Category Archives: Honda Racing

2017 Honda Civic Si Makes Its Mark in Pirelli World Challenge

2017 Honda Civic Si Makes Its Mark in Pirelli World Challenge
• Tom O’Gorman, Shea Holbrook each score TCA class wins
• Honda finishes 2nd in Manufacturers’ Championship
• Shea Racing claims 2nd in TCA team standings; O’Gorman 3rd in Drivers’ Championship

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2017) – A successful debut season for the 2017 Honda Civic Si saw the Shea Racing-led effort score a pair of victories in the TCA class of the Pirelli World Challenge, leading Honda to second in the Manufacturers’ Championship in the competitive category. Continue reading 2017 Honda Civic Si Makes Its Mark in Pirelli World Challenge

Derek Daly To Present “What if It’s You?” Seminar at 2017 PRI Show

Derek Daly To Present “What if It’s You?” Seminar at 2017 PRI Show
• Presents career advice for young drivers and their families
• Includes both on-track and off-track skills development
• Multi-year partnership continues with Honda Racing/HPD

TORRANCE, Calif. (October 25, 2017) – Derek Daly, former Formula One and Indy car driver, broadcaster, author and founder of the Derek Daly Academy, will again present his “What if It’s You?” seminar Saturday, December 9, at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis.
Aimed at helping young drivers and their families map out a plan to progress in professional motorsports, “What if It’s You?” provides an explanation of the steps and skill sets needed to succeed in that environment. The one-hour seminar will take place at the Indianapolis Convention Center, beginning at 8 a.m., as part of the annual PRI Show, the country’s largest gathering of grassroots motorsports participants and enthusiasts. Continue reading Derek Daly To Present “What if It’s You?” Seminar at 2017 PRI Show

Acura NSX GT3s Complete First International Endurance Event

Acura NSX GT3s Complete First International Endurance Event
• World Challenge GT3 cars show promise in initial eight-hour event
• #43 RealTime Racing NSX GT3 finishes fourth in endure debut
• #93 Acura retires due to cooling issues

MONTEREY, California (October 16, 2017) – The RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 team capped the 2017 season with its most daunting challenge of the year, taking part in the inaugural California 8 Hour Challenge at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Continue reading Acura NSX GT3s Complete First International Endurance Event

Olsbergs MSE, Honda Conclude the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

Olsbergs MSE, Honda Conclude the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

• Mitchell deJong Ends Season as Highest Finishing Rookie
• Sebastian Eriksson Scores First Win in Louisville, Podium Finish in Atlantic City
• Oliver Eriksson Posts Season-High Finish of Fourth in Indianapolis

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 15, 2017) – In the final event of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, Olsbergs MSE’s (OMSE) Mitchell deJong cemented his status as the most successful rookie in Red Bull GRC Supercars, piloting the No. 24 Red Bull Honda OMSE Civic. Continue reading Olsbergs MSE, Honda Conclude the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

Honda, Olsbergs MSE Prepare for Season Finale in Los Angeles

Honda, Olsbergs MSE Prepare for Season Finale in Los Angeles

• Olsbergs MSE’s Red Bull Honda Civics Return to Los Angeles
• Teammates Oliver Eriksson, Mitchell deJong and Sebastian Eriksson Ready to Battle for Honda’s Second Win in Red Bull Global Rallycross
• Honda is in Second Place in Season-Long Manufacturers’ Championship

Port of Los Angeles Circuit
• Lap Length: .654 miles
• Turns: 11
• Pavement: 73%
• Dirt: 27%
• Joker Lap: Shortcut before Turn 3; shortens circuit to .616 miles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 12, 2017) – After a record motorsports season for Honda Racing, Olsbergs MSE will compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross season finale at the Port of Los Angeles this weekend. The .654-mile layout will provide a technical challenge for Honda Red Bull OMSE drivers Oliver Eriksson, Mitchell deJong and Sebastian Eriksson and their 2017 Honda GRC Civic Coupes. Continue reading Honda, Olsbergs MSE Prepare for Season Finale in Los Angeles

RealTime Racing Acuras Prepped For Laguna Seca Endurance Event

RealTime Racing Acuras Prepped For Laguna Seca Endurance Event
• Acura squad expands to six drivers for its first endurance event
• Eight-hour event features RTR’s Pirelli World Challenge Acura NSX GT3s
• Dane Cameron and Jules Gounon join RTR driver lineup

TORRANCE, Calif, (October 11, 2017) – The Acura NSX GT3s of RealTime Racing and Honda Performance Development spent the recently-completed Pirelli World Challenge season trying to show how fast they could go. Now, with the PWC season complete, the team will go out this weekend attempting to show how far its Acuras can go.

RealTime will cap its 2017 debut campaign in the NSX GT3s by running its first endurance race Sunday, competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The eight-hour event will be a stark contrast to the team’s standard events, that take little more than an hour from pre-race to checkered flag. Continue reading RealTime Racing Acuras Prepped For Laguna Seca Endurance Event

Michael Shank Racing, Acura Find Speed, Disappointment at Road Atlanta

Michael Shank Racing, Acura Find Speed, Disappointment at Road Atlanta
• Andy Lally, Katherine Legge and Mark Wilkins dominate early, leading 145 of 210 laps during first five hours of the 10-hour contest before being eliminated by contact
• Jeff Segal, Ozz Negri and Tom Dyer run laps comparable to the leaders, but retire due to mechanical issues, damage
• Acura NSX GT3 finishes inaugural IMSA season with two victories, four podiums, three front-row starts and one pole

BRASELTON, Ga. (October 7, 2017) – A day that promised much, in the end, delivered little as both Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s were forced out of Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, a 10-hour contest that concluded the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Continue reading Michael Shank Racing, Acura Find Speed, Disappointment at Road Atlanta

Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships

Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships
• Podium Sweeps in STL, Formula F
• Honda drivers also claim STU, GTL titles
• Record 105 Honda, Acura entries reflect impact of Honda Racing Line

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (October 2, 2017) – Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national championship titles, including podium sweeps in both the highly-competitive Super Touring Light and Formula F classes, at the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, contested this past weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A total of 105 Honda and Acura racers, the largest Runoffs field for the manufacturer since the start of the Honda Racing Line grassroots motorsports program in 2009, traveled to the legendary Indianapolis track’s road course for this year’s 54th annual national championships. Honda and Acura racers took part in 14 of the weekend’s 28 classes of racing, tying the manufacturer’s previous class participation record for the Runoffs. Continue reading Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships

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.
Continue reading Another Podium Run for Michael Shank Racing, Acura in Monterey

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.
Continue reading Rossi Heads Honda Sweep at Watkins Glen