Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:44:56 -0700 Honda Racing: David Dupont <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/545c/04b5/545c04b5-20e6-4561-a253-833b1217f19e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> David Dupont Honda Racing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/david-dupont http://hondanews.com/photos/david-dupont David Dupont <img src="http://hondanews.com/photos/545c/04b5/545c04b5-20e6-4561-a253-833b1217f19e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> David Dupont Honda Racing: David Dupont Appointed International Sportscar Sales Manager For Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research <ul> <li><strong><em>New role to promote LMP2 sales for HPD chassis, Honda engines </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Joint appointment by HPD and Wirth Research</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development together with Wirth Research today announced the joint appointment of David Dupont to the position of International Sportscar Sales Manager across the two businesses.</p> <p>The new position reinforces the companies' commitment to the global endurance racing market, highlighted by the new HPD ARX-04b coupe which is set to debut in 2015.</p> <p>Dupont joined Bicester-based Wirth Research in November 2012, bringing with him a wealth of motorsport business development experience. His previous roles include Sales Director at Performance Friction, Business Development Director at Hewland Engineering and Aftersales Project Manager at Prodrive, where he worked for 20 years.</p> <p>"We're delighted to welcome David in this joint initiative, which further strengthens our customer support infrastructure," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. The design and technology under development will be applied to our stunning new sports car being brought to the market and David is now in the enviable position of presenting this creation to endurance teams around the world. I look forward to seeing our cutting-edge designs racing to victory."</p> <p>Nick Wirth President of Wirth Research, said: "David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from a career which has encompassed the motorsport spectrum to this exciting new project that will see our car designs competing from 2015 onwards in all the major sports car championships around the globe. ."</p> <p>"The combining of this new appointment and my existing role as Head of Business Development at Wirth Research reflects the strength and importance of the close technical collaboration between HPD and Wirth internationally," Dupont said. "This is an exciting new chapter for the companies, which already boast countless joint wins and numerous international championships. I'm looking forward to building on these successes to ensure our continued leadership in this market sector."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012).  </p> <p>In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.  HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.    </p> <p>###</p> Honda Racing Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/6692857a-c2ff-4285-9490-532b9a4f2ffe http://hondanews.com/releases/6692857a-c2ff-4285-9490-532b9a4f2ffe David Dupont Appointed International Sportscar Sales Manager For Honda Performance Development and Wirth Research <ul> <li><strong><em>New role to promote LMP2 sales for HPD chassis, Honda engines </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Joint appointment by HPD and Wirth Research</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development together with Wirth Research today announced the joint appointment of David Dupont to the position of International Sportscar Sales Manager across the two businesses.</p> <p>The new position reinforces the companies' commitment to the global endurance racing market, highlighted by the new HPD ARX-04b coupe which is set to debut in 2015.</p> <p>Dupont joined Bicester-based Wirth Research in November 2012, bringing with him a wealth of motorsport business development experience. His previous roles include Sales Director at Performance Friction, Business Development Director at Hewland Engineering and Aftersales Project Manager at Prodrive, where he worked for 20 years.</p> <p>"We're delighted to welcome David in this joint initiative, which further strengthens our customer support infrastructure," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. The design and technology under development will be applied to our stunning new sports car being brought to the market and David is now in the enviable position of presenting this creation to endurance teams around the world. I look forward to seeing our cutting-edge designs racing to victory."</p> <p>Nick Wirth President of Wirth Research, said: "David brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from a career which has encompassed the motorsport spectrum to this exciting new project that will see our car designs competing from 2015 onwards in all the major sports car championships around the globe. ."</p> <p>"The combining of this new appointment and my existing role as Head of Business Development at Wirth Research reflects the strength and importance of the close technical collaboration between HPD and Wirth internationally," Dupont said. "This is an exciting new chapter for the companies, which already boast countless joint wins and numerous international championships. I'm looking forward to building on these successes to ensure our continued leadership in this market sector."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012).  </p> <p>In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.  HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.    </p> <p>###</p> Honda Racing: Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing Honda), 83.763 mph race average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 65 degrees F</p> <table border="0"> <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>17.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Mike Conway</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>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>82.362 mph avg.; led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>14.</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>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+0.9005 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  3.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>11.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>16.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</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>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Oriol Servia</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>22.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastian Saavedra</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVAFS Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em><em></em></p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</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>79</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>  5.</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>77</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</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>64</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  4.</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  1.</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  2.</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – carsh </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Munoz Claims Podium Finish at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers dominate first half of race</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multi-car crash eliminates lead trio of Newgarden, Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud recovers from contact to finish fifth</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A dominating Verizon IndyCar Series performance by Honda during the first half of Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach came to naught, as no fewer than a half-dozen Honda-powered potential winners saw their races either ended early or significantly delayed by contact on the concrete-lined Southern California street circuit.</p> <p>Despite the high attrition, star rookie Carlos Munoz claimed his first Indy car podium of 2014 for Honda and Andretti Autosport with a well-judged run to third, while Simon Pagenaud finished fifth, despite a Lap 30 incident that saw the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports driver knocked off course, resuming at the rear of the field.   </p> <p>Starting from the pole – after Honda drivers claimed five of the top six starting positions in qualifying – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the first 26 laps, until his first scheduled pit stop.  After out-of-sequence drivers cycled through their second round of stops, Hunter-Reay returned to the lead until the second round of stops took place just after the 50-lap mark.</p> <p>The exchange of second-round stops saw Josef Newgarden – who had spent much of the first half of the race running a very competitive third for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing – emerge from pit lane with a narrow lead over Hunter-Reay at the start of Lap 56.</p> <p>After closely following Newgarden for several corners, Hunter-Reay attempted a pass, only to see the two Honda-powered Dallaras make contact, sending both into the wall and out of the race.  In addition to the leaders, third-place James Hinchcliffe's Andretti Autosport Honda and the Hondas of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato were also collected in the incident.  </p> <p>Only Hawksworth was able to resume, after a long pit stop for repairs to his Bryan Herta Autosport Honda.  He finished three laps down, in 15th, after running solidly in the top six prior to the incident.  </p> <p>Before the multi-car Lap 56 crash, a tap from Will Power sent Pagenaud's Honda into the Turn 9 tire wall, while another Honda front-runner, Justin Wilson, was tapped into a spin in the Turn 11 hairpin after contact from Graham Rahal.  Pagenaud recovered, posting some of the fastest laps of the race to finish fifth.  But Wilson's attempt at a similar move through the field ended after a second incident of contact – this time with Scott Dixon – sent Wilson's Dale Coyne Racing Honda into the wall and out of the race.</p> <p>Pagenaud's IndyCar rookie teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, finished sixth, followed by veterans Oriol Servia and Marco Andretti as, despite the crashes, Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Teen Cancer America, rock and roll legend Roger Daltrey paired up with a racing legend – Mario Andretti – to lead the field in the two-seat Honda Indy car just prior to the start of Sunday's race. Daltrey and &ldquo;The Who" bandmate Pete Townshend are the founders of Teen Cancer America, intended to ensure that teenagers and young adults with cancer get access to special facilities and treatments designed for them, in every cancer hospital in the U.S.</p> <p>Honda-powered drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson, along with fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon, have ambassadorial roles with TCA and met with Daltrey on Sunday.  Interested fans can find more information on Honda's &ldquo;Fastest Seat in Sports" two-seat Indy car program by going to www.shophonda.com.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at Long Beach, featuring both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, are being posted on a newly created &ldquo;Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.  CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads east to the scenic Barber Motorsports Park for the April 27 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, to be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 2 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>93 points (1 win)</td> <td>6. Scott Dixon</td> <td>51</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Mike Conway</td> <td>66 (1 win)</td> <td><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R</strong>)</td> <td><strong>48</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>60</strong></td> <td>8. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>47</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>55</td> <td><strong>9. Mikhail Aleshin</strong></td> <td><strong>46</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>5. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>54</strong></td> <td>10. Sebastian Saavedra</td> <td>42</td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>245 (2 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>142</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Carlos Munoz </strong>(#34 Cinsay Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 11th, finished 3rd:  </strong>"It's not the way I'd like to earn my third place, with so many accidents, but this is racing.  Anything can happen, especially at this track.  But I'm really happy, it was a nice race.  I pushed hard on the last two laps trying to overtake Will [Power], but it was really difficult, even though I had some &lsquo;push-to-pass' remaining.  But I'm happy, so I'm going to keep pushing."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara) <strong>started 6th, finished 5th:  </strong>&ldquo;Our day was ruined by Will Power, and it's unfortunate because it was dirty driving on his part.  We'll move on, and I'm satisfied with fifth considering the spin and everything else we had to deal with today. We're off to a great start in the championship but the next time we have a car this good we're going to win. I'm very proud of our team for giving me a car to race with the fastest cars out there. We're showing that we're becoming one of the strongest teams in the series and that we can run up front every race weekend."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race:  </strong>"I do believe it was obvious to everyone that the Honda engine was extremely competitive here at Long Beach.  Dominating qualifying, with five of the top six positions on the starting grid, was a good early indication of our performance.  And halfway through today's race, we were running 1-2-3 and held down eight of the top 12 positions.  Unfortunately, that's when the wheels came off the wagon.  Certainly, the multi-car accident that eliminated several of our top-running cars – including the top three – was a big blow, as were several other incidents that eliminated or delayed some of our best-placed entries.  But we're confident in our performance, and that of our teams, and we remain optimistic for the next race at Barber Motorsports Park and the rest of the 2014 season."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709</a></p> Honda Racing Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:27:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3454b644-7cc4-4e8a-bb9d-88918745a3d4 http://hondanews.com/releases/3454b644-7cc4-4e8a-bb9d-88918745a3d4 Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing Honda), 83.763 mph race average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 65 degrees F</p> <table border="0"> <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>17.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Mike Conway</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>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>82.362 mph avg.; led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>14.</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>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+0.9005 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  3.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>11.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>16.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</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>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Oriol Servia</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  8.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>22.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastian Saavedra</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVAFS Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>80</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</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>80</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em><em></em></p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</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>79</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>  5.</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>77</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</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>64</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  4.</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  1.</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>  2.</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15</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>55</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – carsh </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Munoz Claims Podium Finish at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers dominate first half of race</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multi-car crash eliminates lead trio of Newgarden, Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud recovers from contact to finish fifth</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A dominating Verizon IndyCar Series performance by Honda during the first half of Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach came to naught, as no fewer than a half-dozen Honda-powered potential winners saw their races either ended early or significantly delayed by contact on the concrete-lined Southern California street circuit.</p> <p>Despite the high attrition, star rookie Carlos Munoz claimed his first Indy car podium of 2014 for Honda and Andretti Autosport with a well-judged run to third, while Simon Pagenaud finished fifth, despite a Lap 30 incident that saw the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports driver knocked off course, resuming at the rear of the field.   </p> <p>Starting from the pole – after Honda drivers claimed five of the top six starting positions in qualifying – Ryan Hunter-Reay led the first 26 laps, until his first scheduled pit stop.  After out-of-sequence drivers cycled through their second round of stops, Hunter-Reay returned to the lead until the second round of stops took place just after the 50-lap mark.</p> <p>The exchange of second-round stops saw Josef Newgarden – who had spent much of the first half of the race running a very competitive third for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing – emerge from pit lane with a narrow lead over Hunter-Reay at the start of Lap 56.</p> <p>After closely following Newgarden for several corners, Hunter-Reay attempted a pass, only to see the two Honda-powered Dallaras make contact, sending both into the wall and out of the race.  In addition to the leaders, third-place James Hinchcliffe's Andretti Autosport Honda and the Hondas of Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato were also collected in the incident.  </p> <p>Only Hawksworth was able to resume, after a long pit stop for repairs to his Bryan Herta Autosport Honda.  He finished three laps down, in 15th, after running solidly in the top six prior to the incident.  </p> <p>Before the multi-car Lap 56 crash, a tap from Will Power sent Pagenaud's Honda into the Turn 9 tire wall, while another Honda front-runner, Justin Wilson, was tapped into a spin in the Turn 11 hairpin after contact from Graham Rahal.  Pagenaud recovered, posting some of the fastest laps of the race to finish fifth.  But Wilson's attempt at a similar move through the field ended after a second incident of contact – this time with Scott Dixon – sent Wilson's Dale Coyne Racing Honda into the wall and out of the race.</p> <p>Pagenaud's IndyCar rookie teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, finished sixth, followed by veterans Oriol Servia and Marco Andretti as, despite the crashes, Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top eight finishing positions.</p> <p>In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Teen Cancer America, rock and roll legend Roger Daltrey paired up with a racing legend – Mario Andretti – to lead the field in the two-seat Honda Indy car just prior to the start of Sunday's race. Daltrey and &ldquo;The Who" bandmate Pete Townshend are the founders of Teen Cancer America, intended to ensure that teenagers and young adults with cancer get access to special facilities and treatments designed for them, in every cancer hospital in the U.S.</p> <p>Honda-powered drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Justin Wilson, along with fellow Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon, have ambassadorial roles with TCA and met with Daltrey on Sunday.  Interested fans can find more information on Honda's &ldquo;Fastest Seat in Sports" two-seat Indy car program by going to www.shophonda.com.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at Long Beach, featuring both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, are being posted on a newly created &ldquo;Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.  CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads east to the scenic Barber Motorsports Park for the April 27 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, to be televised live on the NBC Sports Network.</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 2 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>93 points (1 win)</td> <td>6. Scott Dixon</td> <td>51</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Mike Conway</td> <td>66 (1 win)</td> <td><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R</strong>)</td> <td><strong>48</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>60</strong></td> <td>8. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>47</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>55</td> <td><strong>9. Mikhail Aleshin</strong></td> <td><strong>46</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>5. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>54</strong></td> <td>10. Sebastian Saavedra</td> <td>42</td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>245 (2 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>142</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Carlos Munoz </strong>(#34 Cinsay Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 11th, finished 3rd:  </strong>"It's not the way I'd like to earn my third place, with so many accidents, but this is racing.  Anything can happen, especially at this track.  But I'm really happy, it was a nice race.  I pushed hard on the last two laps trying to overtake Will [Power], but it was really difficult, even though I had some &lsquo;push-to-pass' remaining.  But I'm happy, so I'm going to keep pushing."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara) <strong>started 6th, finished 5th:  </strong>&ldquo;Our day was ruined by Will Power, and it's unfortunate because it was dirty driving on his part.  We'll move on, and I'm satisfied with fifth considering the spin and everything else we had to deal with today. We're off to a great start in the championship but the next time we have a car this good we're going to win. I'm very proud of our team for giving me a car to race with the fastest cars out there. We're showing that we're becoming one of the strongest teams in the series and that we can run up front every race weekend."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race:  </strong>"I do believe it was obvious to everyone that the Honda engine was extremely competitive here at Long Beach.  Dominating qualifying, with five of the top six positions on the starting grid, was a good early indication of our performance.  And halfway through today's race, we were running 1-2-3 and held down eight of the top 12 positions.  Unfortunately, that's when the wheels came off the wagon.  Certainly, the multi-car accident that eliminated several of our top-running cars – including the top three – was a big blow, as were several other incidents that eliminated or delayed some of our best-placed entries.  But we're confident in our performance, and that of our teams, and we remain optimistic for the next race at Barber Motorsports Park and the rest of the 2014 season."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709</a></p> Honda Racing: Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 winners:</strong> Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr (Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a Honda)<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F </p> <p><strong>Top 10 Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ps.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>77 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Wayne Taylor Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Dallara Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+0.759 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Action Express Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+4.251 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Pla/Gustavo Yacaman</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>OAK Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Morgan Nissan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+29.247 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>5. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/ Richard Westbrook</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+1.19.445</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>John Edwards/Dirk Muller</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Team RLL</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Z4 GTE</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Disappointing Finish for HPD and Extreme Speed Motorsports at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Fuel mileage strategy falls short</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp run fourth until fuel issue intervenes</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Seventh-place run for Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The Honda-powered HPD ARX-03b of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp challenged for a podium finish in Saturday's Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, but the lack of a single full-course caution during the second half of the 100-minute timed event spoiled the strategy for the Extreme Speed Motorsports effort, forcing Dalziel to slow drastically during the final laps and dropping him to an unrepresentative sixth-place finish.</p> <p>The third round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and first temporary street circuit event of 2014, saw the Dalziel/Sharp HPD – along with teammates Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek in a second HPD machine – seeking a second consecutive Long Beach victory, and a fifth overall win in the last six years of sports car competition for Honda.</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>Starting eighth after a transmission issue in qualifying, Sharp quickly moved the #1 HPD up to fifth, then handed off to Dalziel at the team's single scheduled pit stop, just prior to the halfway point of the race. Dalziel immediately improved to fourth overall and continued to gain ground on the leaders, until it became apparent the race would run caution-free. Dalziel was forced to reduce his pace, and slowed even further on the final lap, dropping him to a disappointing sixth-place result.</p> <p>Extreme Speed's second LMP2-style prototype, the #2 HPD ARX-03b Honda, was started from seventh by Brown and sustained minor body damage in early-race contact with a GTLM-class entrant. Dropping to 15th after the contact. He recovered several positions before handing the HPD over to van Overbeek at the mid-race pit stop. Van Overbeek finished his run without any major issues to finish seventh, just behind teammate Dalziel.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring both Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship run and Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race, are being posted on a new, specially created "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.</p> <p>Headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin, CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship resumes next month, moving up the California coast to Laguna Seca Raceway for the May 4 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller</strong> (Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"Unfortunately, we didn't quite have the pace we needed this weekend [to contend for the victory]. We struggled for grip in the race, and that led to a decision to attempt to stretch the fuel mileage with the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry. But, without a yellow [caution flag], it then became necessary to lean out the mixture to ensure a finish, and Ryan [Dalziel] quickly went from gaining ground on the leaders, to losing positions in the final laps."</p> <p><strong>Ryan Dalziel</strong> (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-02b Honda) <strong>finished 6th: </strong>"I think we got the most out of the cars, but it has been a difficult weekend. The team did a great job of maximizing what we had. Unfortunately, we were just a little bit behind the top three or four cars. We gambled a little bit on fuel strategy. We were hoping for a yellow right after we pitted as that would have put us in the lead [as the rest of the field would pit]. That's what happened to us at [the 12 Hours of] Sebring [when the eventual race winner pitted just before a full-course caution], so we tried to use it to gain an advantage today. But it wasn't our day. We threw the dice and it didn't work out."</p> Honda Racing Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:36:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ee68d440-6909-4f27-9f7b-98d65273d94d http://hondanews.com/releases/ee68d440-6909-4f27-9f7b-98d65273d94d Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.968-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 winners:</strong> Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr (Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a Honda)<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 77 degrees F </p> <p><strong>Top 10 Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ps.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>77 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Wayne Taylor Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Dallara Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+0.759 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Action Express Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+4.251 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>4. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Pla/Gustavo Yacaman</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>OAK Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Morgan Nissan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+29.247 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>5. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/ Richard Westbrook</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+1.19.445</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7. </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Extreme Speed Motorsports</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>HPD ARX-03b Honda</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>76 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>John Edwards/Dirk Muller</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Team RLL</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>BMW Z4 GTE</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10. </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Corvette Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Corvette</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>75 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Disappointing Finish for HPD and Extreme Speed Motorsports at Long Beach</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Fuel mileage strategy falls short</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Ryan Dalziel, Scott Sharp run fourth until fuel issue intervenes</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Seventh-place run for Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The Honda-powered HPD ARX-03b of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp challenged for a podium finish in Saturday's Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, but the lack of a single full-course caution during the second half of the 100-minute timed event spoiled the strategy for the Extreme Speed Motorsports effort, forcing Dalziel to slow drastically during the final laps and dropping him to an unrepresentative sixth-place finish.</p> <p>The third round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and first temporary street circuit event of 2014, saw the Dalziel/Sharp HPD – along with teammates Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek in a second HPD machine – seeking a second consecutive Long Beach victory, and a fifth overall win in the last six years of sports car competition for Honda.</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>Starting eighth after a transmission issue in qualifying, Sharp quickly moved the #1 HPD up to fifth, then handed off to Dalziel at the team's single scheduled pit stop, just prior to the halfway point of the race. Dalziel immediately improved to fourth overall and continued to gain ground on the leaders, until it became apparent the race would run caution-free. Dalziel was forced to reduce his pace, and slowed even further on the final lap, dropping him to a disappointing sixth-place result.</p> <p>Extreme Speed's second LMP2-style prototype, the #2 HPD ARX-03b Honda, was started from seventh by Brown and sustained minor body damage in early-race contact with a GTLM-class entrant. Dropping to 15th after the contact. He recovered several positions before handing the HPD over to van Overbeek at the mid-race pit stop. Van Overbeek finished his run without any major issues to finish seventh, just behind teammate Dalziel.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, featuring both Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship run and Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race, are being posted on a new, specially created "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolina Productions Group.</p> <p>Headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin, CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship resumes next month, moving up the California coast to Laguna Seca Raceway for the May 4 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.</p> <p><strong>Allen Miller</strong> (Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"Unfortunately, we didn't quite have the pace we needed this weekend [to contend for the victory]. We struggled for grip in the race, and that led to a decision to attempt to stretch the fuel mileage with the #1 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry. But, without a yellow [caution flag], it then became necessary to lean out the mixture to ensure a finish, and Ryan [Dalziel] quickly went from gaining ground on the leaders, to losing positions in the final laps."</p> <p><strong>Ryan Dalziel</strong> (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-02b Honda) <strong>finished 6th: </strong>"I think we got the most out of the cars, but it has been a difficult weekend. The team did a great job of maximizing what we had. Unfortunately, we were just a little bit behind the top three or four cars. We gambled a little bit on fuel strategy. We were hoping for a yellow right after we pitted as that would have put us in the lead [as the rest of the field would pit]. That's what happened to us at [the 12 Hours of] Sebring [when the eventual race winner pitted just before a full-course caution], so we tried to use it to gain an advantage today. But it wasn't our day. We threw the dice and it didn't work out."</p> Honda Racing: Gil de Ferran Expands Role with Honda Performance Development <ul> <li><strong><em>Will now be involved in multiple HPD racing programs </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Technical role expands to include all operational aspects at HPD</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Champion racer associated with HPD since 1996 </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Performance Development today announced that Gil de Ferran, a two-time IndyCar Series champion and winner of the 2003 Indianapolis 500, has expanded his ongoing role as a consultant to HPD into a number of new areas, ranging from improving operations, team and driver relationships to assisting with the company's motorsports strategic and business planning.</p> <p> Associated with HPD and the Honda Racing program since 1996, de Ferran won his first Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Indy car race for Honda at the 1996 Cleveland Grand Prix. He went on to score another six wins and 16 poles with Honda power, and claimed the 2000 and 2001 CART IndyCar World Series drivers' championships.</p> <p> In qualifying for the 2000 CART season finale at California Speedway, de Ferran set a world closed-course speed record of 241.426 mph, a record that still stands as the fastest ever recorded at an official race meeting.</p> <p> De Ferran won the 2003 Indianapolis 500, then retired from open-wheel competition at the end of that season. But he returned to racing, with HPD, in 2008 as owner/driver of an Acura ARX-01b sports car in American Le Mans Series competition, More race victories followed in 2009, while co-driving driving the new LMP1 category Acura ARX-02a with Simon Pagenaud.</p> <p> In addition to his success as a driver and team owner, de Ferran also served as Sporting Director for the Honda Formula One team from 2005-07.</p> <p>"To me Honda is synonymous to racing, its legacy of commitment and pursuit of excellence is legendary. For me to be able to again be involved with a company like this in a major way is hugely exciting and a great honor," said de Ferran. "Honda and HPD have been a common thread in my racing career since we first worked to develop their Indy car engines in 1996. You could say that "Honda blood runs in my veins.' Now, after two years of very targeted work as a technical consultant in specific areas, I am looking forward to taking on this more expanded role, and to having a positive impact on this company, which is very close to my heart."</p> <p> As in the past, de Ferran will continue to play a key role in HPD's technical development of various HPD programs, in addition to his new responsibilities.</p> <p> "We're thrilled to have Gil expand his role within the HPD organization," said Art St. Cyr, HPD president. "Gil has played an important role in the Honda Racing effort in everything from winning championships in CART to our ARX sports car program, to his role as Honda Formula One sporting director. His skills and expertise are almost impossible to duplicate, and we look forward to his continuing contributions to HPD's racing programs."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 205 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). </p> <p>In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. </p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> Honda Racing Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/4988c739-2499-461e-928e-3bc8ccdb9f7f http://hondanews.com/releases/4988c739-2499-461e-928e-3bc8ccdb9f7f Gil de Ferran Expands Role with Honda Performance Development <ul> <li><strong><em>Will now be involved in multiple HPD racing programs </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Technical role expands to include all operational aspects at HPD</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Champion racer associated with HPD since 1996 </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Performance Development today announced that Gil de Ferran, a two-time IndyCar Series champion and winner of the 2003 Indianapolis 500, has expanded his ongoing role as a consultant to HPD into a number of new areas, ranging from improving operations, team and driver relationships to assisting with the company's motorsports strategic and business planning.</p> <p> Associated with HPD and the Honda Racing program since 1996, de Ferran won his first Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Indy car race for Honda at the 1996 Cleveland Grand Prix. He went on to score another six wins and 16 poles with Honda power, and claimed the 2000 and 2001 CART IndyCar World Series drivers' championships.</p> <p> In qualifying for the 2000 CART season finale at California Speedway, de Ferran set a world closed-course speed record of 241.426 mph, a record that still stands as the fastest ever recorded at an official race meeting.</p> <p> De Ferran won the 2003 Indianapolis 500, then retired from open-wheel competition at the end of that season. But he returned to racing, with HPD, in 2008 as owner/driver of an Acura ARX-01b sports car in American Le Mans Series competition, More race victories followed in 2009, while co-driving driving the new LMP1 category Acura ARX-02a with Simon Pagenaud.</p> <p> In addition to his success as a driver and team owner, de Ferran also served as Sporting Director for the Honda Formula One team from 2005-07.</p> <p>"To me Honda is synonymous to racing, its legacy of commitment and pursuit of excellence is legendary. For me to be able to again be involved with a company like this in a major way is hugely exciting and a great honor," said de Ferran. "Honda and HPD have been a common thread in my racing career since we first worked to develop their Indy car engines in 1996. You could say that "Honda blood runs in my veins.' Now, after two years of very targeted work as a technical consultant in specific areas, I am looking forward to taking on this more expanded role, and to having a positive impact on this company, which is very close to my heart."</p> <p> As in the past, de Ferran will continue to play a key role in HPD's technical development of various HPD programs, in addition to his new responsibilities.</p> <p> "We're thrilled to have Gil expand his role within the HPD organization," said Art St. Cyr, HPD president. "Gil has played an important role in the Honda Racing effort in everything from winning championships in CART to our ARX sports car program, to his role as Honda Formula One sporting director. His skills and expertise are almost impossible to duplicate, and we look forward to his continuing contributions to HPD's racing programs."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 205 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). </p> <p>In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. </p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p>###</p> Honda Racing: Gil de Ferran <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6f53/f2de/6f53f2de-575a-4851-9037-71b6e29b6cf2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Gil de Ferran Honda Racing Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/gil-de-ferran-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/gil-de-ferran-1 Gil de Ferran <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6f53/f2de/6f53f2de-575a-4851-9037-71b6e29b6cf2-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Gil de Ferran Honda Racing: The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3f6b/de81/3f6bde81-de14-40e8-a44f-5e2c68f1ab22-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Honda Racing Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:22:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015-1 The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3f6b/de81/3f6bde81-de14-40e8-a44f-5e2c68f1ab22-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Honda Racing: The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7e33/9f36/7e339f36-3e79-44e3-a382-47432763d86e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Honda Racing Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:21:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hpd-arx-04b-will-debut-in-2015 The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7e33/9f36/7e339f36-3e79-44e3-a382-47432763d86e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HPD ARX-04b will debut in 2015 Honda Racing: Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe unveiled <ul> <li><strong><em> First closed-top prototype from HPD</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Eligible for IMSA, WEC, ELMS and Asian Le Mans Series competition</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>New LMP2 design to debut in 2015</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development will offer customer teams around the world the very latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports car technology next year, with the unveiling of its new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.</p> <p>The new design is a result of the continuing teamwork between California-based HPD and England's Wirth Research.  This technical pairing has already proved to be a winning combination, with success in INDYCAR, the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including LMP2 and LMP1 Privateer class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>The ARX-04b sports car is fully compliant with the new ACO LMP2 regulations, and exceeds the latest safety standards of the new enclosed-cockpit configuration. The proven 2.8-liter twin-turbo, direct injection, production-based Honda HR28TT V6 powerplant now includes a regulation compliant drive-by-wire throttle system and fresh air valve system, eliminating turbo lag and providing improved reliability and performance.</p> <p>"We are very excited for our new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to see the light of day, combining all of our successes in international sportscar racing with the very latest regulations for closed-cockpit prototypes," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. "Our production-based Honda HR28TT engine has powered all of our LMP2 sportscars since the ACO regulations set the new cost-capped direction in 2011, and since its introduction the 2.8-litre twin-turbo V6 powerplant has achieved some truly great successes around the world – including multiple engine manufacturer championships, victory at the Sebring 12 Hours and the 24 Hour of Le Mans, as well as powering the first LMP2 FIA World Endurance Champion. We are confident that our latest iteration of the HR28TT engine and its associated systems will satisfy even the most discriminating drivers and power the new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to even greater successes around the world."</p> <p>Additional features of the ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Energy-efficient technology with low drag and high fuel efficiency.</li> <li>A cost-capped chassis, fully compliant with ACO and IMSA regulations and designed to compete and win the toughest endurance races in the world.</li> <li>"Quick Change" front and rear bodywork.</li> <li>Innovative Honda refueling safety interlock system designed to reduce the potential for pit fires resulting from leaving the pit box with fuel hoses inserted (applied to all IndyCars since 2011)</li> <li>Engine installation includes a proven turbo mounting system and top exit exhaust, meeting all ACO and IMSA noise regulations.</li> <li>Gearbox changes which can be made to cover the complete range of circuits.</li> <li>A 75-litre total capacity fuel cell, and lightweight, durable bodywork.</li> </ul> <p>The ARX-04b will continue the HR28TT powerplant, developed by HPD from the production Honda "J35" series of V6 engines currently found in the Acura MDX and RLX in North America, in addition to the upcoming 2015 Acura TLX.  The racing engine continues to use more than 400 production engine parts, including the engine block and heads, crankshaft, direct-injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire hardware and even the stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>As part of their after-sales support services, HPD and Wirth will provide teams with technical assistance and bulletins, as well as additional options available for purchase. Additional bespoke options include driver-in-the-loop simulator sessions, data-logging, race and performance engineering, and MuRiTyre and Apotheca software.</p> <p>"Wirth Research is proud of its history of consistently creating championship-winning prototype sports cars with and on behalf of Honda Performance Development (HPD).  Using our pioneering CFD design techniques, we have created the all-new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe," said Wirth Research President Nick Wirth. "Not only is it a stunning-looking race car, we are confident that our revolutionary all-digital design approach will ensure that HPD's 2015 LMP2 Coupe customers will benefit from fielding the most aero-efficient, balanced and competitive LMP2 car on the 2015 grid."</p> <p> Wirth Research has been at the forefront of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in high-level motorsports for almost a decade, and has played an indispensable role in the overwhelming success of ARX sports cars.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company, to spearhead the company's entry into IndyCar racing.  No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCars, which includes 205 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and since 2010 has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 private team class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Wirth Research</strong><br> Wirth Research is a fast growing innovative engineering company specializing in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors. Founded in 2003, the business pioneers the use of advanced in-house virtual engineering technologies, which enable the use of a complete simulated vehicle design, development and testing process reducing the need for wasteful manufacture of development models and prototypes. These include flow simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services and a driver-in-the-loop simulator.</p> <p>Wirth Research has a long-term partnership with HPD on the design, development and manufacture of the multiple championship-winning ARX sports car program. For more information about Wirth Research, please visit: <a href="http://www.wirthresearch.com/" target="_blank">www.wirthresearch.com </a></p> <p><strong><em>For photographs of the HPD ARX-04b, go to:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710</a></p> <p># # #</p> Honda Racing Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:20:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/58e3f19f-829c-4061-837a-0230775edb49 http://hondanews.com/releases/58e3f19f-829c-4061-837a-0230775edb49 Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe unveiled <ul> <li><strong><em> First closed-top prototype from HPD</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Eligible for IMSA, WEC, ELMS and Asian Le Mans Series competition</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>New LMP2 design to debut in 2015</em></strong></li> </ul> <p> Honda Performance Development will offer customer teams around the world the very latest in LMP2 closed-cockpit sports car technology next year, with the unveiling of its new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.</p> <p>The new design is a result of the continuing teamwork between California-based HPD and England's Wirth Research.  This technical pairing has already proved to be a winning combination, with success in INDYCAR, the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, including LMP2 and LMP1 Privateer class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>The ARX-04b sports car is fully compliant with the new ACO LMP2 regulations, and exceeds the latest safety standards of the new enclosed-cockpit configuration. The proven 2.8-liter twin-turbo, direct injection, production-based Honda HR28TT V6 powerplant now includes a regulation compliant drive-by-wire throttle system and fresh air valve system, eliminating turbo lag and providing improved reliability and performance.</p> <p>"We are very excited for our new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to see the light of day, combining all of our successes in international sportscar racing with the very latest regulations for closed-cockpit prototypes," said Steve Eriksen, HPD vice president and COO. "Our production-based Honda HR28TT engine has powered all of our LMP2 sportscars since the ACO regulations set the new cost-capped direction in 2011, and since its introduction the 2.8-litre twin-turbo V6 powerplant has achieved some truly great successes around the world – including multiple engine manufacturer championships, victory at the Sebring 12 Hours and the 24 Hour of Le Mans, as well as powering the first LMP2 FIA World Endurance Champion. We are confident that our latest iteration of the HR28TT engine and its associated systems will satisfy even the most discriminating drivers and power the new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe to even greater successes around the world."</p> <p>Additional features of the ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Energy-efficient technology with low drag and high fuel efficiency.</li> <li>A cost-capped chassis, fully compliant with ACO and IMSA regulations and designed to compete and win the toughest endurance races in the world.</li> <li>"Quick Change" front and rear bodywork.</li> <li>Innovative Honda refueling safety interlock system designed to reduce the potential for pit fires resulting from leaving the pit box with fuel hoses inserted (applied to all IndyCars since 2011)</li> <li>Engine installation includes a proven turbo mounting system and top exit exhaust, meeting all ACO and IMSA noise regulations.</li> <li>Gearbox changes which can be made to cover the complete range of circuits.</li> <li>A 75-litre total capacity fuel cell, and lightweight, durable bodywork.</li> </ul> <p>The ARX-04b will continue the HR28TT powerplant, developed by HPD from the production Honda "J35" series of V6 engines currently found in the Acura MDX and RLX in North America, in addition to the upcoming 2015 Acura TLX.  The racing engine continues to use more than 400 production engine parts, including the engine block and heads, crankshaft, direct-injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire hardware and even the stock Honda oil filter.</p> <p>As part of their after-sales support services, HPD and Wirth will provide teams with technical assistance and bulletins, as well as additional options available for purchase. Additional bespoke options include driver-in-the-loop simulator sessions, data-logging, race and performance engineering, and MuRiTyre and Apotheca software.</p> <p>"Wirth Research is proud of its history of consistently creating championship-winning prototype sports cars with and on behalf of Honda Performance Development (HPD).  Using our pioneering CFD design techniques, we have created the all-new HPD ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe," said Wirth Research President Nick Wirth. "Not only is it a stunning-looking race car, we are confident that our revolutionary all-digital design approach will ensure that HPD's 2015 LMP2 Coupe customers will benefit from fielding the most aero-efficient, balanced and competitive LMP2 car on the 2015 grid."</p> <p> Wirth Research has been at the forefront of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in high-level motorsports for almost a decade, and has played an indispensable role in the overwhelming success of ARX sports cars.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong><br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company, to spearhead the company's entry into IndyCar racing.  No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCars, which includes 205 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and since 2010 has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 private team class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Wirth Research</strong><br> Wirth Research is a fast growing innovative engineering company specializing in research, development, design and manufacture for the motor racing industry and other high technology sectors. Founded in 2003, the business pioneers the use of advanced in-house virtual engineering technologies, which enable the use of a complete simulated vehicle design, development and testing process reducing the need for wasteful manufacture of development models and prototypes. These include flow simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) services and a driver-in-the-loop simulator.</p> <p>Wirth Research has a long-term partnership with HPD on the design, development and manufacture of the multiple championship-winning ARX sports car program. For more information about Wirth Research, please visit: <a href="http://www.wirthresearch.com/" target="_blank">www.wirthresearch.com </a></p> <p><strong><em>For photographs of the HPD ARX-04b, go to:</em></strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101710</a></p> <p># # #</p> Honda Racing: 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7bf2/19a9/7bf219a9-bece-4a2d-9e33-443e03e5944a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg Honda Racing Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:07:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-st-petersburg-14 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-st-petersburg-14 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/7bf2/19a9/7bf219a9-bece-4a2d-9e33-443e03e5944a-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg Honda Racing: 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg <img 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<br/> 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg Honda Racing Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:59:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-st-petersburg http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-st-petersburg 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6a54/5156/6a545156-af8e-4d0a-bbcb-39df766da92f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar St. Petersburg Honda Racing: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit), St. Petersburg, Fla.<br> <strong>2012 Winner:</strong> James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport), 83.539 mph race average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 71 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> 4.</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>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>93.572 mph avg.; led 74 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 2.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 3.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>+1.9475 seconds; </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 2 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Target Chip Ganassi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>14.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 6.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Target Chip Ganassi </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 1</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 33 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 9.</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>110 </p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em><em><u> </u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</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>110</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>21.</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 7.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</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>109</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> 8.</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> 83</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 6.</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> 82</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p align="center"><strong><u>Podium Finish for Hunter-Reay, Honda at St. Petersburg</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Strong debut for new Honda HI14RTT V6 engine</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pole-starting Sato leads first 29 laps  </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Strong runs from Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud, Newgarden and Wilson</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered pole qualifier Takuma Sato led the first 29 laps of Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and Ryan Hunter-Reay challenged for the victory in the closing laps of the initial race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, but took the checkers in second, less than two seconds behind winner Will Power. </p> <p>In a strong debut race for the new HI14RTT twin-turbocharged V6 engine, Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top nine finishing positions, with Simon Pagenaud, Justin Wilson and Josef Newgarden all rebounding from troubled qualifying runs to join Hunter-Reay and Sato in the top 10 at the finish of 110 laps around the 1.8-mile coastal Florida street circuit.</p> <p>Sato took command at the race start, eventually opening up a six-second lead over the 22-car field through the first segment of the race in his A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara. But the popular Japanese driver lost ground after the first round of pit stops to finish seventh. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Hunter-Reay's performance improved throughout the race, as he battled Helio Castoneves for second place during the middle-third of the contest, then captured the position shortly after a Lap 84 restart. For the last 20 laps, Hunter-Reay traded quick lap times with leader Power, but was unable to mount a successful challenge for the victory. </p> <p>After "missing the setup" and starting a disappointing 14<sup>th</sup>, Pagenaud's race also came alive in the final half, as he passed both Sato and Tony Kanaan, among others, to claim fifth at the finish. Likewise, Wilson worked his way through the field to take the checkers eighth after starting 16<sup>th</sup>, while Newgarden made the biggest gains in the race, making up 13 positions to finish a strong ninth after starting 22<sup>nd</sup>.</p> <p>The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series now heads cross-country to California for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, to be televised live on the NBC Sports Network on Sunday, April 13.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 1 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>53 points (1 win)</td> <td>6. Tony Kanaan<br></td> <td>28</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>40 </strong></td> <td><strong> Takuma Sato</strong></td> <td><strong>28</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>3. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>36</td> <td><strong>8. Justin Wilson</strong></td> <td><strong>24</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>4. Scott Dixon</td> <td>32</td> <td><strong>9. Josef Newgarden</strong></td> <td><strong>22</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>5. Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>30 </strong></td> <td>10. Ryan Briscoe</td> <td>20</td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Manufacturers’ Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>120 (1 win)</td> <td colspan="2"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>72</strong></td> <td colspan="2"> </td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay </strong>(#28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 3<sup>rd</sup>, finished 2<sup>nd</sup>: </strong>"It's a good start to the season, the team gave 110% today. After the last restart, Will [Power} and I were very evenly matched. We were both running 'qualifying laps' and Will did a great job. While I could match him, I just didn't have enough to get by him. We're ready to go to Long Beach now. I'm very proud of Honda, they gave us a great engine to start the season. Every point that you make early is good. You might need them later in the season! It's good to be on the podium here in St. Petersburg, a good start to the season and gives us great momentum going into Long Beach."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara) <strong>started 14<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"We missed [the chassis setup] in qualifying, but we had a very fast car for the race. That last restart was the key. We made a good move and managed to move our way forward. To finish fifth after starting 14<sup>th</sup>, that's a pretty good result for us. I'm pretty happy, and very happy with the performance from our Honda engine today. The fuel economy is really good and the power delivery is excellent. We maximized our result today."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"We were very competitive today, with good performances from many of our teams and drivers, but events did not quite go our way. Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay for today's second-place finish. It's great to have the Andretti Autosport organization back in the Honda family once more. I have to admit to a touch of disappointment with the outcome, as I believe we had the engine to beat here in St. Petersburg, and several of our teams were in position to win for us at various points in the race. We're optimistic for Long Beach and the rest of what's shaping up to be another exciting Verizon IndyCar Series season."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709</a></p> Honda Racing Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:38:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/792a7feb-ef3d-4ed6-8edf-9a95beb91702 http://hondanews.com/releases/792a7feb-ef3d-4ed6-8edf-9a95beb91702 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Bayfront Park (1.8-mile temporary street circuit), St. Petersburg, Fla.<br> <strong>2012 Winner:</strong> James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport), 83.539 mph race average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 71 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> 4.</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>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>93.572 mph avg.; led 74 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 2.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 3.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>+1.9475 seconds; </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 2 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Target Chip Ganassi</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>14.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 6.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Target Chip Ganassi </p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>110</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 1</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 33 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 9.</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>110 </p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em><em><u> </u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</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>110</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>21.</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 7.</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>110</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</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>110</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</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>109</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> 8.</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> 83</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 6.</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> 82</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p align="center"><strong><u>Podium Finish for Hunter-Reay, Honda at St. Petersburg</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Strong debut for new Honda HI14RTT V6 engine</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Pole-starting Sato leads first 29 laps  </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Strong runs from Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud, Newgarden and Wilson</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered pole qualifier Takuma Sato led the first 29 laps of Sunday's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and Ryan Hunter-Reay challenged for the victory in the closing laps of the initial race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, but took the checkers in second, less than two seconds behind winner Will Power. </p> <p>In a strong debut race for the new HI14RTT twin-turbocharged V6 engine, Honda-powered drivers claimed five of the top nine finishing positions, with Simon Pagenaud, Justin Wilson and Josef Newgarden all rebounding from troubled qualifying runs to join Hunter-Reay and Sato in the top 10 at the finish of 110 laps around the 1.8-mile coastal Florida street circuit.</p> <p>Sato took command at the race start, eventually opening up a six-second lead over the 22-car field through the first segment of the race in his A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara. But the popular Japanese driver lost ground after the first round of pit stops to finish seventh. </p> <p>Meanwhile, Hunter-Reay's performance improved throughout the race, as he battled Helio Castoneves for second place during the middle-third of the contest, then captured the position shortly after a Lap 84 restart. For the last 20 laps, Hunter-Reay traded quick lap times with leader Power, but was unable to mount a successful challenge for the victory. </p> <p>After "missing the setup" and starting a disappointing 14<sup>th</sup>, Pagenaud's race also came alive in the final half, as he passed both Sato and Tony Kanaan, among others, to claim fifth at the finish. Likewise, Wilson worked his way through the field to take the checkers eighth after starting 16<sup>th</sup>, while Newgarden made the biggest gains in the race, making up 13 positions to finish a strong ninth after starting 22<sup>nd</sup>.</p> <p>The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series now heads cross-country to California for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, to be televised live on the NBC Sports Network on Sunday, April 13.</p> <table border="0" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 1 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>53 points (1 win)</td> <td>6. Tony Kanaan<br></td> <td>28</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>40 </strong></td> <td><strong> Takuma Sato</strong></td> <td><strong>28</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>3. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>36</td> <td><strong>8. Justin Wilson</strong></td> <td><strong>24</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>4. Scott Dixon</td> <td>32</td> <td><strong>9. Josef Newgarden</strong></td> <td><strong>22</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>5. Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>30 </strong></td> <td>10. Ryan Briscoe</td> <td>20</td> </tr> <tr> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Manufacturers’ Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>120 (1 win)</td> <td colspan="2"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>72</strong></td> <td colspan="2"> </td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay </strong>(#28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 3<sup>rd</sup>, finished 2<sup>nd</sup>: </strong>"It's a good start to the season, the team gave 110% today. After the last restart, Will [Power} and I were very evenly matched. We were both running 'qualifying laps' and Will did a great job. While I could match him, I just didn't have enough to get by him. We're ready to go to Long Beach now. I'm very proud of Honda, they gave us a great engine to start the season. Every point that you make early is good. You might need them later in the season! It's good to be on the podium here in St. Petersburg, a good start to the season and gives us great momentum going into Long Beach."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing Honda Dallara) <strong>started 14<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"We missed [the chassis setup] in qualifying, but we had a very fast car for the race. That last restart was the key. We made a good move and managed to move our way forward. To finish fifth after starting 14<sup>th</sup>, that's a pretty good result for us. I'm pretty happy, and very happy with the performance from our Honda engine today. The fuel economy is really good and the power delivery is excellent. We maximized our result today."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"We were very competitive today, with good performances from many of our teams and drivers, but events did not quite go our way. Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay for today's second-place finish. It's great to have the Andretti Autosport organization back in the Honda family once more. I have to admit to a touch of disappointment with the outcome, as I believe we had the engine to beat here in St. Petersburg, and several of our teams were in position to win for us at various points in the race. We're optimistic for Long Beach and the rest of what's shaping up to be another exciting Verizon IndyCar Series season."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101709</a></p> Honda Racing: 2014 Verizon IndyCar Teams and Drivers Lineup <p style="text-align:center"><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><br> Takuma Sato – No. 14</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong><br> Marco Andretti – No. 25<br> James Hinchcliff – No. 27<br> Ryan Hunter-Reay – No. 28<br> Carlos Munoz – No. 34</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Baracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport</strong><br> Jack Hawksworth – No. 98</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong><br> Justin Wilson- No. 18</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing</strong><br> Graham Rahal - No.15</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Schmidt Hamilton Peterson Racing</strong><br> Simon Pagenaud - No. 77<br> Mikhail Aleshin– No. TBD</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing</strong><br> Josef Newgarden – No. 67 </p> Honda Racing Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:29:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/a6c63df7-5296-4719-8c42-eabbcbf9193a http://hondanews.com/releases/a6c63df7-5296-4719-8c42-eabbcbf9193a 2014 Verizon IndyCar Teams and Drivers Lineup <p style="text-align:center"><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><br> Takuma Sato – No. 14</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong><br> Marco Andretti – No. 25<br> James Hinchcliff – No. 27<br> Ryan Hunter-Reay – No. 28<br> Carlos Munoz – No. 34</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Baracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport</strong><br> Jack Hawksworth – No. 98</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong><br> Justin Wilson- No. 18</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing</strong><br> Graham Rahal - No.15</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Schmidt Hamilton Peterson Racing</strong><br> Simon Pagenaud - No. 77<br> Mikhail Aleshin– No. TBD</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing</strong><br> Josef Newgarden – No. 67 </p> Honda Racing: Acura TLX GT Race Car To Debut At Detroit Grand Prix <ul> <li><strong><em>Racing application for new 2015 Acura TLX</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Will run in highly competitive GT category </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Single-car entry for RealTime Racing and driver Peter Cunningham</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Acura Motorsports today announced that the new 2015 Acura TLX GT will make its Pirelli World Challenge competition debut at the May 30-June 1 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix double-header race weekend.</p> <p>To be campaigned by long time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing, the new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition that includes the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458.</p> <p>"The competition in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge is incredible, but Acura has never shied away from strong competition, in the marketplace or on the race track," said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President, Product Planning and Logistics, American Honda. "The 2015 Acura TLX is a true luxury sport sedan, so it is fitting that the car be raced against several of its natural competitors, and even some up-market brands, in the Pirelli World Challenge."</p> <p>Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT Race Car will feature HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition, and will be powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura's SH-AWD system.</p> <p>RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history, will initially field a single Acura TLX GT for owner/driver Peter Cunningham, with a second car to be added at a later date.</p> <p>RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products for more than two decades. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, RTR has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers' Championships and 14 Drivers' Championships.</p> <p>"In our 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we have developed a clear understanding of what it takes to win races and championships," RTR team principal Cunningham said. "In 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge GT class looks to be more competitive and diverse than at any time in the history of the series, and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. We will be working hard to develop the new TLX GT into a winning package. That's what we love to do."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development<br> </strong>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>For photographs of the Acura TLX GT Race Car, go to:<br> <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx/releases/acura-tlx-gt-race-car-unveiled-at-north-american-international-auto-show/photos/the-2015-acura-tlx-gt-race-car">http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx/releases/acura-tlx-gt-race-car-unveiled-at-north-american-international-auto-show/photos/the-2015-acura-tlx-gt-race-car</a></em></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Racing Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/9a61670a-d300-4eaf-861f-bae062a4dda6 http://hondanews.com/releases/9a61670a-d300-4eaf-861f-bae062a4dda6 Acura TLX GT Race Car To Debut At Detroit Grand Prix <ul> <li><strong><em>Racing application for new 2015 Acura TLX</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Will run in highly competitive GT category </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Single-car entry for RealTime Racing and driver Peter Cunningham</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Acura Motorsports today announced that the new 2015 Acura TLX GT will make its Pirelli World Challenge competition debut at the May 30-June 1 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix double-header race weekend.</p> <p>To be campaigned by long time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing, the new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition that includes the Audi R8 LMS, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes SLS, Nissan GTR, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458.</p> <p>"The competition in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge is incredible, but Acura has never shied away from strong competition, in the marketplace or on the race track," said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President, Product Planning and Logistics, American Honda. "The 2015 Acura TLX is a true luxury sport sedan, so it is fitting that the car be raced against several of its natural competitors, and even some up-market brands, in the Pirelli World Challenge."</p> <p>Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT Race Car will feature HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition, and will be powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura's SH-AWD system.</p> <p>RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history, will initially field a single Acura TLX GT for owner/driver Peter Cunningham, with a second car to be added at a later date.</p> <p>RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products for more than two decades. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, RTR has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers' Championships and 14 Drivers' Championships.</p> <p>"In our 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we have developed a clear understanding of what it takes to win races and championships," RTR team principal Cunningham said. "In 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge GT class looks to be more competitive and diverse than at any time in the history of the series, and we look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. We will be working hard to develop the new TLX GT into a winning package. That's what we love to do."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development<br> </strong>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories (2004-2012). In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers', engine, team and drivers' championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries.</p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company's racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>For photographs of the Acura TLX GT Race Car, go to:<br> <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx/releases/acura-tlx-gt-race-car-unveiled-at-north-american-international-auto-show/photos/the-2015-acura-tlx-gt-race-car">http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx/releases/acura-tlx-gt-race-car-unveiled-at-north-american-international-auto-show/photos/the-2015-acura-tlx-gt-race-car</a></em></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p>