking third place in Time Attack 1 Class Continue reading Acura Earns Two Class Victories and Sets Record at 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Kox Leads RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Effort at Road America

Kox Leads RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Effort at Road America
• Acura earns double top-10 in Saturday’s opening Pirelli World Challenge race
• Kox’s fifth-place run Saturday is his season-best result
• Eversley comes home eighth on Sunday, fourth consecutive top-10 finish

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 25, 2017) – The RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 racers continued their mid-season surge over a picturesque weekend at Road America, with Peter Kox earning his first Pirelli World Challenge top-five GT3 finish while Ryan Eversley extended his streak of top-10 results to four in a row. Continue reading Kox Leads RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Effort at Road America

Dixon Does It! Pilots His Honda to Victory at Road America

Dixon Does It! Pilots His Honda to Victory at Road America
• Scott Dixon scores Honda’s sixth IndyCar Series win of 2017
• Extends his championship points lead
• Charlie Kimball runs sixth in his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 25, 2017) – Scott Dixon provided a master class in Verizon IndyCar Series racecraft on Sunday at Road America, taking charge of the Kohler Grand Prix midway through the 220-mile contest and fending off all challengers to claim his first victory of 2017, and the sixth of the year for Honda. Continue reading Dixon Does It! Pilots His Honda to Victory at Road America

An interview with: ART ST. CYR

An interview with:

ART ST. CYR

T.E. McHALE: Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for taking the time to join us for this next in our series of media availabilities during the 2017 season. Our guest today, again, is Art St. Cyr, president of HPD. Thanks for being with us today.
ART ST. CYR: Thanks.
T.E. McHALE: We’ve had about a month now to reflect on what’s been a series of pretty successful results for the Honda Racing program. Let’s just start by getting your general impressions of our IndyCar successes at the 500 and at Detroit the following weekend. Continue reading An interview with: ART ST. CYR

Dixon, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifiers at Road America

Dixon, Rahal Lead Honda Qualifiers at Road America
• Championship leader Scott Dixon qualifies fifth for Kohler Grand Prix
• Two-race winner Graham Rahal will start sixth
• Honda teams and drivers claim eight of top 12 starting positions

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 24, 2017) – Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Scott Dixon led the way for Honda Saturday at Road America, advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying to fifth on the starting grid for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix. Graham Rahal also advanced to the top six, his third consecutive Fast Six appearance of 2017.

Dixon, who has qualified eighth or better in all 10 races this season, currently leads the drivers’ championship with 326 points, to 313 for defending series champion Simon Pagneaud in second. Eight Honda drivers advanced out of first-round qualifying to complete the top 12 starting positions.

Sunday’s 55-lap, 220-mile race, the 10th round of the 2017 season, begins at 12:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “It was [a] decent [qualifying run]. I think we struggled with balance yesterday, then we made some big changes overnight and definitely got better. Our car has been pretty good today in practice and qualifying. Overall, we’re pretty happy. We know the deficit [to the fastest qualifiers] we’re dealing with; it is what it is. We’ll try and do our best tomorrow.”

Graham Rahal (Rahal Lettterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “We got all of it. I think [the gap to the pole] is more of a handling thing than straight-line speed. Hopefully, tomorrow we can have a good race. We strategically did not use the [optional, softer-compound] ‘reds’ [tires] in round three, because I didn’t want to. I wanted to be pretty race-minded. I wanted to put myself in the best spot possible for tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. Go out there and take the challenge to them, as will Dixie, and see what happens.”

Rossi, Hinchcliffe Head Honda Field Friday at Road America

Rossi, Hinchcliffe Head Honda Field Friday at Road America
• Alexander Rossi leads morning session, ends day fifth overall
• Hinchcliffe posts sixth-fastest time
• All five Honda teams represented in top 10

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 23, 2017) – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi led the first of two Verizon IndyCar Series practice sessions Friday at Road America, and finished the day fifth overall in preparation for Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix. Continue reading Rossi, Hinchcliffe Head Honda Field Friday at Road America

Acura Entries Secure Top Qualifying Positions for 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Acura Entries Secure Top Qualifying Positions for
2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

• Acura TLX GT piloted by Pikes Peak rookie Peter Cunningham clinches top qualifying spot in Pikes Peak Open Class; records second overall fastest qualifying time
• Acura TLX A-Spec secures top qualifying spot in Exhibition Class
• Acura NSX nabs second place qualifying time in Time Attack 1 Class

PIKES PEAK, Colo. (June 23, 2017) – Acura entries posted top qualifying times for the 95th running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this weekend. The TLX GT, driven by long-time Acura race car driver Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut, clinched the top qualifying spot in the Pikes Peak Open Class yesterday with a time of 3:57.463, recording the second fastest qualifying time overall. The 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec, making its racing debut, secured the top qualifying spot in the Exhibition Class with a time of 4:23.734, while the production-based NSX with GT3-inspired modifications secured a second-place qualifying time of 4:04.731 in the Time Attack 1 class and recorded the sixth fastest qualifying time overall. Continue reading Acura Entries Secure Top Qualifying Positions for 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

American deJong Finishes with Double-Podium Results for Honda, Olsbergs MSE

American deJong Finishes with Double-Podium Results for Honda, Olsbergs MSE

• Rookie deJong Claims His Third Podium Finish of 2017
• Honda Racing Goes 3-4-5 in Round 6 Final; First All Top-Five Finish For Trio
• Manufacturer Championship Within Sights, Four Points Back From First

Broadcast replays are available here: http://www.nbcsports.com/live#full-event-replays

OTTAWA, Ontario (June 18, 2017) – Olsbergs MSE (OMSE) and Mitchell deJong ended the second doubleheader weekend of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season with double-podium finishes, collecting two third-place results at the Canada Air and Space Museum. Teammates Sebastian and Oliver Eriksson (no relation) finished Sunday’s Final in fourth and fifth-place, respectively, collecting the Honda Racing trio’s first top-five all-manufacturer finish. Continue reading American deJong Finishes with Double-Podium Results for Honda, Olsbergs MSE

Kanaan, Rahal Hang On To Lead Honda Effort in Texas

Kanaan, Rahal Hang On To Lead Honda Effort in Texas
• Tony Kanaan recovers from contact, penalty to finish second
• Graham Rahal follows double wins in Detroit with fourth place in Texas
• Despite crash, Scott Dixon continues to lead drivers’ championship

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 10, 2017) – Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal persevered through a crash-strewn Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, with Kanaan finishing second and Rahal fourth for Honda in the Rainguard Water Sealers 600.

Honda drivers and teams dominated qualifying Friday night at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval, sweeping the top eight starting positions. But crashes in tonight’s 248-lap contest eliminated eight of 13 Honda entries – and damaged a ninth. Fortunately, all drivers escaped injury in the multiple collisions. Continue reading Kanaan, Rahal Hang On To Lead Honda Effort in Texas