Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:03:59 -0700 Honda Racing: Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda-powered Formula F racers sweep podium, top eight positions</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda, Acura drivers also claim titles in STU, STL and H Production</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Six additional Honda, Acura podium results complete successful “Runoffs” </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national titles, including a third consecutive Formula F title, in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>A total of 48 Honda and Acura racers, one of the largest fields since the start of the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> in 2009, traveled to the classic Laguna Seca road course in central California October 7-12 for this year’s 51st annual national championship “Runoffs”, taking part in 10 of the 27 classes.</p> <p>Nineteen drivers in the 26-car Formula F field utilized the HPD L15A7 engine at Laguna Seca, the largest Honda-powered contingent since the engine was approved for the category in 2009.  Jeremy Grenier scored Honda’s third-consecutive victory in the class, leading a 1-2-3 Honda sweep in Formula F.  Chuck Horn finished second and Ethan Shippert rounded out the podium as Honda-powered drivers claimed the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In STU, Honda drivers posted a 1-2 finish with Andrie Hartanto taking his Honda S2000 to a five-second victory over the similar car of Rylan Hazelton.  Honda and Acura drivers claimed four of the top six finishing positions with Bruce Trenery fifth in his Acura RSX and Will Clark sixth in his Honda S2000.</p> <p>“It feels incredible,” Hartanto said after winning the Runoffs in his first attempt. “I had high hopes. We did a lot of preparations and tried everything. The race was amazing. We were on the back step for the first two days chasing Rylan [Hazleton]. We had to ask our friends to come with alignment equipment on the second day to make sure we could catch him. We laid down a pretty good lap and got the pole and that set the tone. I’m really happy.”</p> <p>The Acura Integra of Cliff Ira proved to be both fast and sturdy, claiming the victory in STL despite smoking heavily in the final two laps due to an apparent oil leak.  Qualifying on the pole, Ira fell to third in the early laps in cool, damp conditions.  But as the track warmed and his tires came up to temperature, Ira regained the lead on Lap 16 and began to pull away, until smoke began to billow from the rear of the Integra.  But no fluids were being dropped, and Ira’s Acura completed the 20-lap contest without missing a beat for his first national championship.</p> <p>“There was enough oil to make oil pressure,” Ira said. “That’s all I needed. I had my brother, Greg, on the radio, and he just told me to watch my gauges. He asked me if I was losing power, and I wasn’t, so I just stayed in it, and it had [oil] pressure to the end.  This is a really close class. They created this STL class, and I’m an IT racer. This is truly a dream come true.”</p> <p>The fourth Honda championship of the weekend came in H Production, where Lawrence Loshak won his fifth Runoffs championship – and third with Honda after winning E Production in 2006 and repeating his H Production title from 2013.</p> <p>Loshak took the early lead after starting on the pole in his Honda CRX, a car built and prepared this year after Loshak sold his 2013 championship-winning Honda. However, the Toyota of Jason Isley stayed close and was even able to record one lap as the official leader. Entering the final three laps, Isley closed up to the rear bumper of Loshak, but could not complete a final pass.  Driving Loshak’s championship-winning Honda CRX from 2013, Steven Hussey returned from an 11-year “retirement” to finish third.</p> <p>“I was doing everything I could to stay ahead of Jason [Isley],” Loshak said. “It was a little crazy.  Toward the end, my rear tires weren’t happy with me, and then my front tires joined the party. Jason was right there to apply the pressure and all I could think is ‘Don’t make a mistake, don’t make a mistake. Oh, I almost made a mistake.’ I just tried to hang it out there. It’s not fun just to qualify [on the pole], and then walk away from everyone else. It’s all about racing door-to-door with the best drivers in the country.”</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs can be found on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG provided video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The videos can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development [HPD], through the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>offered contingency awards of up to $2,500, along with additional support to help offset travel costs for the racers.  HPD also hosted catered, trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their team members, providing an infield paddock tent where competitors could prepare and maintain their cars, and buffet lunches from October 7-11.</p> <p>Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun” products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts. </p> <p>Launched in 2009, the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing.  The <em>Honda Racing Line</em> was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and to register for the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>please visit <strong><a href="http://hpd.honda.com">http://hpd.honda.com</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><u>2014 Honda/Acura SCCA National Championship Runoffs Victories and Podiums:</u></strong></p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Formula F:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><strong>1. Jeremy Grenier, Citation Honda</strong><br> 2. Chuck Horn, Swift DB6 Honda<br> 3. Ethan Shippert, Piper DL7 Honda</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STU:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Andrie Hartanto, Honda S2000<br> </strong>2. Rylan Hazelton, Honda S2000</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STL:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Cliff Ira, Acura Integra GSR<br> </strong>3. Spencer Trenery, Acura Integra</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>H Production:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Lawrence Loshak, Honda CRX (2nd consecutive championship)<br> </strong> 3. Steven Hussey, Honda CRX</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Prototype 1</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. Jim Devenport, NormaM20FC Honda</p></td> </tr> </table> Honda Racing Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:04:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/b9d15ff0-927b-41a7-b445-1610f6ac1060 http://hondanews.com/releases/b9d15ff0-927b-41a7-b445-1610f6ac1060 Honda, Acura Racers Claim Four SCCA National Championships <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda-powered Formula F racers sweep podium, top eight positions</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda, Acura drivers also claim titles in STU, STL and H Production</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Six additional Honda, Acura podium results complete successful “Runoffs” </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda and Acura racers won four Sports Car Club of America national titles, including a third consecutive Formula F title, in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>A total of 48 Honda and Acura racers, one of the largest fields since the start of the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> in 2009, traveled to the classic Laguna Seca road course in central California October 7-12 for this year’s 51st annual national championship “Runoffs”, taking part in 10 of the 27 classes.</p> <p>Nineteen drivers in the 26-car Formula F field utilized the HPD L15A7 engine at Laguna Seca, the largest Honda-powered contingent since the engine was approved for the category in 2009.  Jeremy Grenier scored Honda’s third-consecutive victory in the class, leading a 1-2-3 Honda sweep in Formula F.  Chuck Horn finished second and Ethan Shippert rounded out the podium as Honda-powered drivers claimed the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In STU, Honda drivers posted a 1-2 finish with Andrie Hartanto taking his Honda S2000 to a five-second victory over the similar car of Rylan Hazelton.  Honda and Acura drivers claimed four of the top six finishing positions with Bruce Trenery fifth in his Acura RSX and Will Clark sixth in his Honda S2000.</p> <p>“It feels incredible,” Hartanto said after winning the Runoffs in his first attempt. “I had high hopes. We did a lot of preparations and tried everything. The race was amazing. We were on the back step for the first two days chasing Rylan [Hazleton]. We had to ask our friends to come with alignment equipment on the second day to make sure we could catch him. We laid down a pretty good lap and got the pole and that set the tone. I’m really happy.”</p> <p>The Acura Integra of Cliff Ira proved to be both fast and sturdy, claiming the victory in STL despite smoking heavily in the final two laps due to an apparent oil leak.  Qualifying on the pole, Ira fell to third in the early laps in cool, damp conditions.  But as the track warmed and his tires came up to temperature, Ira regained the lead on Lap 16 and began to pull away, until smoke began to billow from the rear of the Integra.  But no fluids were being dropped, and Ira’s Acura completed the 20-lap contest without missing a beat for his first national championship.</p> <p>“There was enough oil to make oil pressure,” Ira said. “That’s all I needed. I had my brother, Greg, on the radio, and he just told me to watch my gauges. He asked me if I was losing power, and I wasn’t, so I just stayed in it, and it had [oil] pressure to the end.  This is a really close class. They created this STL class, and I’m an IT racer. This is truly a dream come true.”</p> <p>The fourth Honda championship of the weekend came in H Production, where Lawrence Loshak won his fifth Runoffs championship – and third with Honda after winning E Production in 2006 and repeating his H Production title from 2013.</p> <p>Loshak took the early lead after starting on the pole in his Honda CRX, a car built and prepared this year after Loshak sold his 2013 championship-winning Honda. However, the Toyota of Jason Isley stayed close and was even able to record one lap as the official leader. Entering the final three laps, Isley closed up to the rear bumper of Loshak, but could not complete a final pass.  Driving Loshak’s championship-winning Honda CRX from 2013, Steven Hussey returned from an 11-year “retirement” to finish third.</p> <p>“I was doing everything I could to stay ahead of Jason [Isley],” Loshak said. “It was a little crazy.  Toward the end, my rear tires weren’t happy with me, and then my front tires joined the party. Jason was right there to apply the pressure and all I could think is ‘Don’t make a mistake, don’t make a mistake. Oh, I almost made a mistake.’ I just tried to hang it out there. It’s not fun just to qualify [on the pole], and then walk away from everyone else. It’s all about racing door-to-door with the best drivers in the country.”</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s SCCA National Championship Runoffs can be found on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG provided video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The videos can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>Honda Performance Development [HPD], through the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>offered contingency awards of up to $2,500, along with additional support to help offset travel costs for the racers.  HPD also hosted catered, trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their team members, providing an infield paddock tent where competitors could prepare and maintain their cars, and buffet lunches from October 7-11.</p> <p>Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun” products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts. </p> <p>Launched in 2009, the <em>Honda Racing Line</em> is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing.  The <em>Honda Racing Line</em> was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and to register for the <em>Honda Racing Line, </em>please visit <strong><a href="http://hpd.honda.com">http://hpd.honda.com</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><u>2014 Honda/Acura SCCA National Championship Runoffs Victories and Podiums:</u></strong></p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Formula F:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><strong>1. Jeremy Grenier, Citation Honda</strong><br> 2. Chuck Horn, Swift DB6 Honda<br> 3. Ethan Shippert, Piper DL7 Honda</td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STU:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Andrie Hartanto, Honda S2000<br> </strong>2. Rylan Hazelton, Honda S2000</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>STL:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Cliff Ira, Acura Integra GSR<br> </strong>3. Spencer Trenery, Acura Integra</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>H Production:</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>1. Lawrence Loshak, Honda CRX (2nd consecutive championship)<br> </strong> 3. Steven Hussey, Honda CRX</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"> </td> <td valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>Prototype 1</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. Jim Devenport, NormaM20FC Honda</p></td> </tr> </table> Honda Racing: Petit Le Mans Race Report <p>Circuit: Road Atlanta (2.54-mile road course) Braselton, Georgia<br> Weather: Clear, cool, 58 degrees F </p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Charge to the front ends following collision and contact with the barriers</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda-powered Ligier posts fastest race laps prior to collision </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>17th annual Petit Le Mans concludes 2014 United SportsCar Championship season</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>An up-and-down weekend for Honda Performance Development and the OAK Racing Ligier-Honda ended just before the mid-point of Saturday's season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, when contact with another prototype sent driver Gustavo Yacaman into the Turn One barriers and out of the contest.  </p> <p>The Honda-powered prototype was fastest in both Thursday night practice and the race morning warm-up in the hands of driver Alex Brundle, but a clutch-related issue in the sole qualifying session resulted in the OAK machine starting near the back of the 51-car field.</p> <p>Starting driver Brundle quickly moved through the field, battling the DeltaWing prototype of Katherine Legge for fifth place until the first round of pit stops.  During the first stop, however, repairs to a turbocharger hose clamp dropped the Ligier three laps off the leaders.  </p> <p>Brundle and co-driver Ho Pin Tung continued to charge, both setting fastest race laps during their stints as the OAK team recovered two of the lost laps.  Ho's best effort, a 1:13.9, remained the fastest lap of the race through the sixth hour of the 10-hour contest.</p> <p>Taking over the Ligier Honda in the fourth hour, Yacaman continued to advance, and was attempting to regain the lead lap when contact with the DeltaWing, now driven by Andy Meyrick, sent Yacaman off track in Turn One and then into the barriers.  Damage to the front suspension and steering rack ended the race for HPD and the OAK team.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Earlier this weekend, the Compass360 Racing duo of Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple won the ST category aboard their Honda Civic Si in Friday's two-hour, thirty-minute Continental Tire SportsCar Championship race at Road Atlanta.  It was the third victory of the season – and second consecutive win – for the pair, who also won the ST category at Watkins Glen in July and at the Circuit of the Americas in September.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Road Atlanta can be found on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>Today's 17th annual Petit Le Mans concludes the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Extreme Speed Motorsports will campaign their pair of HPD ARX-03b Hondas at the 6 Hours of Shanghai World Endurance Championship event on November 2.</p> <p>Allen Miller (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "It was an unfortunate, early end to a difficult weekend.  The Honda-powered OAK Racing team was fast throughout the event, leading night practice and the race morning warm-up, as well as posting the two fastest laps of the race.  But mechanical setbacks struck repeatedly, and resulted in the team continually having to come from behind. Thanks to everyone at HPD for all of their hard work throughout the year.  Now it's on to Shanghai for the WEC race with Extreme Speed Motorsports where we hope to close out the season with a victory."</p> <p>Gustavo Yacaman (#42 Ligier JSP2 Honda) on the collision that ended their race: "First of all, I want to thank everyone at Honda Racing and HPD for all their efforts in putting this program together, and the entire OAK Racing team for their incredible energy and support over a long race weekend.  I feel really bad for the team.  I'm not sure if the collision was my mistake, but I'm just completely gutted for everyone working here now.  The car was very, very fast.  Even though we started at the back [due to a clutch issue in qualifying], we were able to move to the front and I thought we were in an excellent position to challenge for the win.  It's just a shame everything ended too soon."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p># # #</p> Honda Racing Sat, 04 Oct 2014 16:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/9bfcfd45-226c-4910-a1c3-6f75647b3a2a http://hondanews.com/releases/9bfcfd45-226c-4910-a1c3-6f75647b3a2a Petit Le Mans Race Report <p>Circuit: Road Atlanta (2.54-mile road course) Braselton, Georgia<br> Weather: Clear, cool, 58 degrees F </p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Charge to the front ends following collision and contact with the barriers</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda-powered Ligier posts fastest race laps prior to collision </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>17th annual Petit Le Mans concludes 2014 United SportsCar Championship season</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>An up-and-down weekend for Honda Performance Development and the OAK Racing Ligier-Honda ended just before the mid-point of Saturday's season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, when contact with another prototype sent driver Gustavo Yacaman into the Turn One barriers and out of the contest.  </p> <p>The Honda-powered prototype was fastest in both Thursday night practice and the race morning warm-up in the hands of driver Alex Brundle, but a clutch-related issue in the sole qualifying session resulted in the OAK machine starting near the back of the 51-car field.</p> <p>Starting driver Brundle quickly moved through the field, battling the DeltaWing prototype of Katherine Legge for fifth place until the first round of pit stops.  During the first stop, however, repairs to a turbocharger hose clamp dropped the Ligier three laps off the leaders.  </p> <p>Brundle and co-driver Ho Pin Tung continued to charge, both setting fastest race laps during their stints as the OAK team recovered two of the lost laps.  Ho's best effort, a 1:13.9, remained the fastest lap of the race through the sixth hour of the 10-hour contest.</p> <p>Taking over the Ligier Honda in the fourth hour, Yacaman continued to advance, and was attempting to regain the lead lap when contact with the DeltaWing, now driven by Andy Meyrick, sent Yacaman off track in Turn One and then into the barriers.  Damage to the front suspension and steering rack ended the race for HPD and the OAK team.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Earlier this weekend, the Compass360 Racing duo of Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple won the ST category aboard their Honda Civic Si in Friday's two-hour, thirty-minute Continental Tire SportsCar Championship race at Road Atlanta.  It was the third victory of the season – and second consecutive win – for the pair, who also won the ST category at Watkins Glen in July and at the Circuit of the Americas in September.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Road Atlanta can be found on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>Today's 17th annual Petit Le Mans concludes the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Extreme Speed Motorsports will campaign their pair of HPD ARX-03b Hondas at the 6 Hours of Shanghai World Endurance Championship event on November 2.</p> <p>Allen Miller (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "It was an unfortunate, early end to a difficult weekend.  The Honda-powered OAK Racing team was fast throughout the event, leading night practice and the race morning warm-up, as well as posting the two fastest laps of the race.  But mechanical setbacks struck repeatedly, and resulted in the team continually having to come from behind. Thanks to everyone at HPD for all of their hard work throughout the year.  Now it's on to Shanghai for the WEC race with Extreme Speed Motorsports where we hope to close out the season with a victory."</p> <p>Gustavo Yacaman (#42 Ligier JSP2 Honda) on the collision that ended their race: "First of all, I want to thank everyone at Honda Racing and HPD for all their efforts in putting this program together, and the entire OAK Racing team for their incredible energy and support over a long race weekend.  I feel really bad for the team.  I'm not sure if the collision was my mistake, but I'm just completely gutted for everyone working here now.  The car was very, very fast.  Even though we started at the back [due to a clutch issue in qualifying], we were able to move to the front and I thought we were in an excellent position to challenge for the win.  It's just a shame everything ended too soon."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p># # #</p> Honda Racing: WEC 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas <p><strong>Circuit: </strong>Circuit of the Americas (3.4-mile road course) Austin, Texas<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Partly sunny, humid, 84-degrees at race start; heavy rain at 90-minute mark resulting in 55-minute red flag; remainder of race overcast, humid, warm, 79 degrees</p> <p><strong><u>Honda Propels Extreme Speed Motorsports to Podium WEC Result</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Race-winning HPD-Honda team makes World Endurance Championship debut</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Third-place LMP2 result for HPD ARX-03b Honda at the Circuit of the Americas </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Team to run two cars at upcoming Shanghai WEC round</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>HPD-Honda equipped Extreme Speed Motorsports celebrated a podium finish Saturday night at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, finishing third in the LMP2 category in the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship debut.</p> <p>After six hours of competition that started at 5 p.m. CDT – and included heavy rains that deluged the 3.4-mile road course and led to a 50-minute red flag – the Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp and Ed Brown-driven HPD ARX-03b Honda came home an impressive 10th overall with both Dalziel and Sharp leading LMP2 during their stints behind the wheel.</p> <p>While the race started in hot, humid but dry conditions; heavy rain drenched the circuit in the second hour, which resulted in a number of cars spinning, prior to a red flag being called.  Starting driver and early LMP2 leader Sharp survived the initial treacherous conditions, and had just pitted to change to rain tires when the race was halted by the red flag.</p> <p>After a stoppage of just under an hour, the race resumed with Sharp driving aggressively to regain ground lost by being in pit lane when the race was halted.  Taking over just after the halfway point, Dalziel turned laps as much as six seconds quicker than the LMP2 leaders during his stint, until transmission issues forced him to reduce his pace.  Assuming the driving duties for the final 90 minutes, Ed Brown brought the Extreme Speed HPD-Honda home to a podium finish in the inaugural WEC race for the team.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engine used in the WEC – and in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – is derived from the Honda “J35” series of production V6 engines and includes relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components utilized in the HR28TT include block and heads, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>HPD’s prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships.  HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 2010 and 2012.</p> <p>Earlier on Saturday, the Honda-powered OAK Racing Ligier JSP2 of Alex Brundle and Gustavo Yacaman led 26 laps and finished a close second in the Lone Star Le Mans TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, with the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes Overbeek taking the checkers in fourth.</p> <p>On Friday, the Compass360 Racing duo of Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple won the ST class aboard their Honda Civic Si in the two-hour, thirty-minute Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race here.  It was the second victory of the season for the pair, who also won the ST category at the Watkins Glen round in July.</p> <p>On Saturday morning, Extreme Speed Motorsports announced it would enter the sixth round of the World Endurance Championship, running both of the team’s HPD ARX-03b Hondas at the WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai, November 2 at China’s Shanghai International Circuit.</p> <p><strong>Scott Sharp </strong>(Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda) <strong>finished 3rd in LMP2 and 10th overall: </strong>“It was a great learning experience for us. We were dealt all kinds of issues and hurdles today. The team jumped on them all and we got our podium [finish]. Ed [Brown] and Ryan [Dalziel] did a great job, and everybody hung together.  We had some issues at the end, and Ed had some additional responsibilities in the car above and beyond driving.  We accomplished everything we wanted this weekend. A win would have been a bonus, but we’ll take third place tonight. That rain was a torrential downpour and one of the worst conditions I’ve ever driven in. Luckily, I was able to keep it on the track. I pitted, we switched to rain tires, and then they red-flagged the race. We got stuck at the end of pit lane and that cost us a lap. Once Ryan got going in his stint, we were on the right pace.  I’m proud of the entire team. They put a tremendous effort into this race and this weekend.”</p> <p><strong>Ryan Dalziel </strong>(Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda):  It was a great day.  We came in here with a focus to get a podium.  We had some ups and downs, and the team overcame some problems.  When we were out in clean air [and leading], the car was really quick.  We definitely felt we had the speed to pull away.  But we got caught in the pits when it rained and lost some time.  We feel we executed everything right, and this was a good result.  Now let’s go to Shanghai and prove we can win.”</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller </strong>(Prototype Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on tonight’s race:  </strong>“We’re quite happy with the outcome of our return to the World Endurance Championship with the HPD chassis and Honda engine.  It was an encouraging debut for Extreme Speed Motorsports, in their first time running under WEC rules.  They had a very competitive run going until forced to slightly reduce their pace during the last 90 minutes, to conserve the transmission. Thanks to everyone involved at HPD for their hard work and dedication in both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and WEC events this weekend.”</p> Honda Racing Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:27:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/d5dad875-cbfc-4f34-a7d1-bae11566027a http://hondanews.com/releases/d5dad875-cbfc-4f34-a7d1-bae11566027a WEC 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas <p><strong>Circuit: </strong>Circuit of the Americas (3.4-mile road course) Austin, Texas<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Partly sunny, humid, 84-degrees at race start; heavy rain at 90-minute mark resulting in 55-minute red flag; remainder of race overcast, humid, warm, 79 degrees</p> <p><strong><u>Honda Propels Extreme Speed Motorsports to Podium WEC Result</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Race-winning HPD-Honda team makes World Endurance Championship debut</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Third-place LMP2 result for HPD ARX-03b Honda at the Circuit of the Americas </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Team to run two cars at upcoming Shanghai WEC round</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>HPD-Honda equipped Extreme Speed Motorsports celebrated a podium finish Saturday night at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, finishing third in the LMP2 category in the team’s FIA World Endurance Championship debut.</p> <p>After six hours of competition that started at 5 p.m. CDT – and included heavy rains that deluged the 3.4-mile road course and led to a 50-minute red flag – the Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp and Ed Brown-driven HPD ARX-03b Honda came home an impressive 10th overall with both Dalziel and Sharp leading LMP2 during their stints behind the wheel.</p> <p>While the race started in hot, humid but dry conditions; heavy rain drenched the circuit in the second hour, which resulted in a number of cars spinning, prior to a red flag being called.  Starting driver and early LMP2 leader Sharp survived the initial treacherous conditions, and had just pitted to change to rain tires when the race was halted by the red flag.</p> <p>After a stoppage of just under an hour, the race resumed with Sharp driving aggressively to regain ground lost by being in pit lane when the race was halted.  Taking over just after the halfway point, Dalziel turned laps as much as six seconds quicker than the LMP2 leaders during his stint, until transmission issues forced him to reduce his pace.  Assuming the driving duties for the final 90 minutes, Ed Brown brought the Extreme Speed HPD-Honda home to a podium finish in the inaugural WEC race for the team.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engine used in the WEC – and in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – is derived from the Honda “J35” series of production V6 engines and includes relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components utilized in the HR28TT include block and heads, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>HPD’s prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships.  HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 2010 and 2012.</p> <p>Earlier on Saturday, the Honda-powered OAK Racing Ligier JSP2 of Alex Brundle and Gustavo Yacaman led 26 laps and finished a close second in the Lone Star Le Mans TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, with the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes Overbeek taking the checkers in fourth.</p> <p>On Friday, the Compass360 Racing duo of Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple won the ST class aboard their Honda Civic Si in the two-hour, thirty-minute Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race here.  It was the second victory of the season for the pair, who also won the ST category at the Watkins Glen round in July.</p> <p>On Saturday morning, Extreme Speed Motorsports announced it would enter the sixth round of the World Endurance Championship, running both of the team’s HPD ARX-03b Hondas at the WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai, November 2 at China’s Shanghai International Circuit.</p> <p><strong>Scott Sharp </strong>(Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda) <strong>finished 3rd in LMP2 and 10th overall: </strong>“It was a great learning experience for us. We were dealt all kinds of issues and hurdles today. The team jumped on them all and we got our podium [finish]. Ed [Brown] and Ryan [Dalziel] did a great job, and everybody hung together.  We had some issues at the end, and Ed had some additional responsibilities in the car above and beyond driving.  We accomplished everything we wanted this weekend. A win would have been a bonus, but we’ll take third place tonight. That rain was a torrential downpour and one of the worst conditions I’ve ever driven in. Luckily, I was able to keep it on the track. I pitted, we switched to rain tires, and then they red-flagged the race. We got stuck at the end of pit lane and that cost us a lap. Once Ryan got going in his stint, we were on the right pace.  I’m proud of the entire team. They put a tremendous effort into this race and this weekend.”</p> <p><strong>Ryan Dalziel </strong>(Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda):  It was a great day.  We came in here with a focus to get a podium.  We had some ups and downs, and the team overcame some problems.  When we were out in clean air [and leading], the car was really quick.  We definitely felt we had the speed to pull away.  But we got caught in the pits when it rained and lost some time.  We feel we executed everything right, and this was a good result.  Now let’s go to Shanghai and prove we can win.”</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller </strong>(Prototype Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on tonight’s race:  </strong>“We’re quite happy with the outcome of our return to the World Endurance Championship with the HPD chassis and Honda engine.  It was an encouraging debut for Extreme Speed Motorsports, in their first time running under WEC rules.  They had a very competitive run going until forced to slightly reduce their pace during the last 90 minutes, to conserve the transmission. Thanks to everyone involved at HPD for their hard work and dedication in both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and WEC events this weekend.”</p> Honda Racing: Lone Star Le Mans Race Report <p><strong>Circuit: </strong>Circuit of the Americas (3.4-mile road course) Austin, Texas<br> <strong>2013 winners:</strong> Klaus Graf / Lucas Luhr [Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD-ARX-03c Honda] <br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Early-race light rain, hot, humid, 85 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td>Ps.</td> <td>Class</td> <td>Drivers</td> <td>Team</td> <td>Chassis/Engine</td> <td>Laps/Notes</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>1.P</td> <td>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</td> <td>Chip Ganassi Racing</td> <td>Riley Ford</td> <td>77 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2.</td> <td>2.P</td> <td><strong>Alex Brundle/Gustavo Yacaman</strong></td> <td><strong>OAK Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Ligier JS2 Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>+2.336 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>3.</td> <td>3.P</td> <td>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</td> <td>Action Express</td> <td>Coyote Corvette</td> <td>+11.016 seconds</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4.</td> <td>4.P</td> <td><strong>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek</strong></td> <td><strong>Extreme Speed</strong></td> <td><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>+35.811 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5.</td> <td>5.P</td> <td>Oswaldo Negri Jr./John Pew</td> <td>Michael Shank Rcg</td> <td>Riley Ford</td> <td>+48.448 seconds</td> </tr> <tr> <td>6.</td> <td>6.P</td> <td>Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook</td> <td>Spirit of Daytona</td> <td>Coyote Corvette</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7.</td> <td>7.P</td> <td>Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor</td> <td>Wayne Taylor Racing</td> <td>Dallara Corvette</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8.</td> <td>1.PC</td> <td>Luis Diaz/Sean Rayhall</td> <td>8 Star Motorsports</td> <td>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9.</td> <td>2.PC</td> <td>Jon Bennett/Colin Braun</td> <td>CORE autosport</td> <td>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10.</td> <td>8.P</td> <td>Eric Curran/Burt Frisselle</td> <td>Marsh Racing</td> <td>Coyote Corvette</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>OAK Racing Duo Produce Podium Finish for Honda at Circuit of the Americas</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Alex Brundle, Gustavo Yacaman take fight for victory to the checkers</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Debut TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race for Honda-powered Ligier</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Extreme Speed Motorsports runs fourth in HPD ARX-03b Honda</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In an epic battle that was not decided until the checkers flew, the Honda-powered OAK Racing pairing of Alex Brundle and Gustavo Yacaman finished a close second in Saturday's Lone Star Le Mans endurance race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>After qualifying on the pole in their first race with Honda power – the third consecutive and fourth pole of the season for Honda – Brundle and Yacaman combined to lead 26 laps of the 77 lap contest, with Brundle also setting fastest race lap. However, a spin after contact from the Spirit of Daytona Corvette prototype, dropped the Ligier-Honda to fifth place mid-race.  </p> <p>As Brundle recovered positions after the spin, the Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas elected to run a fuel conservation strategy, enabling them to complete the race with just two pit stops, one less than the remainder of the prototype field. Despite this, Brundle continued to close on the leaders, passing the series-leading Corvette prototype of Christian Fittipaldi for second with eight laps remaining.  </p> <p>After closing to within a second of the leader, traffic in the closing laps cost Brundle additional time, allowing Pruett to back off the throttle in the final lap and take the win over Brundle by just 2.3 seconds.  </p> <p>Starting fifth, the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek ran as high as third, before contact with a spinning GT category Porsche resulted in damage to the left rear bodywork and underbody. Van Overbeek continued on to finish fourth, the third top-five finish in 10 races this season for the pair.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Earlier this weekend, the Compass360 Racing duo of Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple won the ST category aboard their Honda Civic Si in Friday's two-hour, thirty-minute Continental Tire SportsCar Championship race at the Circuit of the Americas. It was the second victory of the season for the pair, who also won the ST category at the Watkins Glen round in July.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at the Circuit of the Americas can be found on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship concludes next month with the season-ending Petit Le Mans, October 2-3 at Road Atlanta in Gainesville, Georgia.</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller</strong> (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race:</strong> "Congratulations to OAK Racing for an excellent debut using Honda power in their Ligier chassis. They are a great addition to the Honda lineup in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and we're looking forward to contending for the victory again next month at the Petit Le Mans. Congratulations as well to the #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports group for another solid performance, led by Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown. This is an exciting, but very busy period for everyone involved in the sports car program at Honda Performance Development, as we're also taking part in tonight's World Endurance Championship race with the second Extreme Speed HPD-Honda, followed by traveling to Shanghai next month for the China round of the WEC with Extreme Speed."</p> <p><strong>Alex Brundle</strong> (#42 Ligier JSP2 Honda) started 1st (fourth Honda pole of 2014)<strong>, finished 2nd: </strong>"We had massive pace all weekend, so it was easy to catch up to people. But even still, we're not in a position to out-drag the Daytona Prototype cars, so you have to get a bit inventive, as I did there at the end [passing the #5 Corvette of Christian Fittipaldi for second place]. Tops for Ligier and tops for Honda and HPD to come here, get the pole for the first time, and get a podium result."</p> <p> </p> Honda Racing Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/5d7589d8-7240-4fab-906b-ad541dfb4dbd http://hondanews.com/releases/5d7589d8-7240-4fab-906b-ad541dfb4dbd Lone Star Le Mans Race Report <p><strong>Circuit: </strong>Circuit of the Americas (3.4-mile road course) Austin, Texas<br> <strong>2013 winners:</strong> Klaus Graf / Lucas Luhr [Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD-ARX-03c Honda] <br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Early-race light rain, hot, humid, 85 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td>Ps.</td> <td>Class</td> <td>Drivers</td> <td>Team</td> <td>Chassis/Engine</td> <td>Laps/Notes</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>1.P</td> <td>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</td> <td>Chip Ganassi Racing</td> <td>Riley Ford</td> <td>77 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2.</td> <td>2.P</td> <td><strong>Alex Brundle/Gustavo Yacaman</strong></td> <td><strong>OAK Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Ligier JS2 Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>+2.336 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>3.</td> <td>3.P</td> <td>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</td> <td>Action Express</td> <td>Coyote Corvette</td> <td>+11.016 seconds</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4.</td> <td>4.P</td> <td><strong>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek</strong></td> <td><strong>Extreme Speed</strong></td> <td><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>+35.811 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5.</td> <td>5.P</td> <td>Oswaldo Negri Jr./John Pew</td> <td>Michael Shank Rcg</td> <td>Riley Ford</td> <td>+48.448 seconds</td> </tr> <tr> <td>6.</td> <td>6.P</td> <td>Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook</td> <td>Spirit of Daytona</td> <td>Coyote Corvette</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7.</td> <td>7.P</td> <td>Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor</td> <td>Wayne Taylor Racing</td> <td>Dallara Corvette</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8.</td> <td>1.PC</td> <td>Luis Diaz/Sean Rayhall</td> <td>8 Star Motorsports</td> <td>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9.</td> <td>2.PC</td> <td>Jon Bennett/Colin Braun</td> <td>CORE autosport</td> <td>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10.</td> <td>8.P</td> <td>Eric Curran/Burt Frisselle</td> <td>Marsh Racing</td> <td>Coyote Corvette</td> <td>76 laps</td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>OAK Racing Duo Produce Podium Finish for Honda at Circuit of the Americas</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Alex Brundle, Gustavo Yacaman take fight for victory to the checkers</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Debut TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race for Honda-powered Ligier</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Extreme Speed Motorsports runs fourth in HPD ARX-03b Honda</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In an epic battle that was not decided until the checkers flew, the Honda-powered OAK Racing pairing of Alex Brundle and Gustavo Yacaman finished a close second in Saturday's Lone Star Le Mans endurance race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>After qualifying on the pole in their first race with Honda power – the third consecutive and fourth pole of the season for Honda – Brundle and Yacaman combined to lead 26 laps of the 77 lap contest, with Brundle also setting fastest race lap. However, a spin after contact from the Spirit of Daytona Corvette prototype, dropped the Ligier-Honda to fifth place mid-race.  </p> <p>As Brundle recovered positions after the spin, the Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas elected to run a fuel conservation strategy, enabling them to complete the race with just two pit stops, one less than the remainder of the prototype field. Despite this, Brundle continued to close on the leaders, passing the series-leading Corvette prototype of Christian Fittipaldi for second with eight laps remaining.  </p> <p>After closing to within a second of the leader, traffic in the closing laps cost Brundle additional time, allowing Pruett to back off the throttle in the final lap and take the win over Brundle by just 2.3 seconds.  </p> <p>Starting fifth, the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek ran as high as third, before contact with a spinning GT category Porsche resulted in damage to the left rear bodywork and underbody. Van Overbeek continued on to finish fourth, the third top-five finish in 10 races this season for the pair.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Earlier this weekend, the Compass360 Racing duo of Ryan Eversley and Kyle Gimple won the ST category aboard their Honda Civic Si in Friday's two-hour, thirty-minute Continental Tire SportsCar Championship race at the Circuit of the Americas. It was the second victory of the season for the pair, who also won the ST category at the Watkins Glen round in July.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at the Circuit of the Americas can be found on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship concludes next month with the season-ending Petit Le Mans, October 2-3 at Road Atlanta in Gainesville, Georgia.</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller</strong> (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race:</strong> "Congratulations to OAK Racing for an excellent debut using Honda power in their Ligier chassis. They are a great addition to the Honda lineup in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and we're looking forward to contending for the victory again next month at the Petit Le Mans. Congratulations as well to the #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports group for another solid performance, led by Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown. This is an exciting, but very busy period for everyone involved in the sports car program at Honda Performance Development, as we're also taking part in tonight's World Endurance Championship race with the second Extreme Speed HPD-Honda, followed by traveling to Shanghai next month for the China round of the WEC with Extreme Speed."</p> <p><strong>Alex Brundle</strong> (#42 Ligier JSP2 Honda) started 1st (fourth Honda pole of 2014)<strong>, finished 2nd: </strong>"We had massive pace all weekend, so it was easy to catch up to people. But even still, we're not in a position to out-drag the Daytona Prototype cars, so you have to get a bit inventive, as I did there at the end [passing the #5 Corvette of Christian Fittipaldi for second place]. Tops for Ligier and tops for Honda and HPD to come here, get the pole for the first time, and get a podium result."</p> <p> </p> Honda Racing: MAVTV American Real 500 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) Fontana, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 154.867 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Clear, warm, 87 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>196.111 mph avg.; led 64 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+3.6750 seconds; led 5 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>14.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 85 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 17 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 4</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>12.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2014 IndyCar Series champion</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 3.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 1 lap</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 26 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 21</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – illness</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>   0</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not start – crash in practice</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Hinchcliffe Recovers for Fifth Place Finish at Fontana Finale</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Handling issues end Pagenaud championship challenge</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>500-mile 2014 season finale slowed by only a single caution</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Carlos Munoz claims Rookie of the Year honors</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe featured in Saturday night’s MAVTV American Real 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, but penalties for pit lane violations – and a spin by Hunter-Reay that brought out the only caution of the night – ended their hopes for victory in the 18th and final race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>Hinchcliffe recovered with a strong second-half run to finish fifth, his fourth top-five result of the season, while Takuma Sato also moved up in the final laps to take the checkers in sixth. Eighth-place was enough to secure season Rookie of the Year honors for Carlos Munoz, while Josef Newgarden rounded out the top ten finishers.</p> <p>Handling issues, which became apparent in the opening laps of tonight’s 250-lap contest, also ended the title hopes of Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud, who came into the race third in the drivers’ championship, but fell to fifth in the final tally after finishing a disappointing 20th.</p> <p>Pagenaud’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, was injured in a multi-car crash during practice Friday night. Aleshin is listed in stable condition at a local hospital, where he is being treated for chest injuries including fractured ribs, a broken collarbone and concussion.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s Indy car season finale at Auto Club Speedway are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p><strong>Final Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship </strong>(after 18 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>671 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>6. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>563 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>609 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>544 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>3. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>604 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>483</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>4. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>586 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>9. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>463</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>5. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>565 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>10. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>461 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers’ Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,393 (12 wins)</p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>James Hinchcliffe </strong>(#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 10th, finished 5th: </strong>“It was a roller-coaster of a race. Obviously, the car was bad-fast early, and we were able to go to the front. We probably stayed out too long on the first stint and lost a little track position. Then we got the drive-through [penalty, for speeding in pit lane], but luckily, we were able to stay on the lead lap and got the [caution flag] we needed to battle back a bit. The car was good on long runs, and luckily we had a lot of that tonight. George (Klotz, strategist) made a great call on pitting us early on that last stop and we were able to leap-frog some guys. We didn’t have anything for the top four, to be honest, but to come back after the penalty with a top five, we’re pretty pleased with that. Our thoughts are still with Mikhail [Aleshin], we missed him tonight and wish him a speedy recovery, and big thanks to all the fans for a season full of support."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 12th, finished 20th:</strong> “It was a long night and disappointing result. We came in with very high hopes for the championship. But when you reflect on the year, we’ve been strong at every race, won races, and had great results for the last three years with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports. We had a shot at the championship, but tonight was not our night. We’ve been quite strong on ovals this year, apart from tonight. To win the championship, we need to improve our finishing average, and that’s what we’ll work on for next year.”</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on tonight’s season finale: </strong>“We had several fast cars in the field tonight, so it was disappointing that we were unable to capitalize on that speed. But reflecting on the full 2014 season, we can take pride in the performance and reliability of our all-new twin-turbocharged engine, highlighted by our victory in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport and Ryan Hunter-Reay.</p> <p>Congratulations to Ryan and Simon Pagenaud for their successful, championship-contending seasons and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts all season long. We’ll put our heads down and come back faster and stronger in 2015.”</p> <p><strong>For a photo from tonight’s race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729</a></p> Honda Racing Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/fa50ac3b-86ef-4041-837f-c8b95a0edf35 http://hondanews.com/releases/fa50ac3b-86ef-4041-837f-c8b95a0edf35 MAVTV American Real 500 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) Fontana, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 154.867 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Clear, warm, 87 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>196.111 mph avg.; led 64 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+3.6750 seconds; led 5 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>14.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 85 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 17 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 4</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>12.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2014 IndyCar Series champion</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 3.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 1 lap</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 26 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 21</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – illness</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>   0</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not start – crash in practice</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Hinchcliffe Recovers for Fifth Place Finish at Fontana Finale</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Handling issues end Pagenaud championship challenge</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>500-mile 2014 season finale slowed by only a single caution</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Carlos Munoz claims Rookie of the Year honors</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe featured in Saturday night’s MAVTV American Real 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, but penalties for pit lane violations – and a spin by Hunter-Reay that brought out the only caution of the night – ended their hopes for victory in the 18th and final race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>Hinchcliffe recovered with a strong second-half run to finish fifth, his fourth top-five result of the season, while Takuma Sato also moved up in the final laps to take the checkers in sixth. Eighth-place was enough to secure season Rookie of the Year honors for Carlos Munoz, while Josef Newgarden rounded out the top ten finishers.</p> <p>Handling issues, which became apparent in the opening laps of tonight’s 250-lap contest, also ended the title hopes of Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud, who came into the race third in the drivers’ championship, but fell to fifth in the final tally after finishing a disappointing 20th.</p> <p>Pagenaud’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, was injured in a multi-car crash during practice Friday night. Aleshin is listed in stable condition at a local hospital, where he is being treated for chest injuries including fractured ribs, a broken collarbone and concussion.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s Indy car season finale at Auto Club Speedway are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p><strong>Final Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship </strong>(after 18 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>671 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>6. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>563 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>609 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>544 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>3. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>604 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>483</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>4. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>586 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>9. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>463</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>5. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>565 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>10. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>461 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers’ Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,393 (12 wins)</p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>James Hinchcliffe </strong>(#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 10th, finished 5th: </strong>“It was a roller-coaster of a race. Obviously, the car was bad-fast early, and we were able to go to the front. We probably stayed out too long on the first stint and lost a little track position. Then we got the drive-through [penalty, for speeding in pit lane], but luckily, we were able to stay on the lead lap and got the [caution flag] we needed to battle back a bit. The car was good on long runs, and luckily we had a lot of that tonight. George (Klotz, strategist) made a great call on pitting us early on that last stop and we were able to leap-frog some guys. We didn’t have anything for the top four, to be honest, but to come back after the penalty with a top five, we’re pretty pleased with that. Our thoughts are still with Mikhail [Aleshin], we missed him tonight and wish him a speedy recovery, and big thanks to all the fans for a season full of support."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 12th, finished 20th:</strong> “It was a long night and disappointing result. We came in with very high hopes for the championship. But when you reflect on the year, we’ve been strong at every race, won races, and had great results for the last three years with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports. We had a shot at the championship, but tonight was not our night. We’ve been quite strong on ovals this year, apart from tonight. To win the championship, we need to improve our finishing average, and that’s what we’ll work on for next year.”</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on tonight’s season finale: </strong>“We had several fast cars in the field tonight, so it was disappointing that we were unable to capitalize on that speed. But reflecting on the full 2014 season, we can take pride in the performance and reliability of our all-new twin-turbocharged engine, highlighted by our victory in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport and Ryan Hunter-Reay.</p> <p>Congratulations to Ryan and Simon Pagenaud for their successful, championship-contending seasons and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts all season long. We’ll put our heads down and come back faster and stronger in 2015.”</p> <p><strong>For a photo from tonight’s race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729</a></p> Honda Racing: 2014 IndyCar Sonoma <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4e4d/b351/4e4db351-0b74-40c5-8b64-87a78ad4bf90-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Sonoma Honda Racing Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:07:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-sonoma-19 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-sonoma-19 2014 IndyCar Sonoma <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4e4d/b351/4e4db351-0b74-40c5-8b64-87a78ad4bf90-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Sonoma Honda Racing: 2014 IndyCar Sonoma <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/101e/df06/101edf06-127e-4ce9-8ca2-072594b4efc0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Sonoma Honda Racing Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:01:00 -0700 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src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c983/5c38/c9835c38-3750-4409-b503-ff1322b1bfad-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Sonoma Honda Racing: GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 86.401 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 64 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td><strong>Fn.</strong></td> <td><strong>St.</strong></td> <td><strong>Driver</strong></td> <td><strong>Team</strong></td> <td><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></td> <td><strong>Laps</strong></td> <td><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>3.</td> <td>Scott Dixon</td> <td>Chip Ganassi Racing</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>94.026 mph avg.; led 3 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>10.</strong></td> <td><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>+1.1359 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></td> <td><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 1 lap</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5.</td> <td>19.</td> <td>Helio Castroneves</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>6.</strong></td> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></td> <td><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>7.</strong></td> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>8.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>16.</strong></td> <td><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>10.</td> <td>1.</td> <td>Will Power</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>Led 33 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="7"><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>12.</strong></td> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>18.</strong></td> <td><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>19.</strong></td> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>14.</strong></td> <td><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></td> <td><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running; led 18 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>22.</strong></td> <td><strong>21.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>28</strong></td> <td><strong>Did not finish – mechanical</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rahal's Fuel Gamble Comes Up Just Short for Honda at Sonoma</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Second for Hunter-Reay, third for Pagenaud keep both in the title chase</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin again leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers claim seven of top-10 finishing positions</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race featuring multiple fuel and tire strategies, a bold gamble by Graham Rahal and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team allowed them to lead 18 laps of Sunday's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, but the bid by the second-generation racer for his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory of 2014 came up just short, forcing him out of the lead and into pit lane for a splash of fuel with only three laps remaining.  </p> <p>The late stop dropped Rahal to an unrepresentative 20th-place result behind winner Scott Dixon, but fellow Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud kept their drivers' championship hopes alive by finishing second and third, respectively, in today's 85-lap contest at Sonoma Raceway. Both go into next weekend's season finale fighting for the title with series leaders Will Power and Helio Castroneves.</p> <p>A.J. Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato was another driver to take advantage of early caution flags to go "off sequence" in his pit strategy, taking him from 20th on the starting grid to fourth at the checkers. Josef Newgarden contended for the lead throughout the first half of the race before fading slightly to finish sixth, while Mikhail Aleshin led the rookie contingent for the second race in succession, finishing seventh for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.</p> <p>Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson maintained their own private battle throughout the race, with Andretti claiming eighth in the closing laps. Wilson then fought off Power and Sebastien Bourdais in the run from the final corner to the checkers to claim ninth. </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car and Pirelli World Challenge action at Sonoma Raceway are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads south to Los Angeles for the final race of 2014, the MAVTV 500, Saturday night, August 30, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 17 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>626 points (3 wins)</td> <td>6. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>519 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>575 (1 win)</td> <td>7. Tony Kanaan</td> <td>443</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></td> <td><strong>545 (2 wins)</strong></td> <td>8. Sebastien Bourdais</td> <td>437 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>534 (3 wins)</strong></td> <td><strong>9. Carlos Munoz - R</strong></td> <td><strong>435</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5. Scott Dixon</td> <td>523 (2 wins)</td> <td><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>424</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>2,393 (11 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 13th, finished 3rd:</strong><strong>  </strong>"Sonoma is such a hard track to pass on, so we really made the race in the pits. The pit stops were awesome, and that's what helped us gain so many positions. Our strategy was very frustrating, very tough for me. I had to save so much fuel, but in the end we made it past [Mike] Conway in the last corner for third, which is fantastic. This morning, I never thought we would be third. I'm delighted, and we're going into Fontana with a chance at the title, which is very important to me and the team."</p> <p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong> (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda)<strong> started 14th, finished 20th, led 18 laps before making a late-race pit stop for fuel:</strong> "The National Guard car was great today. We fought hard and obviously we passed the guys that we needed to pass and got to the front. Unfortunately, we came up short again. We'll just have to keep working hard, and keep our heads down. We've got one more race to get the National Guard a win, and I hope we can do it. For a while I thought it might happen today. We were taking extreme measures [to stretch the fuel], and running with all kinds of stuff off to try to get an extra bit of fuel. It just wasn't enough. I said to the team in the pre-race strategy meeting 'Guys, a double, triple, or homerun doesn't do anything for us now. Only a Grand Slam does.' But we missed."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development)<strong> on today's race:</strong> "This was a good race for Honda, and many of our teams, with seven of the top-10 finishing positions. I feel bad for Graham [Rahal]; having to pit for fuel while leading, so close to the finish and after such an excellent performance, had to be tremendously disappointing. Congratulations to Ryan and Simon for their strong runs today to keep their championship hopes alive going into next weekend's finale in Fontana, and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts this weekend."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728</a></p> Honda Racing Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:28:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/0a81d9f7-d048-4af4-bdd0-5cf42e63e047 http://hondanews.com/releases/0a81d9f7-d048-4af4-bdd0-5cf42e63e047 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 86.401 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 64 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td><strong>Fn.</strong></td> <td><strong>St.</strong></td> <td><strong>Driver</strong></td> <td><strong>Team</strong></td> <td><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></td> <td><strong>Laps</strong></td> <td><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>3.</td> <td>Scott Dixon</td> <td>Chip Ganassi Racing</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>94.026 mph avg.; led 3 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>10.</strong></td> <td><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>+1.1359 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></td> <td><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 1 lap</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5.</td> <td>19.</td> <td>Helio Castroneves</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>6.</strong></td> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></td> <td><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>7.</strong></td> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>8.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>16.</strong></td> <td><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>10.</td> <td>1.</td> <td>Will Power</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>Led 33 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="7"><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>12.</strong></td> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>18.</strong></td> <td><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>19.</strong></td> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>14.</strong></td> <td><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></td> <td><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running; led 18 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>22.</strong></td> <td><strong>21.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>28</strong></td> <td><strong>Did not finish – mechanical</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rahal's Fuel Gamble Comes Up Just Short for Honda at Sonoma</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Second for Hunter-Reay, third for Pagenaud keep both in the title chase</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin again leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers claim seven of top-10 finishing positions</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race featuring multiple fuel and tire strategies, a bold gamble by Graham Rahal and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team allowed them to lead 18 laps of Sunday's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, but the bid by the second-generation racer for his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory of 2014 came up just short, forcing him out of the lead and into pit lane for a splash of fuel with only three laps remaining.  </p> <p>The late stop dropped Rahal to an unrepresentative 20th-place result behind winner Scott Dixon, but fellow Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud kept their drivers' championship hopes alive by finishing second and third, respectively, in today's 85-lap contest at Sonoma Raceway. Both go into next weekend's season finale fighting for the title with series leaders Will Power and Helio Castroneves.</p> <p>A.J. Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato was another driver to take advantage of early caution flags to go "off sequence" in his pit strategy, taking him from 20th on the starting grid to fourth at the checkers. Josef Newgarden contended for the lead throughout the first half of the race before fading slightly to finish sixth, while Mikhail Aleshin led the rookie contingent for the second race in succession, finishing seventh for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.</p> <p>Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson maintained their own private battle throughout the race, with Andretti claiming eighth in the closing laps. Wilson then fought off Power and Sebastien Bourdais in the run from the final corner to the checkers to claim ninth. </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car and Pirelli World Challenge action at Sonoma Raceway are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads south to Los Angeles for the final race of 2014, the MAVTV 500, Saturday night, August 30, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 17 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>626 points (3 wins)</td> <td>6. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>519 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>575 (1 win)</td> <td>7. Tony Kanaan</td> <td>443</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></td> <td><strong>545 (2 wins)</strong></td> <td>8. Sebastien Bourdais</td> <td>437 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>534 (3 wins)</strong></td> <td><strong>9. Carlos Munoz - R</strong></td> <td><strong>435</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5. Scott Dixon</td> <td>523 (2 wins)</td> <td><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>424</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>2,393 (11 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 13th, finished 3rd:</strong><strong>  </strong>"Sonoma is such a hard track to pass on, so we really made the race in the pits. The pit stops were awesome, and that's what helped us gain so many positions. Our strategy was very frustrating, very tough for me. I had to save so much fuel, but in the end we made it past [Mike] Conway in the last corner for third, which is fantastic. This morning, I never thought we would be third. I'm delighted, and we're going into Fontana with a chance at the title, which is very important to me and the team."</p> <p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong> (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda)<strong> started 14th, finished 20th, led 18 laps before making a late-race pit stop for fuel:</strong> "The National Guard car was great today. We fought hard and obviously we passed the guys that we needed to pass and got to the front. Unfortunately, we came up short again. We'll just have to keep working hard, and keep our heads down. We've got one more race to get the National Guard a win, and I hope we can do it. For a while I thought it might happen today. We were taking extreme measures [to stretch the fuel], and running with all kinds of stuff off to try to get an extra bit of fuel. It just wasn't enough. I said to the team in the pre-race strategy meeting 'Guys, a double, triple, or homerun doesn't do anything for us now. Only a Grand Slam does.' But we missed."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development)<strong> on today's race:</strong> "This was a good race for Honda, and many of our teams, with seven of the top-10 finishing positions. I feel bad for Graham [Rahal]; having to pit for fuel while leading, so close to the finish and after such an excellent performance, had to be tremendously disappointing. Congratulations to Ryan and Simon for their strong runs today to keep their championship hopes alive going into next weekend's finale in Fontana, and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts this weekend."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728</a></p> Honda Racing: CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance <ul> <li><strong><em>Accessory supercharger kit boosts powertrain output to 197 hp</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Full range of CR-Z street performance parts from HPD now on sale</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.</p> <p> "The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. "With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts."</p> <p> Available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z, the HPD supercharger kit boosts total powertrain output to 197 hp<sup>1</sup> (vs. 130 hp in the stock 2013 and 2014 CR-Z with manual transmission) and includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and the HPD air filter system. Honda's Suggested Retail Price of the kit is $5,495, not including dealer installation, which is priced similarly to popular aftermarket supercharger kits but is engineered and backed by Honda. The HPD supercharger kit maintains the balance of customer's 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty when installed by a Honda dealer. The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.</p> <p> When equipped with available HPD street performance accessories, the CR-Z (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>) can feature a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> 2013 and 2014 CR-Z estimated SAE Net horsepower. Output will vary by individual vehicle.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Honda Racing Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/b25d4148-f954-446a-8d14-f693be428649 http://hondanews.com/releases/b25d4148-f954-446a-8d14-f693be428649 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance <ul> <li><strong><em>Accessory supercharger kit boosts powertrain output to 197 hp</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Full range of CR-Z street performance parts from HPD now on sale</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.</p> <p> "The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. "With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts."</p> <p> Available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z, the HPD supercharger kit boosts total powertrain output to 197 hp<sup>1</sup> (vs. 130 hp in the stock 2013 and 2014 CR-Z with manual transmission) and includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and the HPD air filter system. Honda's Suggested Retail Price of the kit is $5,495, not including dealer installation, which is priced similarly to popular aftermarket supercharger kits but is engineered and backed by Honda. The HPD supercharger kit maintains the balance of customer's 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty when installed by a Honda dealer. The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.</p> <p> When equipped with available HPD street performance accessories, the CR-Z (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>) can feature a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> 2013 and 2014 CR-Z estimated SAE Net horsepower. Output will vary by individual vehicle.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Honda Racing: Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3172/7fa4/31727fa4-139f-4869-bac8-be07b5b3da16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:45:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/wisconsin-250-at-milwaukee-indyfest-6 http://hondanews.com/photos/wisconsin-250-at-milwaukee-indyfest-6 Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3172/7fa4/31727fa4-139f-4869-bac8-be07b5b3da16-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing: Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7a22/5cf5/7a225cf5-77be-4e90-aca4-366d1332baa3-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:45:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/wisconsin-250-at-milwaukee-indyfest-5 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src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/353e/8575/353e8575-1679-485f-90c2-4cb640f16561-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:45:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/wisconsin-250-at-milwaukee-indyfest-10 http://hondanews.com/photos/wisconsin-250-at-milwaukee-indyfest-10 Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/353e/8575/353e8575-1679-485f-90c2-4cb640f16561-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) 136.848 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>145.243 mph avg.; led 249 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+2.7949 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 14 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>249</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>168</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – suspension</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>130</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Late-Race Charge Nets Newgarden Fifth for Honda at Milwaukee</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud remains in championship contention with seventh-place run</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Issues in pit lane and a fuel strategy gamble that came up short hampered Honda Verizon IndyCar Series efforts Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as Josef Newgarden led the way for the manufacturer with a fifth-place run at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. </p> <p>Starting fifth, Newgarden ran in the lead group throughout the first half of the 250-lap contest. Then, during the only caution period of the race on Lap 133, Newgarden's Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team elected to go "off sequence", moving him up to third as the rest of the field pitted, in the hopes that a later, fuel-saving caution would permit him to finish with just three pit stops. But with no additional yellow flags, Newgarden was forced to come in for a fourth and final stop on Lap 236. Resuming in 10<sup>th</sup> place with just 14 laps remaining, but on fresh tires, Newgarden charged through the field, taking fifth place from Ryan Briscoe on the final lap.</p> <p>Problems in pit lane delayed several other Honda-powered contenders, including Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's day also came to an early end with suspected suspension failure.</p> <p>Simon Pagenaud kept his championship hopes alive with a seventh-place finish, gaining ground on second-ranked Helio Castroneves and moving into third in the title fight, 92 points behind leader and race winner Will Power.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car action at The Milwaukee Mile are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads to California for the final two races of 2014, starting with the August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, at Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 16 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>602 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>472(1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>563 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>425</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>510 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>424</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>494 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>418 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>488 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>400</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,327 (10 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,382 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 5<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"It's really hard to pass around here; it's just a very difficult track to make something happen. I was trying so hard to save fuel, leaning out as much as I could. I was lifting and even then it was hard for Kanaan to get around me, and he was one of the strongest guys today. It's just a tough place. It's very dependent on aero [downforce], so when you get behind someone with the same mechanical grip, it's kind of what you got. I thought we had a really good car today. We took a gamble and it didn't work, but I'm happy we got fifth, because I think we deserved that."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 16<sup>th</sup>, finished 7<sup>th</sup>:</strong> "When people talk about ovals, they tell you it's all about momentum and timing. But until you really [experience] it for yourself, those are just words. In sports-car racing, you learn about fighting against other types of cars that [often] are slower than you in different corners. It is all about timing and momentum. Today, I made the connection between the two. It was a big step forward for me personally as a driver on ovals. The team did a great job this weekend. We decided to go a different direction in terms of setup. We were more aggressive, and it worked out really well. The crew was awesome in the pits, too. Coming into this weekend, I thought Milwaukee was going to be the hardest of the final three races for us. We gained some points today, so now I'm really looking forward to the last two races."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"This was a race of missed opportunities for us. Our Honda engines performed well all weekend, but issues in pit lane hampered several of our strongest runners today. The strategic call by the Sarah Fisher Hartman team for Josef Newgarden was a risk worth taking, but failed to pay off. Still, it was another strong run for them, and fifth was a good way to bounce back from the disappointment at Mid-Ohio. Simon Pagenaud did what he needed to stay in the thick of the drivers' championship battle, and congratulations to Mikhail Aleshin on finishing eighth, as the top rookie, at a track that is notoriously difficult for first-year drivers."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726</a></p> Honda Racing Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:55:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/4ca598de-89dc-49b5-971f-8983e9438093 http://hondanews.com/releases/4ca598de-89dc-49b5-971f-8983e9438093 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) 136.848 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>145.243 mph avg.; led 249 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+2.7949 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 14 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>249</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>168</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – suspension</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>130</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Late-Race Charge Nets Newgarden Fifth for Honda at Milwaukee</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud remains in championship contention with seventh-place run</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Issues in pit lane and a fuel strategy gamble that came up short hampered Honda Verizon IndyCar Series efforts Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as Josef Newgarden led the way for the manufacturer with a fifth-place run at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. </p> <p>Starting fifth, Newgarden ran in the lead group throughout the first half of the 250-lap contest. Then, during the only caution period of the race on Lap 133, Newgarden's Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team elected to go "off sequence", moving him up to third as the rest of the field pitted, in the hopes that a later, fuel-saving caution would permit him to finish with just three pit stops. But with no additional yellow flags, Newgarden was forced to come in for a fourth and final stop on Lap 236. Resuming in 10<sup>th</sup> place with just 14 laps remaining, but on fresh tires, Newgarden charged through the field, taking fifth place from Ryan Briscoe on the final lap.</p> <p>Problems in pit lane delayed several other Honda-powered contenders, including Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's day also came to an early end with suspected suspension failure.</p> <p>Simon Pagenaud kept his championship hopes alive with a seventh-place finish, gaining ground on second-ranked Helio Castroneves and moving into third in the title fight, 92 points behind leader and race winner Will Power.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car action at The Milwaukee Mile are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads to California for the final two races of 2014, starting with the August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, at Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 16 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>602 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>472(1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>563 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>425</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>510 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>424</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>494 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>418 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>488 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>400</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,327 (10 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,382 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 5<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"It's really hard to pass around here; it's just a very difficult track to make something happen. I was trying so hard to save fuel, leaning out as much as I could. I was lifting and even then it was hard for Kanaan to get around me, and he was one of the strongest guys today. It's just a tough place. It's very dependent on aero [downforce], so when you get behind someone with the same mechanical grip, it's kind of what you got. I thought we had a really good car today. We took a gamble and it didn't work, but I'm happy we got fifth, because I think we deserved that."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 16<sup>th</sup>, finished 7<sup>th</sup>:</strong> "When people talk about ovals, they tell you it's all about momentum and timing. But until you really [experience] it for yourself, those are just words. In sports-car racing, you learn about fighting against other types of cars that [often] are slower than you in different corners. It is all about timing and momentum. Today, I made the connection between the two. It was a big step forward for me personally as a driver on ovals. The team did a great job this weekend. We decided to go a different direction in terms of setup. We were more aggressive, and it worked out really well. The crew was awesome in the pits, too. Coming into this weekend, I thought Milwaukee was going to be the hardest of the final three races for us. We gained some points today, so now I'm really looking forward to the last two races."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"This was a race of missed opportunities for us. Our Honda engines performed well all weekend, but issues in pit lane hampered several of our strongest runners today. The strategic call by the Sarah Fisher Hartman team for Josef Newgarden was a risk worth taking, but failed to pay off. Still, it was another strong run for them, and fifth was a good way to bounce back from the disappointment at Mid-Ohio. Simon Pagenaud did what he needed to stay in the thick of the drivers' championship battle, and congratulations to Mikhail Aleshin on finishing eighth, as the top rookie, at a track that is notoriously difficult for first-year drivers."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726</a></p> Honda Racing: Canard Nails Down Second Overall at Unadilla National <p>Following a one-week hiatus, the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series returned to action this past Saturday, August 9, at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard put on quite a show, capturing his first career 450 moto win to secure second overall with 4-1 scores. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac also had an impressive showing, landing on the podium for the sixth consecutive time this season with a third. </p> <p>450 Race </p> <p>Canard started the day off strong, scoring the Oakley Bomb Award with the quickest qualifying time in practice aboard his CRF450R. In moto one, Canard got off the line to a less-than-desirable start and was 12th by the completion of the opening lap. He fought through the field, making his way into fourth on lap seven, which is where he finished. </p> <p>During the final moto of the day, Canard nabbed a second-place start and quickly set his sights on the leader. Within a couple laps it was an all-out battle for the front spot, with the two riders swapping back and forth multiple times before Canard was able to make a pass stick. Once out front, he fended off advances from the competition to earn the first 450 Class moto win of his career.</p> <p> "I can't explain how good this feels. The team and I have been working really hard, so it is nice to finally have it all pay off and get a win," Canard said after his moto two win. "The day started off great. Getting the fastest qualifying time in practice always puts you in a good position and gives you momentum heading into the day's motos. I spun off the start in moto one and by the time I made my way into fourth the leaders were so far gone. I got a much better start in the second moto and it was an intense battle from beginning to end. Once I got around Eli (Tomac) and took over the lead, I just tried not to make any mistakes because we were all within a couple seconds of each other. I am so grateful to be healthy and can't wait for the last two rounds."</p> <p> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren put in another solid performance, finishing 10th overall with 8-10 scores. Noren kicked off the day with the sixth-quickest qualifying time in practice, giving him a good gate pick heading into the opening moto. In moto one, Noren piloted his CRF450R out of the gate to a top-10 start and rode consistent throughout the 16-lap race to finish eighth. When the gate dropped for the second time, he propelled himself off the line to another good start and was running eighth before going down, ultimately loosing two positions to finish 10th.  </p> <p> "I think getting to ride on press day helped me out a lot, especially with qualifying," stated Noren. "The track conditions weren't the same but the layout was, so I didn't have to spend much time trying to learn the obstacles and could focus on trying to go fast. I was sixth overall in timed practice, which is where I want to be each week. I got good starts in both motos but went down in the second race and lost some positions. I'm still happy with a top 10 overall finish but I want to keep improving and do even better." </p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac finished third in both of the day's races to grab third-place overall. In moto one, Tomac asserted himself into third on lap two and rode a consistent race all the way to the finish.  After a great start in the second moto, he quickly moved to the forefront and led the first four laps before being passed by Canard. A mistake later in the race caused Tomac to loose another position, taking the checkered flag in third. Despite competing in only six rounds of the series, Tomac now sits fifth overall in the championship points standings. </p> <p>"Another good weekend that probably could have been a little better," Tomac said. "But we're running so strong and consistent overall it's hard to be too upset. The team did a great job and we made the necessary adjustments as the day went along to make it better for me."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p>Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda squad, earning a podium finish in the second moto for fourth overall with 5-3 scores. "The day was good," Bogle said. "Any time you get to climb up on the stage you're pretty happy. Practice went well and we were able to make some changes to the suspension early on that made the bike better. That helped us have this really solid day, going 5-3 for fourth overall. It's not exactly what I wanted. I would have preferred getting an overall podium, but we just missed making that happen. </p> <p> 2014 AMA Horizon Award winner and GEICO Honda rider RJ Hampshire made his professional debut this past weekend at Unadilla after wrapping up two Loretta Lynn amateur titles last week with a flawless 6-0 performance. Hampshire had an action-packed day, launching his CRF250R off the line to a solid start in both motos but going down in each race to finish 13th overall with 11-16 marks. </p> <p> Fellow Muscle Milk- supported GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne returned to the series after injury to log 14th overall. Teammate Zach Bell went 17-17 for 18th overall, while Matt Bisceglia was sidelined for the day after going down hard in moto one. </p> <p> The Focus: Honda History at Unadilla</p> <p>Unadilla was a part of the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972 and is known as one of the sport's most historic venues. The track also has some of the most uniquely named obstacles in the country like the Gravity Cavity, the Wall, and the Skyshot. The first premier class (now 450) race held at Unadilla was on July 16, 1972 and since then Honda has claimed a total of six victories. In the support class (now 250), Honda Red Riders have topped the podium three times, with the last being Eli Tomac in 2013.</p> <p> <u>450 Class Winners </u><br> July 15, 2007- Kevin Windham <br> July 18, 2004- Ricky Carmichael<br> July 20, 2003- Kevin Windham<br> July 21, 2002- Ricky Carmichael<u></u><br> July 18, 1999- Mike LaRocco<u></u><br> <u>250 Class Winners</u><br> August 10, 2013- Eli Tomac<br> August 14, 2010- Trey Canard<br> July 21, 1996- Steve Lamson<br> <u>500 Class Winners </u><br> October 14, 1990- Rick Johnson <br> October 15, 1989- Jean-Michel Bayle<br> July 31, 1977- Marty Smith<br> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-1</strong><br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> 5. Justin Brayton 6-7<br> 6. Andrew Short 5-8<br> 7. Weston Peick 10-5<br> 8. Phil Nicoletti 7-9<br> 9. Brett Metcalfe 12-6<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 8-10</strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 447<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 440<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 373</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 280<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 252 </strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 247<br> 7. Weston Peick 244<br> 8. James Stewart 226 <br> <strong>9. </strong>Josh Grant 218<br> 10. Chad Reed 159</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Christopher Pourcel 1-2<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 3-1 <br> 3. Marvin Musquin 2-5 <br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-3</strong><br> 5. Blake Baggett 6-4<br> 6. Dean Wilson 4-6<strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 9-9<br> 8. Chris Alldredge 13-8<br> 9. Alex Martin 12-10<br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath 10-13</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 422<br> 2. Blake Baggett 356<br> 3. Cooper Webb 348<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 329<br> <strong>5. </strong>Christopher Pourcel 321<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 310<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 243<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 225</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 200</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 176<br> </p> Honda Racing Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/de1e143b-ce91-44a8-beb1-6679dfeabe9c http://hondanews.com/releases/de1e143b-ce91-44a8-beb1-6679dfeabe9c Canard Nails Down Second Overall at Unadilla National <p>Following a one-week hiatus, the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series returned to action this past Saturday, August 9, at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard put on quite a show, capturing his first career 450 moto win to secure second overall with 4-1 scores. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac also had an impressive showing, landing on the podium for the sixth consecutive time this season with a third. </p> <p>450 Race </p> <p>Canard started the day off strong, scoring the Oakley Bomb Award with the quickest qualifying time in practice aboard his CRF450R. In moto one, Canard got off the line to a less-than-desirable start and was 12th by the completion of the opening lap. He fought through the field, making his way into fourth on lap seven, which is where he finished. </p> <p>During the final moto of the day, Canard nabbed a second-place start and quickly set his sights on the leader. Within a couple laps it was an all-out battle for the front spot, with the two riders swapping back and forth multiple times before Canard was able to make a pass stick. Once out front, he fended off advances from the competition to earn the first 450 Class moto win of his career.</p> <p> "I can't explain how good this feels. The team and I have been working really hard, so it is nice to finally have it all pay off and get a win," Canard said after his moto two win. "The day started off great. Getting the fastest qualifying time in practice always puts you in a good position and gives you momentum heading into the day's motos. I spun off the start in moto one and by the time I made my way into fourth the leaders were so far gone. I got a much better start in the second moto and it was an intense battle from beginning to end. Once I got around Eli (Tomac) and took over the lead, I just tried not to make any mistakes because we were all within a couple seconds of each other. I am so grateful to be healthy and can't wait for the last two rounds."</p> <p> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren put in another solid performance, finishing 10th overall with 8-10 scores. Noren kicked off the day with the sixth-quickest qualifying time in practice, giving him a good gate pick heading into the opening moto. In moto one, Noren piloted his CRF450R out of the gate to a top-10 start and rode consistent throughout the 16-lap race to finish eighth. When the gate dropped for the second time, he propelled himself off the line to another good start and was running eighth before going down, ultimately loosing two positions to finish 10th.  </p> <p> "I think getting to ride on press day helped me out a lot, especially with qualifying," stated Noren. "The track conditions weren't the same but the layout was, so I didn't have to spend much time trying to learn the obstacles and could focus on trying to go fast. I was sixth overall in timed practice, which is where I want to be each week. I got good starts in both motos but went down in the second race and lost some positions. I'm still happy with a top 10 overall finish but I want to keep improving and do even better." </p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac finished third in both of the day's races to grab third-place overall. In moto one, Tomac asserted himself into third on lap two and rode a consistent race all the way to the finish.  After a great start in the second moto, he quickly moved to the forefront and led the first four laps before being passed by Canard. A mistake later in the race caused Tomac to loose another position, taking the checkered flag in third. Despite competing in only six rounds of the series, Tomac now sits fifth overall in the championship points standings. </p> <p>"Another good weekend that probably could have been a little better," Tomac said. "But we're running so strong and consistent overall it's hard to be too upset. The team did a great job and we made the necessary adjustments as the day went along to make it better for me."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p>Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda squad, earning a podium finish in the second moto for fourth overall with 5-3 scores. "The day was good," Bogle said. "Any time you get to climb up on the stage you're pretty happy. Practice went well and we were able to make some changes to the suspension early on that made the bike better. That helped us have this really solid day, going 5-3 for fourth overall. It's not exactly what I wanted. I would have preferred getting an overall podium, but we just missed making that happen. </p> <p> 2014 AMA Horizon Award winner and GEICO Honda rider RJ Hampshire made his professional debut this past weekend at Unadilla after wrapping up two Loretta Lynn amateur titles last week with a flawless 6-0 performance. Hampshire had an action-packed day, launching his CRF250R off the line to a solid start in both motos but going down in each race to finish 13th overall with 11-16 marks. </p> <p> Fellow Muscle Milk- supported GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne returned to the series after injury to log 14th overall. Teammate Zach Bell went 17-17 for 18th overall, while Matt Bisceglia was sidelined for the day after going down hard in moto one. </p> <p> The Focus: Honda History at Unadilla</p> <p>Unadilla was a part of the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972 and is known as one of the sport's most historic venues. The track also has some of the most uniquely named obstacles in the country like the Gravity Cavity, the Wall, and the Skyshot. The first premier class (now 450) race held at Unadilla was on July 16, 1972 and since then Honda has claimed a total of six victories. In the support class (now 250), Honda Red Riders have topped the podium three times, with the last being Eli Tomac in 2013.</p> <p> <u>450 Class Winners </u><br> July 15, 2007- Kevin Windham <br> July 18, 2004- Ricky Carmichael<br> July 20, 2003- Kevin Windham<br> July 21, 2002- Ricky Carmichael<u></u><br> July 18, 1999- Mike LaRocco<u></u><br> <u>250 Class Winners</u><br> August 10, 2013- Eli Tomac<br> August 14, 2010- Trey Canard<br> July 21, 1996- Steve Lamson<br> <u>500 Class Winners </u><br> October 14, 1990- Rick Johnson <br> October 15, 1989- Jean-Michel Bayle<br> July 31, 1977- Marty Smith<br> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-1</strong><br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> 5. Justin Brayton 6-7<br> 6. Andrew Short 5-8<br> 7. Weston Peick 10-5<br> 8. Phil Nicoletti 7-9<br> 9. Brett Metcalfe 12-6<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 8-10</strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 447<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 440<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 373</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 280<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 252 </strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 247<br> 7. Weston Peick 244<br> 8. James Stewart 226 <br> <strong>9. </strong>Josh Grant 218<br> 10. Chad Reed 159</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Christopher Pourcel 1-2<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 3-1 <br> 3. Marvin Musquin 2-5 <br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-3</strong><br> 5. Blake Baggett 6-4<br> 6. Dean Wilson 4-6<strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 9-9<br> 8. Chris Alldredge 13-8<br> 9. Alex Martin 12-10<br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath 10-13</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 422<br> 2. Blake Baggett 356<br> 3. Cooper Webb 348<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 329<br> <strong>5. </strong>Christopher Pourcel 321<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 310<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 243<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 225</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 200</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 176<br> </p>