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Indycar Long Beach Grand Prix 2017 - The Winner - Canadian James Hinchcliffe in his Powered by Honda Dallara.
James Hinchcliffe Wins the Long Beach Indy Car Grand Prix
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Sebastien Bourdais goes from Last to First in his Powered by Honda Indy Car to win Season Opener in St Petersburg Florida - 7 Hondas finish in the Top 10,
Canada's James Hinchcliffe finishes 9th after leading before the first pit stop.
Mar 12, 2017
- Rebounds from qualifying crash to win 2017 Indy car season opener
- Dixon charges to third, last-lap pass nets fourth for Hunter-Reay
- Honda drivers claim four of the top five, seven of top-10 finishing positions
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Sebastien Bourdais and his Dale Coyne Racing team used a fast Honda and perfect race strategy to come from 21st and last on the starting grid to win Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
A crash in qualifying on Saturday left Bourdais starting shotgun on the field at the green flag for the 110-lap event, but a series of passes and early caution flags saw him move to 12th after just 10 laps. Another caution on Lap 25 - in the midst of scheduled first-round pit stops - presented him with a huge opportunity, and Bourdais was quick to take advantage, restarting in second and then passing for the lead on Lap 37.
From there, Bourdais was in control, leading 69 of 110 laps enroute to his 36th career IndyCar victory, moving him to sole possession of 6th on the all-time win's list.
In his return to Honda with Chip Ganassi Racing, Scott Dixon started from the outside of the front row and was running second to fellow Honda driver James Hinchcliffe in the opening laps. But both were caught out by not having pitted when the Lap 25 caution came out for debris on the circuit following contact between Tony Kanaan and Mikhail Aleshin. A combination of excellent fuel mileage and passes enabled Dixon to recover to third at the checkers.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was another comeback story on the day as he was forced to pit on the opening lap for a mechanical issue. Fortunately, his Andretti Autosport team was able to make repairs while keeping Hunter-Reay on the lead lap, and he also benefitted from pitting prior to the Lap 25 caution.
Hunter-Reay then moved through the field from 10th to pass teammate Takuma Sato for fourth place on the final lap. For his part, Sato led two laps, as Honda drivers led all but 18 laps of the 110-lap event.
Hinchcliffe led 21 laps after starting third for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and passing for the lead on Lap 6. Having to make his first scheduled stop during the caution dropped him down the order, and he was unable to make significant gains in the second half of the contest. He finished ninth as Honda drivers claimed seven of the top-10 finishing positions today.
Rookie Ed Jones ably backed up his victorious Dale Coyne Racing teammate by rounding out the top 10 in his IndyCar Series debut.
Video recaps from this weekend's Honda Verizon IndyCar Series and Acura Pirelli World Challenge action in St. Petersburg are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The Verizon IndyCar Series next heads out west, to Southern California, for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, to be televised live on the NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 9.
Sebastien Bourdais (#18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) started 21st, finished 1st for his 36th career IndyCar victory: "This was probably the hardest race to recover. It's really hard to pass. Every time we come here, and it looks like we have a reasonable car. It was looking like a pretty good car and I just threw it away [in qualifying Saturday]. I just really didn't know what to do with myself. To turn that from [the problems of] yesterday into today, I just don't know what to say except 'thank you' to the guys. [It is very emotional] because it's the first one [win since joining Dale Coyne Racing and reuniting with many former teammates]. It's putting the band back together and you don't know if you'll have many more days like that."
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) started 12th, finished 4th: "We definitely earned this one. We [pitted to repair] an engine calibration issue early, but stayed on the lead lap. To finish fourth today was just awesome. This DHL Honda team has done a great job all day. To fight back like that, I had to keep coming spot after spot -- really earning it, then at the end I got fourth from my teammate [Takuma] Sato. We had a lot of fun out there and it's great to be back into the swing of things. Hopefully, we can get the team back on the podium where we belong, but fourth place is a good start. This whole Andretti Autosport team has done a great job. We had some great pace, showed good promise. I'm looking forward to the next race."
Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's race: "What a great way to start the season. I'm extremely pleased with the way all the hard work from everyone at HPD and our partner teams was rewarded today. Not only with the excellent victory from Sebastien Bourdais and his Dale Coyne Racing team, but also with the podium finish for Scott Dixon in Chip Ganassi Racing's return to Honda, as well as Ryan Hunter-Reay's charge back to fourth. Indeed, the entire Andretti Autosport organization demonstrated its capability today with all four entries. Not to forget James Hinchcliffe's command of the opening stint. This was a very encouraging start to the season for Honda. Congratulations to everyone at HPD and our partner teams as we look forward to the rest of 2017."
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2017 Indy Car Season kicks off this Weekend
Chip Ganassi Racing now a Powered by Honda Team
Powered by Honda Indy Cars finish 1 - 2 on Texas Oval. Rahal nips Hinchcliffe for 5th Closest Indy Car Race ever!
Perfection from Marc Marquez at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina
sees the Spaniard take his first win of 2016. Honda 1st and 3rd
Ontario Time Attack - Grant Galloway's Civic
Grant did some Track Days and now is taking the next step with his Civic SI that he bought at Honda House. He will run for the GT2 Title.
Castrol Honda CIVIC Wins 1st Race of 2016
World Touring Car Championship
Castrol Civic - a familiar combination
McLaren Honda - Vandoorne finishes 10th in F1 in Bahrain
Stoffel Vandoorne believes he showed what he can do in Formula 1 on his debut for McLaren in the Bahrain Grand Prix, and that scoring a point was a bonus.
Stepping in at short notice after Fernando Alonso was ruled unfit to race due to chest injuries from his massive Australian GP crash, GP2 champion Vandoorne had not tested the 2016 McLaren-Honda prior to Friday practice. He went on to outqualify team-mate Jenson Button and take 12th on the grid, then finished 10th after a combative race in the upper midfield.
"I think for my Formula 1 debut, I can be very happy with that," Vandoorne said. "Since the beginning of the weekend I felt very comfortable in the car. I'm just happy I didn't make any mistakes operationally, and to come away with a point is a bonus.
Rahal 5TH on IndyCar Arizona Short Oval
2017 1.5 Litre Turbo Civic - Coupe, Hatchback and Sedan will have Six Speed Manual Option.
It was announced at the New York Auto Show that the 10th Generation Civic 1.5 Litre Turbos will have a 6 Speed Manual Transmission option for the 2017 Model Year. The CVT Turbo already rivals the 9th Generation Civic SI's performance numbers.
2016 Civic Rally Cross Coupe to compete in 16 Red Bull Global RallyCross Championship
Honda Civics finish First and Second in ST at Sebring
Sebring 2016 IMSA 12 Hour Endurance Race
Honda powered Prototype 2s Qualify First
Second - HONDA WINS!
Honda Powered P2 wins 24 Hours of Daytona AND 12 Hours of Sebring = 36 Hours!
Indy Car 2016 Series Opener - Florida
Hunter Raye Podiums with 3rd Place Finish 3 Hondas in the Top 6.
Honda Accord returns to Racing - TC Pole for 1st
Pirelli World Challenge Race of 2016 at Circuit of the Americas in Texas - Accord V6 Coupes!
The Accord has a rich racing heritage over the past 4 decades. In 2016 Numerous Race Teams have decided to campaign Accord V6 Coupes in the PWC Touring Car Class.
IMSA: Pla leads for Michael Shank Honda in Sebring testing
Honda Power won the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona - next up is the 12 Hours of Sebring this month. Michael Shank's Honda Powered Ligier paced the Sebring test last month.
Wedssport Wheels, Stoptech Front Brakes, larger RS3 Hancook Tires, Act Prolite Flywheels are some of the upgrades for 2016. Todd Bennett will wheel the Yellow CR with Senior Citizen John Elliot will run the White CR.
HONDA POWER wins Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona
Jan 31, 2016
Rolex 24 at Daytona Race Report
Circuit: Daytona International Speedway (3.56-mile road course), Daytona Beach, Fla.
Weather: Clear, mild overnight, overcast and 72 degrees F at the finish
- First overall victory for Honda at Daytona
- Pipo Derani claims fastest race lap for Honda
- Mechanical failure ends leading run for Michael Shank Racing
Tequila Patrón ESM prevailed Sunday in a hard-fought Rolex 24 at Daytona, scoring Honda's first overall victory at the famed event and the first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win for the new Honda HR35TT twin-turbocharged V6 engine.
The ESM Ligier-Honda JSP2, shared by Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek, Scott Sharp and Ed Brown, took the overall win by 26 seconds ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing Dallara-Corvette DP driven by Jordan and Ricky Taylor, Max Angelelli and Rubens Barrichello, after a see-saw battle throughout the night time hours with multiple contending teams.
Starting on the outside of the front tow, Derani took the lead at the green flag, but soon fell back behind both the similar Ligier-Honda of Michael Shank Racing and the unique DeltaWing, which led much of the opening two hours. As night descended, the DeltaWing was eliminated by damage from contact with a stalled car, and the race developed into a contest among the pair of Ligier-Honda's and a half-dozen rival Daytona Prototype teams.
Starting third, Michael Shank Racing and drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Oswaldo "Ozz" Negri, John Pew and Olivier Pla moved their Honda-powered Ligier to the front for the first time at the two-hour mark with Pla at the wheel.
Negri and Allmendinger also took turns at the point, as the MSR Ligier-Honda led for a total of 99 laps in the first eight hours. However, mid-way through the ninth hour, engine failure ended the race for MSR.
Although the MSR effort was over for this year's Rolex 24, the ESM Ligier-Honda continued to run without issue, and at the 12-hour mark held a narrow, two-second lead over a trio of Daytona Prototype efforts, including the #5 and #31 cars of Action Express, and Wayne Taylor Racing #10 Corvette. As night turned into morning, all four cars remained on the lead lap and in contention for the victory.
The ESM Ligier-Honda moved back into the lead for the final time with slightly more than two hours remaining, when Derani took over from co-driver van Overbeek, then caught an passed the #5 Corvette. Earlier in the race, Derani set fastest race lap, and he again exhibited both speed and control in the final hour to build a convincing, 26-second lead that he maintained to the checkers.
Both the ESM and the Shank entries utilize the production-based 3.5-liter Honda HR35TT V6 engine, developed for competition by HPD from the Honda "J35″ series of passenger vehicle V6 engines, with improvements including twin turbochargers. Key production-based components include the block and cylinder heads, direct-injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors and fasteners. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.
Video News Releases from this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona and companion Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race can be found on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during the 2016 season. The video packages can be found at: youtube.com/hondaracingtracksideand www.hpd.honda.com.
The 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumes Saturday, March 19 with another endurance racing classic, the 64th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on winning year's Rolex 24 at Daytona: "Winning a 24-hour race is still one of the ultimate challenges in motorsports. We're proud to add this milestone achievement, the Rolex 24, as our first overall victory at Daytona, and our first win for the new 3.5-liter Honda engine package developed for sports car competition. Congratulations to Scott Sharp, Ed Brown, and the entire Patron Tequila ESM team for a truly world-class effort en route to victory. But it's also a somewhat bittersweet day, as Michael Shank Racing consistently ran at the front of the field, and undoubtably would have also contended for the victory but mid-race mechanical failure."
Pipo Derani (#2 Tequila Patrón ESMLigier-Honda) on being part of today's race-winning driver lineup: ""I have no words. It is just amazing to win my first race in America. It's just a big team effort to be here. To win this race is really tough, everything has to come together from the mechanical side, to the engineers and the drivers, it really is a complete team effort. The last two and a half hours were pretty intense. With the second-place car really pushing us, I couldn't make any mistakes. It was pretty tense, but pretty exciting at the same time. It was a tough race out there, but will be something we can look back on with pride for the rest of our lives."
Ozz Negri (#60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier-Honda) led 99 laps with co-drivers John Pew, A.J. Allmendinger and Olivier Pla: "I had no warning [about the engine failure]. We were just looking after everything, taking our time, but suddenly it let go. It's tough, really tough, to take. But this happens in racing. Everyone here, the Honda/HPD guys and Ligier and everyone at MSR, we are all working together. We win together, we lose together. We would have loved to get another Rolex victory, and I am pretty sure we were on our way to doing just that."
Honda Class Wins Sports Car Club of America
US Majors 2016 Homestead Florida Race:
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Winners from Sunday's 22-lap, 50.6-mile SCCA U.S. Majors Tour races at the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway circuit, with class, driver, hometown and car.
B-Spec, Chi Ho, Orlando, Fla., Honda Fit.
GT-Lite, Peter Shadowen, West Palm Beach, Fla., Honda CRX Si.
H Production, Sam Moore, Kannapolis, N.C., Honda Civic.
Super Touring Lite, Bob Beede, Northampton, Mass., Honda Civic Si.
Honda leads ROAR before the 24 Hours of
Daytona Practice Tequila / Sharpe Honda
Powered Ligier Prototype 2 Class Car
SCCA Pro Racing to sanction F4 Championship
Series in 2016 Series to feature Crawford chassis, Honda engine, Pirelli tires
McLaren Formula 1 Concept
McLaren Honda F1 had a terrible 2015 Season which they plan to turn around in 2016.
2016 Honda Toronto Indy - July 17th
For the 30th time since its inaugural event in 1986, professional INDYCAR racing returns to Exhibition Place for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario's largest annual sporting event. The three-day festival returns to its traditional July dates, July 15-17, after switching to June last year to accommodate the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
"Honda Indy Toronto has been a summer staple for generations of Torontonians and festival-goers from across Ontario and beyond," said Jeff Atkinson, newly-appointed President of Honda Indy Toronto. "We're working hard on growing the festival programming to create an event that is fun, exciting for all ages, and that builds on its legacy and connects with the history of the race."
The Verizon IndyCar Series headlines the event weekend, featuring some of racing's best drivers including Oakville's James Hinchcliffe, Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti and 2015 Series Champion Scott Dixon, among others.
"This obviously is such a special weekend for me, I remember coming to this race as a kid and really falling in love with INDYCAR while I stood at the fence watching the cars," said James Hinchcliffe, Verizon IndyCar Series driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics car for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. "Now, to be able to come back on the other side of that fence and race in my hometown is awesome. The track, the city, the fans, everything about this weekend makes it the best stop on the calendar. I'm glad we got the old date back because now it really is like Christmas in July again."
Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Conquers Baja
Honda will introduce an all-new second-generation Ridgeline truck in the first half of 2016. Honda introduced the first-generation Ridgeline in 2005 as a 2006 model. The Ridgeline challenged conventional thinking in pickup truck design with its boxed frame uni-body design, offering superior driving dynamics, fuel efficiency and interior space, in combination with midsize pickup towing, hauling and off-road capabilities. It also introduced several industry-first features including a dual-action tailgate and lockable In-Bed Trunk. The Ridgeline captured both the 2006 North American Truck of the Year and Motor Trend 2008 Truck of the Year and led all other midsize pickups in J.D. Power's APEAL study for three consecutive years.
Like the original, the next-generation Ridgeline is being designed and developed by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. The new Ridgeline will join an expanded lineup of Honda light trucks that includes the subcompact all-new 2016 HR-V crossover, the ever-popular Honda CR-V, America's best-selling SUV, and the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot, in contention for the 2016 North American Truck of the Year award. The Ridgeline will be followed by the launch of a completely redesigned Odyssey minivan in the second half of next year. All Honda light trucks are manufactured in North America, and all but the HR-V are produced exclusively in the U.S. at Honda's plants in Ohio and Alabama, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
Honda Baja Racing History
Honda has a long history of motorcycle race success at Baja, scoring two dozen victories, including 17 consecutive wins in the SCORE Baja 1000 through 2013. Honda entered four-wheeled SCORE competition on the Baja peninsula in 2005, competing in the Stock Mini class with a Honda Ridgeline fielded by Clive Skilton and his California Race and Rally (CaRR) organization. Driver Gavin Skilton and the Ridgeline scored their first SCORE Baja 1000 class victory in 2008, while Gavin and co-driver Andy Grider claimed a second Stock Mini class win in the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000. Both of these class victories came in partnership with HPD. Moving up to the Class Six Trophy Truck category in 2012 with a tube-framed HPD Desert Pilot developed jointly by HPD and CaRR, Skilton won the category in the Score Baja 500 in June, then partnered with brother Darren Skilton to finish third in that year's SCORE Baja 1000.
Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead Honda's entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in Indy cars, which includes 212 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including the 2014 event, won by Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport.
HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 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.
HPD 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 product lines, please visit //hpd.honda.com.
Ridgeline Generation 2 Baja RaceTruck
Dani Pedroza wins Malaysian MotoGP on Repsol
Honda - Honda's 3rd Win in a Row
Marc Marquez wins Australian Moto GP on his Repsol Honda
Gordon Shedden / HONDA CIVIC 2015 British Touring Car Champions
Dani Pedrosa wins Japanese MOTO GP on his Repsol Honda
Montreal Opens New Hall of Fame
Barrie Poole, Sandy and John Elliot to be inducted into the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame on October 9th
The Inaugural Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame Recognizes 40 World-class Canadian Legends
MONTREAL, September 16, 2016
Forty of Canada's drag racing legends will be inducted into the newly formed Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame at the inaugural Gala starting at 5:30 pm on October 9, 2015 at the Hotel Universel in Montreal.
"The recognition of world-class Canadian drag racing legends, all under one roof, is long over due," says John
Scotti, Founder of the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame. "I am very excited about this achievement for the
sport and look forward to sharing it with others who will visit the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame" museum
The 30 living and 10 posthumous legends who are being inducted include, racers, crew chiefs, mechanics
track officials, promoters, and sponsors from Victoria, B.C. to Poole's Corners, P.E.I who have made a lasting
impact and significant difference in the development of the sport of Drag Racing in Canada and elsewhere.
During inaugural Gala, most of the 30 drag racing legends being inducted will be attending the Gala. They will
be honoured with the custom tailored 'Blue Blazer' bearing the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame logo and
the personalized Hall of Fame ring.
"It is a dream come true to see great ones of our sport getting the recognition they deserve for their
extraordinary achievements, contributions and efforts for the sport of drag racing," says Bob Aubertin, Director.
To be nominated into the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame, candidates must have actively been engaged at
the top level of their categories for more than 25 years and have made a tremendous contribution to the sport.
They must also reside or be an expatriate of Canada.
About the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame
The Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization that will be based in Montreal, Quebec.
Founded in 2014, by John Scotti, President of John Scotti Automotive Group, its mission is to recognize the
professionals in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro-Stock and Sportsman categories.
A complete list of the inductees to the Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame, will be presented on stage at the
Honda, Acura Racers Claim Eight SCCA National Championships - Civic SI's take TWO
Runoffs results reflect impact of Honda Racing Line Program
Podium sweep in Super Touring Light
Honda, Acura drivers also win T4, FF, STU, GT-3, GT-L, FP, and HP
Honda and Acura racers won eight Sports Car Club of America national championship titles, including a podium sweep in the competitive Super Touring Light category and a fourth consecutive Formula F title, at the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, contested this weekend at Daytona International Speedway
A total of 64 Honda and Acura racers, the largest Runoffs field for the manufacturer since the start of the Honda Racing Linegrassroots motorsports program in 2009, traveled to the famed Daytona circuit in Florida September 21-27, for this year's 52nd annual national championships, taking part in 12 of the 28 classes.
In addition to the record turnout, it also was a weekend of record results for Honda and Acura drivers, with eight national championships - the highest total ever for the Honda Racing/HPD program - and podium finishes in three other races, giving Honda Racing victories and top-three results in 11 of the 12 classes contested at this year's Runoffs.
"This has been just a fantastic Runoffs for our Honda Racing Line members," said Jeff Barrow, HPD manager, commercial motorsports. "Our drivers and teams contended for victory in a dozen races, and the results speak volumes for both our grassroots motorsports efforts in recent years and the skills of our racers."
Philip Royle, of Winnetka, Calif., led every lap in his Honda Civic Si to win the Touring 4 race on Friday, Honda Racing/HPD's first championship of the weekend. Royle came to Daytona with a brand new 2015 Civic Si, after qualifying for the Runoffs with a 2013 model, and put the new car on the pole before leading from flag-to-flag for a 5.663-second victory. Michael Tsay brought his Honda Civic Si home third for a 1-3 Honda finish.
"The car is brand new. It had only seven miles on it when I got it in August to replace my previous Civic, and we began to turn it into a race car," Royle said. "Now, with a national championship, it has about 225 miles on it! Meanwhile, Mike's [Tsay] car, which is a 2012 Civic, has thousands of racing miles on it, yet we ran the full 14 laps together. That's the beauty of this class."
Tsay avoided an opening-lap skirmish in Turn 1 to improve from sixth on the grid for his third-place finish. "We were three across at the start," Tsay said. "I got bumped in the rear in Turn 1, the tail slid out and I thought I was done, but I just kept my foot in it and merged back into traffic. It was a tough run trying to catch up with Lance [Stewart, who finished second], but he had just a little bit more."
Super Tourlng Light
Honda Civics also dominated the popular Super Touring Light class race on Saturday, claiming the top four finishing positions and five of the top seven in a large, 37-car starting field.
A last-lap pass to reclaim the lead gave Kevin Boehm his first SCCA National Championship in dramatic fashion around the 3.56-mile Daytona road course. Boehm edged the Acura Integra GS-R of defending class champion Cliff Ira, while Deuce Keane II led a pack of three for third in his Honda Civic Si. Darin Treakle rounded out the top four finishers, just a tenth of a second back in his Civic.
Boehm led most of the 14-lap contest, but saw his advantage evaporate with two to go when Ira closed the gap on the banking and drafted around Boehm for the lead. But a missed shift by Ira exiting the "Bus Stop" chicane on the final lap gave Boehm the opening he needed to complete his own pass on the banking and claim the title.
"It was pretty clear that Cliff had a great car and that he was going to catch me, so I started to plan in my mind what I was going to do when he got to me," Boehm recounted. "In the end, with a little bit of luck, it worked out. The last two laps, it seemed I was a little better under the brakes, so I tried to use that to my advantage. It seemed I was getting a little better run through the Bus Stop, so my last-ditch effort was to not lead the last lap and try to be close enough to use his draft. Luckily, I didn't have to do that. I hate it for Cliff that I have to win that way, but I'll take it for sure."
Fourteen drivers in the 25-car Formula F field utilized the HPD L15A7 engine at Daytona, and Rick Payne came from 10th on the starting grid to draft his way to Honda's fourth consecutive victory in the highly competitive class on Sunday, in one of the most exciting race finishes of the weekend.
Payne made a great race start in his Van Diemen RF99 Honda, gaining three positions in the run to the first turn. He then steered clear of two incidents that eliminated four of the top 12 starters in the race's first five laps, moving him to fourth and in contention for the win.
"Starts have always been my thing," Payne said. "I love them. I don't know how I ended up 10th on the grid. We didn't feel like a 10th-place car going in, I know that sounds a little cocky, but that's a fact. We did not feel like we had a 10th-place car, so I just kind of made a bit of a move at the start. A couple of guys touched wheels, but I got through and sort of set myself up to run with the leaders."
When race leader Tim Kautz brushed the wall while heading into the Bus Stop chicane while leading on Lap 13, Bill Valet took the lead and was closely followed by Jason Generotti and Payne. On the 14th and final lap, Payne drafted by both Generotti and Valet in one major move entering the Bus Stop, then held them off in the final run through Turns 3 and 4 of Daytona's NASCAR oval for a narrow .110 of a second victory.
In addition to the races highlighted above, Honda Racing/HPD drivers also emerged victorious in the races for Super Touring Under, GT-3 and GT-Lites; and F and H Production. Honda drivers also finished second and third in B-Spec; second in Prototype 1; and third in Formula Atlantic. A full list of Honda Racing/HPD champions and podium results appears below.
https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.Video News Releases from this weekend's SCCA National Championship Runoffs can be found on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG provided video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2015 season, and the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:
Honda Performance Development [HPD], through the Honda Racing Line, offered contingency awards totaling $35,000 at the 2014 Runoffs, plus trackside support throughout the week. HPD also hosted trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their team members, providing an infield paddock tent where competitors could prepare and maintain their cars, and lunches for drivers and crew members.
Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations centre for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases "fun" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.
Launched in 2009, the Honda Racing Line is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing. The Honda Racing Line was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport. For more information about HPD and to register for the Honda Racing Line, please visit //hpd.honda.com.
Marc Marquez wins Misano MotoGP on his Repsol Honda
Honda to show Track Car Concept at next week's German Car Show
Honda's original Side by Side Track Car from a few years ago shown above with Honda's 2015 Version shown below:
Reminds me of the Smokey Yunick Hurst Special Indy Car from 1964 that did not race. (Shown below)
Honda Motor Co. will debut an open-wheeled sporty car that features a dangling roofless "floating" driver's seat and "creative craftsmanship" at this month's Frankfurt motor show.
The vehicle is the winner of Honda's Global Design Project. It has a mouthful of a name: The "Honda Project 2&4 power by RC213V."
The project is a design exercise meant to celebrate Honda's rich heritage as a maker of two-wheeled motorcycles and four-wheeled passenger vehicles. The Frankfurt vehicle gets four wheels but is powered by Honda's RDC213V motorcycle engine.
It was inspired by Honda's RA272 Formula One racer from 1965, a rocket-shaped car that helped put the Japanese brand on the map.
The concept's powerful MotoGP 999cc V-4 four-stroke engine has been modified to run on public roads, Honda said in a statement late Tuesday.
Its gearbox is a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
More than 80 designers competed in this year's in-house competition - an annual contest between Honda's design studios.
This year's winning entry was a collaboration between two motorcycle and automobile design studios in Japan.
Honda said the funky racer showcases "the continuous effort by Honda to design an ever-more immersive driving experience.
Its open-air bucket seat cradles the driver on the car's left-hand side, while wrap-around cladding forms an aerodynamic shield around the rest of the ride. Underneath, there is an open-air architecture to allow for a rush of exhilaration.
"The 'floating seat' design places the driver as close to the action as possible," Honda said. "Honda Project 2&4 seeks to create an intense driving experience by combining the most thrilling elements of riding a motorcycle with the most engaging characteristics of driving a car."
Weighing in at just 405 kilograms (893 pounds), the Project 2&4 gets a mid-mounted engine for a low centre of gravity and responsive handling - just like the original RA272.
Grand Bend Raceway Car Lapping September
Schedule: Thursday Evenings September 10th, 17th and 24th
The Honda House S2000 CR will be there testing a Berk Exhaust System
Justin Wilson 1978 - 2015
I'm very sad to report that Indy Car Racer Justin Wilson has died from his injury from last Sunday's race. His wife, two daughters and family are in our prayers.
Grand Bend Car Lapping - Thursday Evening
August 27th and Friday August 28th
Join Honda House at the Track
John Elliot tries on an Ariel Atom powered by Honda at Grand Bend Raceway.
Honda returns to Baja 1000 Off Road Race
with Powered by Honda Bugg
Honda unlimited off-road race vehicle, powered by Honda Performance Development
Factory off-road race initiative kicks off with Baja 1000 in November; continues into 2016
Honda will make its 4-wheel off-road factory racing return this November in the SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, with an unlimited off-road race vehicle powered by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Company, Inc. The manufacturer teased images of its race vehicle today, featuring a twin-turbocharged Honda HR35TT V6 engine, Albins ST6 sequential transmission, Fox racing shocks, and rugged General Grabber tires. More information will be available in the days leading up to the Baja 1000 event in November.
This return to the SCORE Baja 1000 marks Honda's first 4-wheel desert race since the HPD Desert Pilot competed in Class 6 in 2012. For more information about HPD and the company's racing product lines, please visit //hpd.honda.com.
Our Prayers are with Justin Wilson after his
Pocono 500 Indy Car Accident
Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's race: "Our thoughts are with Justin Wilson, his family, friends and many fans. All of us at Honda are thinking of him right now, and today's win by Ryan Hunter-Reay, and the championship, are very much secondary."
John Elliot asks that anyone reading this please Pray for Justin's recovery.
Hunter-Reay's Andretti Motorsports Honda wins
Pocono 500 Indy Car Race
Hunter-Reay, Honda Win Crash-Marred Pocono
Graham Rahal holds onto to 2nd Place in the Championship despite being taken out.
Wilson injured in late-race crash
Veteran Honda driver suffers severe head injury
Ryan Hunter-Reay scored his second Verizon IndyCar Series victory of 2015 Sunday at Pocono Raceway in northeastern Pennsylvania, powering his Andretti Autosport Honda through the field to win the ABC Supply 500, but his triumph was overshadowed by a late-race crash that left teammate Justin Wilson hospitalized with a severe head injury.
On Lap 180 of the 200-lap contest, Wilson struck debris on track from the car of Sage Karam, who had crashed just seconds earlier. Wilson's car then veered to the inside wall, making heavy contact with the SAFER barrier. He was quickly removed from the car and transported to Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA., where he is currently in a coma and listed in critical condition. Karam escaped serious injury in his crash.
An otherwise exciting race was marred by multiple crashes, resulting in a dozen caution flags. Hunter-Reay led a total of 29 laps to add the Pocono win to his victory earlier this year at Iowa Speedway. Honda drivers claimed five of the top 10 finishing positions, with Carlos Munoz fifth in his Andretti Autosport Honda. Takuma Sato took the checkers sixth for A.J. Foyt Racing, while the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports duo of Ryan Briscoe and James Jakes finished eighth and tenth, respectively.
Series rookie Gabby Chaves had one of his strongest outings of 2015, leading 31 laps for Bryan Herta Autosport.
Graham Rahal's quest for the drivers' championship took a hit after contact from Tristan Vautier sent both cars hard into the outside wall. Neither driver was injured, however Rahal scored only a handful of points due to his early retirement, and now trails championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya, who finished third today, by 34 points with just one race remaining.
Video recaps from Honda's IndyCar Series action at Pocono are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads west to Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco, for the championship-deciding, double-points season finale the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, August 30.
McLaren's Belgian GP an 'embarrassment'
McLaren Honda F1 struggles continue - 2015 Season a disaster. Will we see the team return to the winning ways of the past?
700 Grand Prix Motorcycle WINS for Honda
Marc Marquez Repsol Honda TQ & Win INDY
MOpO GP - Again!
Celebrate Honda 700th GP Motorcycle Win
by David Bates
Honda claims record win at the Brickyard thanks to Marc Marquez
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez's victory at the IndyGP was Honda's 700th in all classes of Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Road Racing World Championship races.
Aboard his RC213V, Marquez continued Honda's unparalleled success, which dates back to Australian Tom Phillis' victory at the Spanish GP in 1961, in the 125cc section on his RC143. The Spaniard's victory complemented Belgian Livio Loi's success, his first and Honda's 699th, in the Moto3 race, where a gamble on slick tyres paid off on a drying track.
Honda's reigning World Champion Marquez won his second successive GP, and third for the season, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, potentially reigniting his title defence, as well as cementing Honda's place in racing history.
Takahiro Hachigo, president, CEO and representative director of Honda revelled in the achievement, saying: "I am proud of Honda's 700th victory in the FIM Road Racing World Championship. This achievement could only have been realized through the countless number of people working together, and the support every fan has given for Honda's racing activities.
"I am deeply grateful to everyone for their contributions and support. Thank you very much."
Fans can reflect fondly on Soichiro Honda's 1954 announcement of the company's entrance into the Isle of Man TT, then the world's premier road racing competition, to "realise the dream of becoming the world's best."
Marquez has mimicked Italian Valentino Rossi, as well as teammate and countryman, Dani Pedrosa in marking many of Honda's milestones. Rossi took Honda's 500th win in 2001 in the 500cc class at the Japanese GP, whilst Pedrosa etched the Japanese firm's 600th win which whizzed straight into the history books in 2005 at the Australian GP.
Though current Repsol Honda pair Marquez and Pedrosa sit behind Jorge Lorenzo and Rossi, Honda's long term success shows little sign of slowing down.
Honda House S2000 CR returns to Grand Bend
Raceway for August 20th Thursday Evening Car
Honda House Sales Manager Todd Bennett has been running the Honda House S2000 Club Racer for the past four events at Grand Bend Raceway. He has been quick and consistent as he has moved from the Beginner Group up to the Intermediate Group with Lap Times similar to some of the Experienced Group. John Elliot ran the car at the NSX Meet and also has been running the Honda House Used Car Division Porsche GT3. Todd and John will share driving duties on Thursday July 20th. They are anxious to receive official 10 Generation Civic Specs at the Honda Canada Official Introduction September 29th at the Alliston Honda Canada Factory where the Civics are built. Watch for Honda House 2016 Civics at Grand Bend Motor Speedway Car Lapping Events next year.
F1 Summer Break! McLaren Honda scores points
with both Alonso and Button at last Race!
Honda Upgrades Motor for next race!
The results for McLaren Honda have been disappointing so far in 2015 however th development continues for the balance of 2015.
Rahal closes in on IndyCar Championship
by David Bates
Rahal, Honda Master Mid-Ohio
Popular victory for hometown hero at the Honda Indy 200
Second win of 2015 puts Rahal within nine points of series championship lead
Justin Wilson completes a 1-2 result for Honda
Graham Rahal drove a flawless race and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team employed perfect pit strategy to win Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Rahal's second IndyCar Series victory of 2015 moves him to within nine points of leader Juan Pablo Montoya in the battle for the drivers' championship, with two races remaining.
Making his fifth start of the season, Justin Wilson finished second for Andretti Autosport to give Honda a 1-2 finish at its "home" circuit, in front of some 15,000 Honda associates from more than a half-dozen manufacturing plants and support facilities in central and western Ohio among the large crowd in attendance.
Pit strategy played an important role in Sunday's 90-lap contest on the hilly, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio circuit, as an early caution on Lap 21 resulted in the field splitting into two groups. Those who elected to pit during the caution - 12 of the 24-car starting field, including both Rahal and Wilson - put themselves in contention for the victory.
On Lap 68, just after this group made it's third and final stop of the race, the caution flag waved for the second time. With their pit stops already complete, Rahal, Wilson, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon, among others, were positioned at the front of the field when the green waved again on Lap 69.
At the head of the pack, Rahal succeeded in maintaining his advantage, while Wilson held off Pagenaud for second. Rahal again held off an attack from Wilson following a brief caution flag with just ten laps remaining, then pulled away to a 3.4-second margin of victory at the checkers.
In addition to claiming the top two steps of the victory podium, Honda drivers also finished sixth through tenth to dominate the top of the Mid-Ohio box score. Tristan Vautier had his best result of 2015 to finish sixth, followed by Iowa race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, seventh, Jack Hawksworth in eighth, Detroit victor Carlos Munoz, ninth, and Marco Andretti rounding out the top 10.
Video recaps from Honda's IndyCar Series victory and this weekend's Acura Pirelli World Challenge action at Mid-Ohio are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The Verizon IndyCar Series now takes two weeks off before heading to Pocono Raceway in eastern Pennsylvania for the penultimate race in the 2015 championship and final round in the "triple crown" of 500-mile races: the Pocono IndyCar 500 on Sunday, August 23.
Sports Car Club of America promoting
GrassRoots Motorsports Weeknight Car Lapping
Events very similar to what Grand Bend Raceway
has been doing the past three years.
SCCA's Track Night in America turns race track
access on its head:
Thursday, 16 July 2015
By Philip Royle / Images by Sean C. Rice + Clark McInnis
It calls to all with gasoline in their veins: You and your car, an hour of track time during a 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. window, on a weeknight - all for just $150. And rulebooks? They don't exist. Run what ya brung, have a blast, repeat. It's a winning formula. At least, that's what SCCA's latest program is gambling on.
SCCA's Track Night in America driven by Tire Rack offers low-buck, convenient track time, luring enthusiasts into the SCCA fold with low-stress,TN Carslow-commitment, easily accessible time on the race track in just about any street car. But this isn't just another day at the track.
Track Night's journey from concept to reality was not a short one, explains SCCA's Director of Experiential Programs, Heyward Wagner: "The idea was born in SCCA's marketing department about five years ago," he says. "At that time, we didn't have a department to execute a program of this scale. When the Experiential department was created last spring, Track Night was one of the very first ideas that was brought to us, and we loved it."
The first Track Night took place April 6, 2015 - one year and six days after Wagner's department was formed - and was made possible in large part thanks to a grant from the FIA and sponsorship from longtime SCCA partner Tire Rack.
What's different about Track Night? For starters, unlike almost every other track day, Track Night takes place during weekday evenings, usually Tuesdays or Thursdays, with a sticker price of $150 (less if you search online for a discount code). Track Night also encourages spectators, offers free parade laps halfway through the event, and welcomes groups - like SCCA Regions, local scouts, and so on - to host gatherings at the track for free. At most venues, Track Night will occur the same time each month for several consecutive months.
"The program is designed to be fun, easy and accessible for seasoned veterans and rookies," says Wagner. Hosting the events on weekdays means that enthusiasts who are hyper-scheduled on weekends can break away from work a little early to hit the track.
"The target demographic is people who want to have fun with cars," he continues, noting that Track Night is primarily designed to attract race track novices. "We would love to see Track Night as a tool to introduce SCCA to people who may not have been involved before. And, so far, we have been successful with this, as 57 percent of our first 1,000 entrants were not previously members." Of those, 42 percent were also less than 35 years old.
Around 80 SCCA Track Nights are slated to take place during 2015, with the program continuing into 2016.
"The FIA grant is only for 2015, but we are committed to the program in 2016 and beyond," says Wagner. "We would like to see an increase in events by 20 each year. That will likely include events in the off-season at some venues, as well as adding new tracks."
PREPARE FOR ACTION
The schedule of an average Track Night has participants arriving at the track between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and being on the track soon thereafter. There are waivers and tech sheets, but that's a simple process that the Track Night staff assists with.
There are some other things to know before heading to the track, however. Bring long pants, closed-toe shoes, and a hat, sunscreen and water. Some tracks allow you to run in short sleeves while others mandate long sleeves - we'd recommend the latter. You'll also need a helmet with at least a Snell SA2000, M2000, K2005, K98, or FIA 8860-2005 rating. Should you not have a helmet, one can be purchased during Track Night's online registration at www.TrackNightInAmerica.com.
Your vehicle will also need attention. "Clean out all the miscellaneous junk in your car at home," advises West Coast Track Night Event Manager Eric Clements. From there, check all fluids, brake pads, and torque the lug nuts. "Less than two-year-old brake fluid is good - and if you're not mechanically savvy, it's a good idea to get a cheap or free multi-point inspection."
Graham Rahal says "We can win Honda a Title"
The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara-Honda driver lost two laps with a puncture on Saturday night, got back onto the lead lap then lost another lap at a pitstop while a gearshift problem was attended to. He then fought back onto the lead lap again and through to fourth place, bringing him to within 42 points of leader Montoya with three rounds left - including the double-scoring Sonoma finale - and 50 available for a win.
Robin Miller's Iowa interview with Graham Rahal
"Nights like [Iowa] are what build character, and what builds champions," said Rahal. "It speaks volumes for this team that we are second in the points. We can win Honda a championship.
"We've got three more races to go and are going to two tracks I think we can be really strong at [Mid-Ohio and Sonoma], and Pocono. A day when the car wouldn't shift and we were down and out, but we were able to fight back shows what this team is made of. Hopefully we can keep it going for three more. I'm so proud of this team to be second in the standings. We're just going to keep our heads down and go forward."
Rahal's run of form follows two barren years in which he finished 19th and 18th in the championship. His win at Fontana last month was his first since April 2008, and one of five podium finishes so far in 2015.
Montoya, Penske, IowaThe American's progress in the championship at Iowa was helped by Montoya retiring when he crashed following a suspension failure, his first mechanical problem of the year.
"It's just disappointing - we had a good car, I was just taking it easy and biding my time," said the Penske driver. "It sucks when it's completely out of our hands when something fails."
Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was on course to make the biggest inroads into Montoya's advantage as he was running third - a result that would have brought his championship deficit below 30 points - when he had to pit for repairs and lost 37 laps, ending up classified 18th.
"I thought we were getting a break with [Montoya] going out early, and then we had a weird problem with the right rear axle," said Dixon, who is still third in the standings, 48 off Montoya. "The team did a great job getting us back out and that's all you can ask for in that situation."
Honda House Sales Manager at Grand Bend
Raceway wheeling Honda House S2000 CR
John Elliot put an AIM Solo 1 Lap Timer in the Honda House S2000 CR to record performance data in the final session of the night to see how Todd Bennett has progessed after 3 Grand Bend Raceway Car Lapping Events. Todd has been running in the Green / Beginner Group where he has looked good catching much more powerful cars around the Grand Bend Mod Circuit. Elliot wanted to see not only how quick his Lap Times were, but more importantly how consistent his laps were.
Todd's laps were impressive. Not only did he run a quick 61.10 second lap, he backed that up with a 61.12 and 61.20. John believes Todd is ready to move up to the Yellow / Intermediate Group at his next event at the end of the month.
Graham Rahal believes he can now overhaul Juan Pablo Montoya for the IndyCar championship title after moving up to second in the standings following a charging performance at Iowa Speedway.
Grand Bend Raceway Car Lapping Schedule Update:
July Thursday Evenings - 23rd, 30th
August Thursday Evenings 20th, 27th
Friday August 28th
September Thursday Evenings - 17th, 24th
Hunter-Reay, Honda Reign Supreme On Iowa Oval
Hunter-Reay scores third Iowa victory, sixth consecutive Iowa win for Andretti Autosport
Rahal prevails over gearbox issues, moves to second in drivers' championship
Honda drivers claim three of the top five finishing positions
In another thrilling Iowa Corn 300, Ryan Hunter-Reay successfully defended his 2014 victory, holding off Josef Newgarden Saturday night at Iowa Speedway for his first - and Honda's fourth - Verizon IndyCar Series win of 2015.
In 2014, Hunter-Reay's Andretti Autosport team gambled on making a pit stop for fresh tires during a late-race caution, and he charged through the field for victory. But in tonight's 300-lap run, Hunter-Reay was in contention throughout the race, and successfully battled Newgarden though the final 24 laps as the pair repeated its 1-2 finish from last year.
Hunter-Reay also emerged victorious at Iowa Speedway in 2012, and his Andretti Autosport team has now won six consecutive Indy car races at the short, but very fast, Iowa oval.
Graham Rahal battled through mechanical issues - including a deflating tire leading to an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 55. Falling two laps off the lead pace, Rahal also fought recurring gearbox issues, which necessitated lengthy stays in the pits and finished fourth, just 4.6 seconds behind Hunter-Reay. The effort moved Rahal to second in the drivers' championship, 42 points behind series leader Juan Pablo Montoya.
Carlos Munoz finished fifth, his best result since winning at Detroit in May, to give the Andretti team two drivers in the top five. Teammate Marco Andretti continued his run of top-10 finishes, taking the checkers in seventh. He remains the only driver in the series to complete every race lap this season. Continuing his substitute role in place of the injured James Hinchcliffe, veteran Ryan Briscoe finished eighth, equaling his previous best result of the season at Texas Motor Speedway.
Video recaps from this weekend's Honda activities in Iowa are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
After back-to-back short oval races, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a week off before heading to Honda's "home" road-course circuit, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, for the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday, August 2.
Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 13 of 16 rounds):
1. Juan Pablo Montoya 445 points (2 wins) 6. Sebastien Bourdais 366 (2 wins)
2. Graham Rahal 403 (1 wins) 7. Marco Andretti 358
3. Scott Dixon 397 (2 wins) 8. Josef Newgarden 352 (2 wins)
4. Helio Castroneves 391 9. Tony Kanaan
5. Will Power 390 (1 win) 10. Simon Pagenaud
Honda, Michael Shank Racing Finish Third in
Honda-powered team scores third podium finish of 2015
Second podium result in last three races
Driver Ozz Negri posts fastest race lap
Honda-powered Michael Shank Racing continued to demonstrate strong form in the second half of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, finishing third on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. It marked the third podium result of the year for the Shank team, drivers Oswaldo "Ozz" Negri and John Pew and their Ligier JS P2 Honda, and the second in the last three races.
Pew, who qualified the Ligier Honda sixth for today's two-hour, 40-minute contest, took the opening stint and moved up to fifth prior to handing driving duties off to Negri at the first scheduled pit stop. The caution flag waved just after the stop, and the resulting shuffle saw Negri move up to third as the race went back to green-flag conditions.
The Ligier Honda picked up one more position after the Ganassi Racing Riley Ford was called in to serve a penalty for a pit infraction, and Negri went on to set the fastest race lap as he chased the leading Corvette Prototype of Dane Cameron.
But shortly after the one-hour mark, the power-steering unit aboard the Shank machine failed, forcing Negri to deal with both increased steering loads and high temperatures inside the cockpit on a warm, humid race day. However, Negri was able to persevere during the final 90 minutes, and come out on top of a three-way battle for third in the closing laps. Following the race, Negri was briefly treated for dehydration in the infield care centre, but was soon released.
The Ligier chassis fielded by MSR is powered by a production-based 2.8-liter Honda HR28TT V6 engine, developed for competition by HPD from the Honda "J35″ series of passenger vehicle V6 engines, with improvements including twin turbochargers. Key production-based components include the block and cylinder heads, direct-injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors and fasteners. The engine even features a stock Honda oil filter.
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship now takes a couple of weeks off before resuming August 7-9 with the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Michael Shank (team owner) on today's race: "First, let me say how proud I am of this team today. John [Pew] put us in a position to run the strategy we wanted to win the race, and the team executed everything exactly as planned. It was our day until the power steering overheated and failed. Ozz [Negri] is Superman! The job he did today is one of the coolest things I have ever seen and he deserves all the credit. He's just a complete stud! Our day is coming very soon, I promise. I can't thank Honda, Honda Performance Development and [chassis builder] Onroak Automotive enough. We will get the car fixed and be ready for [the next race at] Road America."
Honda 1st & 2nd MOTO GP Marquez & Predrosa
MotoGP: Marc Márquez Dominates Weekend -
German GP 2015
JUL 12, Marc Márquez passes Jorge Lorenzo early to win his 6th consecutive race from pole at the Sachsenring.
Rahal moves to 3rd in Indy Car Championships
Rahal Finishes Third for Honda at The Milwaukee Mile
Chaves solidifies rookie points lead with 11th-place result
A valiant charge by Graham Rahal in the final 18 laps came up just short of victory Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as the Honda-powered driver finished third at the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250, his fifth podium finish of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
Following his victory two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway in California, Rahal started sixth in today's first short-oval race of the season, and ran in the lead pack through much of the 250-lap contest, including five laps led. But starting on Lap 114, two cautions in rapid succession led to multiple pit strategies being employed throughout the field. As a result, Rahal and Helio Castroneves were among the last to make their final stops on Lap 225.
When the green flag waved for the final time on Lap 232, both rapidly made their way towards the front, passing the cars of Ed Carpenter and series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya. But Rahal was unable to pass Castroneves in the closing laps, and neither could catch Sebastien Bourdais for the victory. Still, Rahal's fifth podium finish of the season moved the Honda driver into a tie with Castroneves for third in the drivers' championship, with four races remaining.
Marco Andretti continued his run of top-10 finishes, finishing eighth Sunday, and remains the only driver in the series to complete every race lap this season. Andretti had finished fifth or better in the four of the five races leading into Sunday's event. Driving for Bryan Herta Autosport, Gabby Chaves finished 11th at Milwaukee to solidify his hold on Rookie of the Year honors, with a 47-point lead over Stefano Coletti as the series enters its stretch run.
Video recaps from this weekend's Honda activities in Milwaukee are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The series now heads west to Iowa Speedway for the second of 2015's two short oval races, the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway near Des Moines on Saturday, July 18.
Honda's Jeff Tigert Wins Pikes Peak International
Jul 1, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Participating in a Honda-organized collaborative two- and four-wheel internal racing program at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, American Honda media coordinator Jeff Tigert was victorious in the Heavyweight motorcycle division while posting the fastest time among all motorcycle entrants. Having set the Lightweight course record in 2013 aboard a Honda CRF450R, Tigert returned this year with a Honda CBR1000RR, and his performance was nothing less than dominant. Tigert was the fastest motorcyclist on the mountain on three of the four practice/qualifying days and overcame a qualifying crash to earn pole position. In the race, his winning time of 10:02 was over 15 seconds faster than the next-closest rider.
"The week was a stressful rollercoaster of highs and lows and lack of sleep," a relieved Tigert said afterward. "Things went really smoothly early on, but my luck changed in my second qualifying run when I crashed and went off the course. On race day I had a lot on my mind and the course was pretty sketchy, but I tried to keep calm and ride within my limits. It's such a unique race, and the competitors are so emotionally connected to one another. It was a big weight off my shoulders when it was all over and I was presented with the checkered flag that goes to the winners."
Honda's effort at Pikes Peak began in 2011, and this year it had associates campaigning a wide variety of Honda models including automobiles and powersports products like the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR, in classes from the Open to Exhibition fields. Comprised entirely of Honda associates, the squad received support from American Honda, Honda R&D and Honda Performance Development. In addition, Honda partnered with the American Motorcyclist Association to provide soft-barrier technology for a number of locations on the course. Also this year, Honda offered an Acura NSX pace car for the race and utilized generators from its Honda Power Equipment division.
"Through this collection of associates, Honda seized the opportunity to showcase its diversity and capability to compete, and even win, in many of the classes at this famous hill climb," said project leader James Robinson, a principal powertrain engineer at Honda R&D. "This program has been in place since 2011 and this year we again expanded our competitive lineup to now be largest single team at Pikes Peak. It's a great opportunity for team building while also providing associates the opportunity to acquire additional skillsets and challenge themselves professionally and on the racecourse. We had some strong results, including seven podium finishes and three first-place finishes, and to have Jeff earn the overall motorcycle win was great."
Rahal & Andretti on Podium for Honda
Second-generation drivers with two of the most recognizable surnames in Indy car racing shared the podium following the exciting MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.
In fact, it's the first time in their Indy car careers that Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti have celebrated together in Victory Circle. Previously, the last meeting on the podium for a Rahal (Bobby) and an Andretti (Michael) was Sept. 1, 1996, at Pacific Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the Molson Indy Vancouver.
Andretti, who started second in the 100-lap race on the 1.703-mile street circuit, led the final 82 laps in the No. 6 Kmart/Texaco Havoline Lola Ford after pole sitter Alex Zanardi crashed. Rahal was the runner-up by nearly two seconds in the No. 18 Miller Genuine Draft Reynard Mercedes. Two weeks earlier at Road America in Wisconsin, Rahal was second to Andretti by six-tenths of a second in the 50-lap Texaco/Havoline 200.
The MAVTV 500 was the 42nd time in which a Rahal and Andretti, including Mario and John, have been on the podium together in an Indy car race. That also includes three podium sweeps (1984 Laguna Seca, 1991 Toronto, 1992 Laguna Seca).
Graham Rahal's rebound this season from a frustrating 2014, in which the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda collected two top-10 finishes in 18 races, is highlighted by the victory June 27 in the 250-lap race. It was his second career Indy car win and first since April 2008 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., when he was 19 years old. It also was the team's first victory for the team since July 2008 by Ryan Hunter-Reay at Watkins Glen.
Rahal, who started 19th in the No. 15 Mi-Jack Honda, moved to fourth in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings with his fifth top-five finish through 11 races.
"It feels good. I'm most happy for my dad and Dave (Letterman) and Mike (Lanigan) and all our sponsors that kind of came back and gave us some life this year," Rahal said. "This is a big, big deal for us. There's a lot of people that made a lot of comments about myself and about our team and about our owners and everything else that weren't fair to be quite frank, so to kind of rebound the way we have all season … this feels good to win.
"It's been a good year, and we've shown that it wasn't like a one‑hit wonder that we were good at. I feel like we're starting to find our form everywhere a little bit, and I think that's helping us in the big picture. My sights are still set on finishing in the top five in points. I don't know that we can win it, I really don't, but top five in points I think is achievable."
Andretti also is experiencing a resurgence of sorts this season, and the third place at Auto Club Speedway was his fourth top-10 finish. Andretti gained one position to sixth in the standings, and remains the only driver to complete every race lap (1,307).
"I'm not going to sit here and feel bad for myself. I'm just going to keep working," said Andretti, who qualified third in the No. 27 Snapple Honda for Andretti Autosport. "It's good that we're bummed out for third. I think it's my 20th podium. I wish I had more wins than two. Almost 1,000 laps led. I wish I had more wins than two. But we just have to keep pushing and hope that I have a long career ahead of me that we can really start racking them up. Our consistency is there, I just wish we were a little bit better."
Rahal Rules for Honda at Auto Club Speedway
Marco Andretti completes 1-3 result for Honda drivers
Six Honda drivers combine to lead 101 laps
Series-record 75 lead changes in 250-lap race
After knocking on the door of victory circle several times this season, Graham Rahal came through Saturday at Auto Club Speedway, winning a frantic MAVTv500 for his second career Verizon IndyCar Series win and first on an oval.
Despite starting only 19th, Rahal was confident his Honda would be strong on race day, and made his pre-race prediction come true by moving into the lead pack in the first 25 laps, and continuing to run at or near the front of the field for the rest of the day, leading 15 laps, including the final sprint to the checkers. That ended on the penultimate when fellow Honda drivers Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay collided on the front stretch, sending Briscoe tumbling into the infield.
Fortunately, both drivers escaped injury in the crash, as did four other drivers, including Honda's Takuma Sato, in three crashes that took place during the 500-mile contest.
Prior to his crash, Briscoe was one of several Honda drivers contending for the victory, leading seven laps as he continued in his substitute role for the injured James Hinchcliffe at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Sato was yet another Honda front-runner, also leading 31 laps before contact from Scott Dixon sent his A.J. Foyt Racing machine into the side of Will Power, ending the race for both drivers.
Marco Andretti had another strong race, leading 31 laps en route to a third-place finish as Andretti remains as the only driver in the series to complete every race lap this season. Andretti has finished fifth or better in four of the last five races.
James Jakes moved up in the closing laps to finish seventh, his best result since standing on the podium, third, at New Orleans; while Jack Hawksworth took the checkers in 10th for A.J. Foyt Racing, his fourth top-10 finish of 2015.
Video recaps from this weekend's Honda activities in Fontana are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The series now takes a week off before continuing its run of consecutive oval track races with the ABC Supply Company Wisconsin 250 on Sunday, July 12, at the famed Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin.
BLAST FROM THE PAST - John Surtees' Honda Wins Italian Grand Prix
Sandy Elliot, Barrie Poole and John Elliot to be inducted into the
Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Montreal in October
Montreal - John Elliot received an invitation to the inaugural Induction Ceremony for the new Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Montreal Quebec. Thirty inductees and ten posthumous from across Canada will attend this Gala Event on October Ninth 2015. Sandy's (who passed away on February 14th 2015 at the age of 94) Induction will be accepted by his grand daughter Shannon and great grandaughter Grace. They are being honored for their accomplishments from 1968 to 1971 at International Drag Racing Events across North America. The Sandy Elliot Performance Centre Team was inducted into the Canadian MotorSports Hall of Fame and Chatham Sports Hall of Fame many years ago.
Ontario Time Attack - Toronto Motorsports Park - June 20th 2015
Corey Whiteman takes Grant Galloway's 8th Generation Street Driven SI Civic
Sedan to GT3 WIN!
Grant Galloway started Car Lapping at Grand Bend Raceway and Toronto Motorsports Park in 2014. Grant bought his 8th Generation Civic SI Sedan from Honda House a few years ago (he also has a 9th Generation Civic SI Coupe). He decided to enter the Ontario Time Attack this past weekend at TMP along with his driving coach Corey Whiteman who is a past Time Attack overall champion. Time Attack is basically taking the next step up from Car Lapping. Cars are classified and then run for best lap in the class, almost like qualifying. Grant's Civic SI Sedan was classified as a GT3 based on Horsepower, Factory Shipping Weight and Modifications. Two drivers are allowed to share a car. Corey Whiteman drove the street driven Civic to an 82 second lap for the GT3 Class win! Grant recorded an 84 second lap for a 5th in class, very good for his experience.
Interested in Ontario Time Attack? Here is the link -
This was a preview of the event from the Ontario Time Attack Facebook Page:
Event #3 Preview: Toronto Motorsports Park
This Saturday the Ontario Time Attack Championship Series is set to return to the ever popular Toronto Motorsports Park. Unlike the usual day time events, this event is set to take place during the late afternoon to dusk. As the drivers race into the sunset they will look to try and build on their performances from the opening weekend at the Driver Development Track at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, where we saw one of the closest P…AX battles we have seen in recent memory. Both Saturday and Sunday, Kyle Beaty, Greg Campbell, Mohamed Hussain and Carsten Gieschen were seperated by tenths and at times hundredths of a second. There will be many familiar drivers returning to competition this weekend so the battle is set to tighten up even more!
Erik Dalla Riva, Acura Integra Type R - Last years shootout champion is set to make his 2015 season debut this Saturday, at a track he is known to perform well at. Although he will be moving up to the GT2 class this year, Erik hopes that the car can remain competitive in class and on PAX time.
Corey Whiteman, Honda Civic Si - In a car much different than the one he is used to dominating in, Corey will make what may be his only appearance in 2015, at TMP and there is no doubt he will be near the top of the GT3 and PAX leader board. With only a few laps of testing in the car, Corey's times are sure to be competitive. As last years overall points winner, Corey will have something to prove when it comes time to hit the track for competition runs late Saturday evening.
Mohamed Hussain, Honda CRX - The event #2 PAX and GT4 winner will be looking to make it two in a row on Saturday, and you can bet he will be on the look out for our returning champions from last year. TMP can be a track that favors higher horsepower cars, but Mohamed and the white CRX are very well setup and will be able to handle the oncoming challengers.
Don't count them out: Kyle Beaty, Gary Wood, Sal Vilardo.
Nightmare Season Continues
2015 Austrian Grand Prix Race Report
Posted on Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 16:21 (BST)
"We'll get going, just wait and see"
Zeltweg, Sunday June 21
A difficult and disappointing weekend for everybody at McLaren-Honda.
Starting from 19th (Fernando) and 20th (Jenson), both drivers were out after eight laps.
Fernando retired on lap one after Kimi Raikkonen lost control of his Ferrari at the exit of Turn Two. The collision resulted in both cars crashing spectacularly, immediately prompting a Safety Car to clear the debris.
Jenson boxed under the Safety Car to fit Prime tyres, with the aim of running an effective 'one-stopper' to the finish. He then took a 10-second stop-go (as part of yesterday's grid penalty), but was then ordered by his engineers to retire the car as a precaution after suffering an intake system sensor failure.
Fernando remains for next week's test - he'll run on Tuesday, with Stoffel Vandoorne running on Wednesday.
Rahal Shines for Honda on Damp Toronto Streets
Sixth top-10 finish of 2015 for Graham Rahal
Mechanical issues end race for Munoz while running second
Graham Rahal continued his run as Honda's top performer in the Verizon IndyCar Series, scoring his sixth top-10 finish of the 2015 season Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto, and maintaining his hold on fifth in the drivers' championship after 10 of 16 races.
Starting 10th on a damp track after early-morning showers blanketed the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place downtown street circuit, Rahal fought Helio Castroneves in an entertaining early-lap battle. Rahal then solidified his hold on 10th place, running just behind fellow Honda driver Takuma Sato through the middle stages of the 85-lap contest. Following the last round of pit stops on Lap 56, Rahal forced his way past both Sato and Simon Pagenaud to move into ninth, where he finished. Sato went on to take the checkers in 10th, in another competitive temporary street-circuit outing for the A.J. Foyt Racing driver.
Carlos Munoz, winner of the Saturday race in Detroit two weeks ago, jumped from 13th on the grid to third on Lap 28, when a caution flag came out just after he and eventual race winner Josef Newgarden had made their second scheduled pit stops. But his chances for victory ended on Lap 69, while running second, when his Andretti Autosport machine lost power and was forced to retire.
Clever pit strategy from Dale Coyne Racing also saw rookie Rodolfo Gonzalez lead five laps, until he was forced to make his final stop on Lap 72; while a late-race charge from another rookie, Conor Daly, saw the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver finish 12th, following up on a sixth-place finish in Sunday's race at Detroit.
Honda at Le Mans
Jun 14, 2015
Circuit: circuit de la Sarthe (8.47-mile road course), Le Mans, France
Weather: Scattered showers, mild, 73 degrees F
Solid Runs for Honda-Powered Teams at Le Mans
Top-10 finishes for Tequila Patrón ESM in first appearance at Le Mans
Seventh-place result for Brown, Fogarty and van Overbeek
OAK Racing Ligier-Honda contends in early hours
A strong early run for Honda-powered OAK Racing and a solid debut for Tequila Patrón ESM in its first appearance at the Circuit de la Sarthe highlighted the efforts of Honda Performance Development this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
After qualifying seventh in a strong, 19-car LMP2 field, the OAK Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda of Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor and Chris Cumming moved up to third in the opening hours, and later second place behind the eventual class winning KCMG entry. But a spin and resulting unscheduled pit stop in the sixth hour dropped the OAK Ligier-Honda two laps off the lead. The team fought back through the night, eventually recovering to fourth in LMP2, before gearbox issues with less than two hours remaining ended its race.
Making its first appearance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Tequila Patrón ESM team set - and achieved - the goal of getting both of the its entries successfully to the finish. With a mostly trouble-free run, the #31 Ligier-Honda of Ed Brown, Jon Fogarty and Johannes van Overbeek soldiered home to finish seventh in LMP2, and 15th overall after starting 26th in the 55-car starting field.
The sister #30 Ligier-Honda of Ryan Dalziel, David Heinemeier-Hansson and Scott Sharp encountered early difficulties, including contact with another LMP2 machine in the first hour, and minor mechanical delays that dropped the trio to the back of the field. But the team persevered through the night, regaining ground as other LMP2 entries encountered problems of their own, and took the checkers 10th in LMP2.
The three Ligier chassis fielded by Tequila Patrón ESM and OAK Racing all utilize the production-based 2.8-liter Honda HR28TT V6 engine, developed for competition by HPD from the Honda "J35″ series of passenger vehicle V6 engines, with improvements including twin turbochargers. Key production-based components include the block and cylinder heads, direct-injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors and fasteners. The engine even features a stock Honda oil filter.
The 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship takes a two-month break before resuming at the famed Nurburgring in Germany on August 23.
Jon Fogarty (#31 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda): "We were just trying to race as clean as possible. It looked like everybody had their share of issues this weekend, but we had a handful fewer than some of the other teams. We drove our own race. My comfort level with the Ligier-Honda and at Le Mans has definitely improved. It's amazing because a full stint is only 10 laps. In eight miles of track, there is a lot to learn. Johannes [van Overbeek] and Ed [Brown, co-drivers] both had a great race and we finished seventh. It was a great effort by the whole team. When we come back here again, it will be a massive improvement from this year."
Unleash your Honda - ask us about Grand Bend Raceway
Honda RC213V Limited Edition MotoGP based Street Bike
Price? $184,000 US Funds. Order On Line
Jun 11, 2015 - TORRANCE, Calif.
Honda today confirmed that the revolutionary RC213V-S is to be sold as a premium 2016 model, with a limited number set to be made available to U.S. customers. Every sport bike enthusiast has dreamt of climbing aboard a MotoGP™ machine and experiencing firsthand these bikes' exceptional engineering and performance, but with rare exceptions, only top-echelon racers have had that opportunity-until now. With the RC213V-S, a fortunate few will have the chance to purchase what is essentially a pure MotoGP weapon, with only minimal changes for a street application
Originally unveiled in prototype form at Italy's EICMA show last November, the RC213V-S is based on the RC213V that Marc Marquez rode to the last two MotoGP world championships, and is closer to a MotoGP bike than any road-going model ever offered to the public. "Ever since the modern four-stroke era of MotoGP began, fans have demanded a road-going version of Honda's legendary RCV," said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. "With Honda's dominance in recent years, that call has become unrelenting, so we're excited to announce the RC213V-S. This motorcycle reflects the same attention to detail and precision in assembly found in the factory machine. It's an amazing bike that is sure to be a hit with a select group of U.S. customers."
In addition to confirming the prototype-derived RC213V-S, the announcement included news in the production-based realm of motocross bikes, with the updated 2016 CRF450R and CRF250R. The CRF150R returns for 2016 as well.
Setting a new benchmark for performance in production road bikes, the groundbreaking RC213V-S was developed with close collaboration between Honda's Motorcycle R&D Centre and HRC, and is painstakingly manufactured in an exclusive workshop in the Kumamoto factory, using premium materials and production methods that are atypical for production motorcycles.
Like the RC213V upon which it is based, the RC213V-S is powered by a compact 90º V4 999cc engine with titanium connecting rods and a sand-cast aluminum crankcase. Mass on the lightweight machine is highly centralized, and it's race-derived features include an under-seat fuel tank and carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic fairing. Among the components inherited directly from the race bike are the swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium Marchesini wheels (17 inch size for the RC213V-S), pressurized Öhlins fork and adjustable footrests and foot controls, as well as most of the Brembo brake components. In recent years, MotoGP has ushered in huge advances in the area of electronic rider aids, and this is reflected in the RC213V-S, which boasts throttle-by-wire, selectable power modes, engine-brake control and traction control, with position-detection technology developed through Honda's ASIMO project.
Color: HRC Tricolor, Carbon Fiber
Availability: Reservations for this limited-production model will be taken exclusively through the official model website: www.RC213V-S.combeginning at 3:00 p.m. PST on July 12, 2015
Here is the UPDATED Grand Bend Raceway 2015 Car Lapping Days and Thursday 5-9 Evening Schedule:
Thursday July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Thursday August 13, 27
SATURDAY August 15 - 9-5
FRIDAY August 28 Friday 9 - 5
Thursday September 10, 17, 24
Honda House Sales Manager Todd Bennett hits the Track.
Todd Bennett took the Honda House S2000 CR to Grand Bend Raceway on Thursday Night June 4th for some organized Car Lapping on the Modified Circuit. This was Todd's first time in the S2000. He ran in three Sessions and progressively went faster each round. The next day he took off for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
John Elliot and Todd are planning some Track Pack Accessories for the 10th Generation Civic for 2016. More Honda House Civic CR News coming this fall.
Andretti, Munoz Head Honda Results in Texas
Four-stop pit strategy comes up short for Andretti Autosport drivers
Career-best oval finish for James Jakes, who also finished on four pit stops
Honda drivers claim five of top 10 finishing positions
A four-stop pit strategy for Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and James Jakes failed to pay off Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, as the Honda drivers were forced to conserve fuel to make the finish and dropped down the order in the closing laps of the Firestone 600.
The first Saturday night event of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series ran at a blistering pace, slowed only by one caution - for debris on the track - to become the 12th fastest race in Indy car history. Andretti and Jakes both briefly led portions of the 248-lap event - and Detroit race winner Munoz was constantly a part of the lead pack - but all three had to turn down their fuel mixtures in the final 20 laps as Scott Dixon took his second victory of the season with a new race record average speed of 191.940 mph.
Andretti finished fifth, just ahead of his sixth-place Andretti Autosport teammate, Munoz. Also saving fuel, Jakes fell to ninth in the closing laps - still a career best oval finish for him - and followed his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate Ryan Briscoe in eighth place at the checkers. Driving for Bryan Herta Autosport, Gabby Chaves continued to solidify his hold in the series Rookie of the Year standings with a 10th-place run.
Video recaps from this weekend's Honda activities at Texas Motor Speedway are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
Indy car's run of consecutive May-June races concludes next week, as the series heads north to Canada for round 10, the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, June 14.
NEW - Formula Lites Powered by HONDA
Formula Listes Series Enjoying Positive Growth as Inaugural Season Approaches
What began in 2014 as a worldwide launch at the automotive industry's largest tradeshow has now blossomed into one of motorsports' true success stories as the new SCCA Pro Formula Lites series prepares for its inaugural season.
Last November, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show attendees, industry experts and a host of media witnessed the first Formula Lites Crawford FL-15 car unveiled at the always-impressive Pirelli Tire booth. Now, just five months later, the Formula Lites series is enjoying positive and tangible growth as its 2015 class of racers and teams prepare for their first race in May.
The brainchild of series' partners Dennis McCormack and Ryan Arciero, with design and manufacturing by Max Crawford and Crawford Composites, Formula Lites was created to fill a longtime void in the United States open-wheel market, incorporating the latest technology, high-quality engineering and a price point that offers a modern racing experience at a sensible purchase and operating cost.
With the revitalized 1.7-mile road circuit of Connecticut's Thompson Speedway serving as picturesque backdrop, at the end of May the first of a six weekend, 12-race schedule will kick-off Formula Lite's first season. Sanctioned by Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) Pro division, the fledgling series is being bolstered thanks to the commitment and support of strong teams and a growing list of driving talent.
From the onset, series management was committed to the daunting task of building 20 all carbon-fiber, Honda-powered FL-15 chassis at Crawford Composites' state-of-the-art facility located in Denver, North Carolina. To date, over half of these cars have been purchased, with several more expected to fill the first Formula Lites grid at Thompson Speedway.
"We've been incredibly fortunate to have been surrounded by so much support so early in the growth of this concept," explained Formula Lites Managing Co-Partner Ryan Arciero. "From our close relationship with Crawford Composites to corporate partners to the SCCA to some very enthusiastic teams and drivers, a growing Formula Lites family is laying a solid foundation for 2015 and beyond."
Designed and manufactured to the latest F3 FIA safety specs, the new FL-15 monocoque envelops a 2.4-liter, 16-valve Honda engine and a six-speed sequential gearbox featuring pneumatic paddle shifting. The high-tech approach to open-wheel racing has attracted support and technical partnerships with Pirelli, Honda/HPD, PFC Brakes, Eibach Springs, Fikse Wheels, Bosch and Impact Race Products.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the collective decades of experience and top-tier suppliers have led to immediate results on the race track as well. At the series' first open test days held March 14 and 15 at Carolina Motorsports Park, three teams and four FL-15s successfully logged impressive laps around the challenging 2.27-mile circuit. All three teams enjoyed a promising first outing with no engine, drivetrain, suspension or chassis issues to report.
As part of the weekend, Formula LItes test drivers Elliott-Forbes Robinson and Dane Cameron were on hand help in the initial shake-down. They offered both years of experience to facilitate initial chassis set-up and, afterward, mutual praise for the potential of the new car and the entire series.
"Given the difficulty of getting a new series like this off the ground, we never underrated the importance of having a strong, competitive and reliable package right out of the box," added series Managing Co-Partner Dennis McCormack. "We owe that to all of the teams making an investment in this new venture. I am happy to report that Formula Lites has been able to deliver on that promise, and we are just getting started."
Sato, Rahal, Honda Finish Second and Third in Detroit Dual 2
Late cautions, shortened race distance prevent Honda victory
Honda drivers claim eight of top 10 finishing positions
A race day made up of constantly shifting weather, challenging track conditions, a series of late-race cautions and a shortened race distance combined to prevent Honda from sweeping the second half of Sunday's "Dual in Detroit-2″ at Belle Isle Park. But the manufacturer still dominated the finishing order, claiming eight of the top 10 positions in the second half of the Verizon IndyCar Series double header weekend, after a 1-2 finish in Saturday's opening race.
In a weekend marked by frequent - and sometimes heavy - showers, Sunday's scheduled 70-lap race began with light rain falling on an already thoroughly wet Belle Isle Park street circuit. The track would slowly dry throughout the race, but the changing conditions led to a variety of pit strategies and treaded "wet" versus dry weather "slick" tire choices.
As the race entered its closing stages, Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal battled for third place, while both closed down on leaders Sebastien Bourdais and Juan Pablo Montoya, both of whom were having to conserve fuel in an effort to make the finish. Sato and Rahal both passed Montoya on a Lap 63 restart, but yet another caution later that lap - the seventh of the day - led race officials to display the red flag in order to give fans a race to the finish.
Unfortunately, time limits also resulted in the race distance being shortened by two laps, giving Bourdais just enough of a fuel margin to take the win, with Sato second, Rahal third and other Honda drivers finishing fourth through ninth.
Video recaps from this weekend's Honda and Acura activities at Detroit, including two Verizon IndyCar Series races, a pair of Pirelli World Challenge runs and Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar race, are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
Indy car's run of consecutive May-June races continues next week, as the series heads south to the Dallas-Fort Worth for round nine, the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night, June 6.
Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 8 of 16 rounds):
1. Juan Pablo Montoya 315 points (2 wins) 6. Sebastien Bourdais 228 (1 win)
2. Will Power 294 (1 win) 7. Marco Andretti 224
3. Scott Dixon 252 (1 win) 8. Josef Newgarden 206 (1 win)
4. Graham Rahal 246 9. Simon Pagenaud
5. Helio Castroneves 245 10. Charlie Kimball
1. Honda 756 (2 wins)
2. Chevrolet 726 (6 wins)
Andretti Honda finish 1st and 2nd at Race 1 of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Indy Car Race
Munoz Leads Honda 1-2 Finish in Detroit Dual 1
Carlos Munoz scores career first Indy car victory
Marco Andretti completes 1-2 finish for Honda
Honda drivers lead 44 of 48 laps
Carlos Munoz combined near-perfect driving in challenging, constantly changing conditions with bold pit strategy from his Andretti Autosport team to score his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series victory and lead a 1-2 Honda finish Saturday on the temporary Belle Isle street circuit in the first of two races this weekend in Detroit, Michigan.
Starting deep in the field, 20th, Munoz gained five positions and avoided trouble during the early, wet stages of the scheduled two-hour contest. As the track dried out mid-race, Munoz moved into the lead, then consolidated his advantage as he remained out on track in a light rain, when many competitors pitted for wet weather tires. Building a massive, 30-second lead, he was then able to pit for rain tires on Lap 42 and retain his advantage when he returned to the track as the rain intensified. Lightning in the area forced race officials to halt the race after 47 laps of a scheduled 70, with Munoz leading Andretti by more than 30 seconds.
After being the first to change to dry weather "slick" tires on Lap Nine, Andretti employed a similar strategy to finish second after leading a race-high 23 laps, his run marred by only an inadvertent brief activation of the pit-lane speed limiter on Lap 33, turning the lead over to Munoz, and making his final pit stop two laps sooner than the winner.
A.J. Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato dominated the early, wet laps, moving into the lead on the fourth lap and leading 12 laps prior to the first round of pit stops. But contact with Josef Newgarden on Lap 18 resulted in damage to Sato's front wing and the resulting pit stop dropped him out of contention for the victory. Teammate Jack Hawksworth, running a split strategy from Sato, moved into the lead pack after the first round of pit stops and capitalized on that advantage for finish seventh for Honda.
Video recaps from this weekend's Honda and Acura activities at Detroit, including two Verizon IndyCar Series races, a pair of Pirelli World Challenge runs and Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar race, are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
Shank Racing Honda Powered Sports Prototype finishes 2nd on Belle Isle
Detroit, Mich. (30 May 2015) - After showing remarkable pace but tough racing luck in the opening races of the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian has generated momentum by scoring results to reflect that pace.
The team finished third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 earlier this month and John Pew and Ozz Negri went one better on Saturday with a run to second place in the Detroit Grand Prix on the streets of Belle Isle Park which marked Round 5 of the TUDOR Championship.
Pew started the race from sixth on the grid and Michael Shank Racing was thrilled with the gains made throughout the day on Friday after the team worked to dial in the No. 60 through two practice sessions ahead of qualifying.
The opening segment ran trouble-free and Pew not only put down clean and quick laps, he began running lap times faster than that of the No. 01 car ahead by the end of his stint. The team took advantage of a full course yellow that fell just after the half-hour mark and brought the car to pit lane for fuel, tires, and a driver change.
A great stop by the Michael Shank Racing squad saw Negri emerge from the pits fifth in the order. He took over fourth on the restart and ran a pace consistent with the top-four cars, despite track conditions that saw a damp track in several areas. Though the team never needed to break out the Continental Tire rain tires, the track was quite slippery through the second half of the race.
On a Lap 51 restart, Negri fought with the No. 01 Daytona Prototype, and ceded fourth place after being forced into the wall. But the Ligier proved solid and quick, allowing Negri to fight back to score second place in the challenging street race.
"It was very tricky out there but I love those kind of conditions," said Negri. "You have to be creative and just get the best out of it. When it's really hot and everything like it was today, my Brazilian blood kicks in! The Continental Tires were fantastic today and I'm just so, so happy to be back on the podium!"
was equally thrilled with the second place run at a track that tends to favor the Daytona Prototype machinery over the P2s.
"It feels fantastic especially after how we started a little on the back foot yesterday," said Pew. "It was a huge improvement from yesterday. I was hoping for the rain so that it would throw something into the mix because Ozz (Negri) is the rain-maester. Racing in England as a young man he is just fantastic in the rain. The opening stint was very tough, I just gave it everything I had and kept it in one piece to hand it over to Ozz."
The result was a big one for the entire Michael Shank Racing organization whose motto "never give up" was on full display in Detroit.
"It really shows how nobody gave up - we didn't have the fastest car today but we had a good car," said Shank. "I have to thank everyone at Onroak and MSR who got it there because we were a little bit lost at the beginning of the first session. Two podiums in a row now is just fantastic. I'm just so proud of everyone. Ozz (Negri), John (Pew), the guys - the guys really got abused yesterday. And I just don't know what to say, I'm really shocked! I was happy with a fourth place finish today, so to get second is great!"
Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will test at Watkins Glen International next week in preparation for the Sahlen's 6 Hours of the Glen next month as the team looks to step up one spot higher on the podium with a victory.
Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will test at Watkins Glen International next week in preparation for the Sahlen's 6 Hours of the Glen next month as the team looks to step up one spot higher on the podium with a victory.
NSX Club of Canada get together Grand Bend & Goderich
NSX Owners from Canada and the US met last weekend at Grand Bend Raceway on Friday Night. There were three groups, novice, intermediate and experienced drivers doing Car Lapping on the Long Circuit. John Elliot ran his Honda S2000 CR with the experienced group for some really fun twenty minute sessions. Aysha, our Honda Canada Sales Representative took the CR out for a few laps as well.
McLaren Honda scores Points in Monaco GP
Jenson Button drove his McLaren Honda to 8th Place in Monaco. The F1 return Challenge continues to the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
Graham Rahal - 5th at Indy 500 in his Rahal / Letterman Honda
David Letterman has had an interesting week ending up at the Indy 500 to watch his driver Graham Rahal finish in the Top 5. Graham has two second place and one fifth place finish at the last three IndyCar Races. The Rahal / Letterman Honda is currently Honda's Top Team. Marco Andretti finished 6th in his Andretti Motorsports Honda. Team Penske's Montoya won.
Indy 500 this Weekend - Will Honda repeat?
James Hinchcliffe expected to make full recovery after horrific Indy Practice Crash.
By Dave Lewandowski Published: May 19, 2015
Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe is improving and remains in stable condition following surgery May 18 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for an injury to his pelvic area and upper left thigh suffered in a practice crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier in the day.
Hinchcliffe is undergoing further evaluations in the Intensive Care Unit and has been ruled out of Verizon IndyCar Series competition for the foreseeable future.
"Words can't describe how thankful I am to the Holmatro Safety Team," Hinchcliffe said. "Those guys, in addition to the doctors and staff at the hospital, are my heroes. I can't say enough how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from INDYCAR fans, my family and fellow drivers. We are all one big family and it feels like that today."
Surgery was performed by Dr. Timothy Pohlman, senior staff trauma surgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital.
"He's stable and improving," Pohlman said. "His condition was critical upon his arrival and I think the INDYCAR system as a whole needs to be commended for how well they can take care of drivers in this situation."
Additional updates to Hinchcliffe's condition will be released when available. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has not announced a replacement driver for the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Honda for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24.
The car that Hinchcliffe was driving made hard right-side contact with the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier and slid on its right side all the way into Turn 4 about 50 minutes into the scheduled 12:30-4 p.m. (ET) practice. Hinchcliffe, who was awake when the Holmatro Safety Team arrived on the scene, was transported by ground to the nearby hospital.
A Honda spokesman said the right-front suspension failed as Hinchcliffe's car was entering the turn and he lost steering.
He had just turned a lap of 223.916 mph and was completing his 23rd lap in the session. Cars returned for a 4:15-6 p.m. practice - the penultimate track time in preparation for the Indy 500. On May 17, Hinchcliffe qualified on the outside of Row 8 with a four-lap average speed of 223.519 mph.
"Every time we hop in that race car, we don't know if we're going to come out of it, if you're going to come out of it in one piece, if something's going to happen to you," said Tony Kanaan, who will make his 300th Indy car start May 24. "That's what makes us different than other people. That's why not everybody can do this. It's never easy to see a friend of yours get hurt or lost a friend of yours. But this is the sport that we chose.
"Accident happen. We hate them, but it's part of our job."
Hinchcliffe, 28, of suburban Toronto, is in his first season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. He won the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12 and has one other top-10 finish (seventh in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 26) in five races. In 73 starts covering five Verizon IndyCar Series seasons, Hinchcliffe has four victories and 19 top-five finishes.
In four Indianapolis 500 starts, he has a best finish of sixth in 2012. He qualified second in 2014 while with Andretti Autosport.
The incident is the fifth this month in preparation for the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Last week in practice, Helio Castroneves, Pippa Mann and Josef Newgarden were involved in crashes. On May 17, Ed Carpenter's car made contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier. The incident, along with the others, prompted INDYCAR to reduce the engine boost level and require entries to run their race aerodynamic configuration in qualifications.
The drivers in those incidents were uninjured.
Grand Bend Raceway Car Lapping - Thursday
May 21st. A group from Union Gas are pre-entered for this event - starts a 5 PM until about 8:30
INDY 500 2015
Honda debuted the "Super Speedway" aero kit of aerodynamic upgrades and components its teams will use at this year's 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The Honda Super Speedway Aero Kit, produced by Honda Performance Development, Honda's racing arm in North America, includes a variety of individual aerodynamic components fitted to the existing Honda-powered Dallara Indy car chassis. All are intended to give Honda's six Indy car teams - encompassing a potential 17 '500' entrants - the ability to maximize performance at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and other large ovals ( over one mile in length) on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
"We're excited to unveil our Super Speedway aero kit, the newest element in this era of enhanced manufacturer competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Art St. Cyr, president of HPD. "Coupled to our proven Honda Indy V6 engines, these aero kits are the products of thousands of hours of research, development and testing, as we seek to give our drivers and teams the tools they need to win the race that Honda holds as its most important goal each season: The Indianapolis 500."
Honda's Indy car aero kits were developed by utilizing the latest in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) technology, then validated using Driver-In-Loop (DIL) Simulators. This process minimized waste at the prototype stage, and allowed aerodynamic direction to be determined prior to the creation of full-size components.
Full-scale wind tunnel testing was used to confirm actual aerodynamic performance characteristics and create aero maps to be used during on-track testing. Final proof-of-concept correlation then took place with on-track testing prior to the start of production earlier this year.
The complete Super Speedway Aero Kit provides Honda drivers and teams with a range of configurations to tune the cars to their desired characteristics for Indianapolis, a circuit where fine-tuning is essential to achieve optimum performance.
Honda's Indy car aero kits will make their public on-track debut during an Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 3. Official practice for the Indianapolis 500 opens on Monday, May 11, with the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 scheduled for Sunday, May 24.
Rahal Stars Again for Honda at Indy Grand Prix of
Nets second consecutive second-place finish
Hinchcliffe also leads, runs fastest race lap
For the second consecutive event in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, Graham Rahal led the Honda effort Saturday at the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, leading nine laps of today's 82-lap contest on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, and finishing a close second to race winner Will Power.
Starting 17th, Rahal avoided a multi-car crash in the first turn of the first lap, gaining 11 positions to finish the lap in sixth position. From there, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver stretched his opening fuel run for 23 laps until his first pit stop, moving into second as the Chevrolet-powered leaders pitted one to three laps earlier. His second stint was similarly long, as Rahal extended his run by two or more laps, improving his track position again. Following the final stop, Rahal closed to within 1.5 seconds of eventual winner Power before taking the checkers in second, where he also finished two weeks ago in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
The opening-lap crash, the only caution on the day, delayed several Honda drivers, including Ryan Hunter-Reay, Justin Wilson, James Hinchcliffe and Jack Hawksworth. After the incident, several teams went "off-sequence" with their pit stop strategies, a gamble that came close to netting top-10 results for Hinchcliffe and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate James Jakes.
Hinchliffe led four laps, and Jakes two, by staying on track while their competitors pitted, but the lack of a late-race caution resulted in both Honda drivers having to make pit stops for fuel in the final laps, leading to an unrepresentative 12th (Hinchcliffe) and 18th-place (Jakes) results, although Hinchcliffe did record the fastest lap of the race.
Rahal Stars at Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Storming drive nets second-place finish
Five Honda drivers in top 10 at the checkers
Ryan Hunter-Reay claims fastest race lap, finishes fifth
Emerging from the final round of pit stops in fifth place, Graham Rahal starred in the final 20 laps of Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, turning some of the fastest laps of the race and twice passing competitors around the outside of the Turn 5 hairpin to finish a close second in the 90-lap Verizon IndyCar Series race run at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham.
Exiting the pits more than 20 seconds behind eventual race winner Josef Newgarden, Rahal caught and passed Helio Castroneves with his first outside Turn 5 pass on Lap 79, then successfully made the same move on fellow Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay two laps later. Rahal then chased down former series champion Scott Dixon for second, making the pass on the final lap and taking the checkers just 2.2 seconds behind Newgarden.
Prior to the final round of pit stops, Rahal also led 17 laps of today's race, while James Hinchcliffe also briefly led for Honda, and ran in the lead pack during the middle stages before fading to a seventh-place finish. Hunter-Reay set the fastest race lap as he fought his way to a fifth-place result after starting 18th; and his Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Munoz made the biggest move through the field in the race, finishing sixth after starting 22nd.
McLaren Honda continues F1 Struggle - It has not
been an easy return to F1 so far this season.
Grand Bend Raceway Car Lapping 2015 Opening event on Saturday May 2nd! Register Here - Grand Bend Raceway Registration Link
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We are fortunate to have another Track this side of Toronto near Cayuga - Toronto Motorsports
Park - Link to TMP is here
John Elliot plans on taking the Honda House S2000 CR to TMP in 2015 a few times.
New Technical Details of the Next Generation (Honda NSX in Europe and Asia) NSX Revealed VIEW LARGER IMAGE
In advance of the market launch of the highly anticipated next generation NSX, the engineers leading the supercar's development shared new technical details and design strategies with the automotive engineering community at the April 22nd SAE Detroit Section dinner, held in conjunction with the SAE 2015 World Congress and Exhibition. Additional information about the team's efforts to achieve a true "New Sports Experience" included details of the NSX's world's first body construction process that helped create a multi-material space frame resulting in class-leading body rigidity, the advanced total airflow management system and an update on NSX's power unit specifications.
Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX, introduced key powertrain, body and dynamic performance engineers who shared new product and technical details in their related areas of the development. The unprecedented sharing of technical details prior to the car's market introduction reflects the desire of the NSX development team and the company to inspire the imagination of automotive and technology enthusiasts along with the next generation of engineers.
"Our goal is to create something altogether new and exciting, something that advances the concept of a next generation supercar in the spirit of the original NSX," said Klaus. "In order to provide NSX-level value, we needed to push ourselves to experiment with, refine and then realize many new technologies."
Significant technical revelations concerning the NSX included:
• The NSX includes Acura's first use of a revolutionary multi-material space frame design that delivers class-leading body rigidity while remaining lightweight.
• World's first automotive application of new ablation casting technology resulting in world-class body rigidity for ultimate handling and control.
• World's first use of a three-dimensionally formed, ultra-high-strength steel A-pillar, supporting class-leading rigidity and crash performance while providing outstanding outward visibility.
• The NSX achieves top-in-class aerodynamics targets without the use of active aerodynamic elements, while its three-motor Sport Hybrid power unit is cooled through 10 heat exchangers all thanks to a total airflow management strategy that maximizes the flow of air around and through NSX.
• Displacement of the NSX's all-new twin turbo V-6 engine was confirmed to be 3.5-liters.
• The NSX will mark the introduction of the most capable and highest torque capacity Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system in Acura history.
• The latest proprietary logic advances Acura's two decades-long pursuit of Super Handling that proactively responds to driver inputs, allowing the NSX to achieve a new level of line trace while at the same time intelligently supporting the driver in changing environments.
Additional details on each of these engineering achievements follow:
Acura's First Application of a Multi-Material Body with Space Frame Construction
Developing the Most Rigid-in-Class, Multi-Material Body
At the core of the NSX mission to deliver timeless sports car values is an aluminum-intensive, multi-material space frame. This innovative space frame represents a next-generation leap in body design with class-leading technology that is exclusive to Acura within the automotive market. Based on internal data, the all-new Acura NSX multi-material body is by far the most rigid in its competitive set.
While the all-aluminum monocoque body of the original NSX was ahead of its time, current aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel-intensive body architecture has been taken to the limit for supercar design.
"For this new NSX development, anything and everything that could offer incredible base rigidity and lightweight design was on the table," said Shawn Tarr, principal engineer and Acura NSX body development leader. "We considered all-aluminum unibody, carbon fiber monocoque and space frame designs and ultimately engineered a multi-material space frame because it offers the lowest weight and best rigidity, precision and hybrid powertrain packaging capability of any design."
A key advancement in casting technology allowed the NSX development team to realize a quantum leap in body design, for the first time being able to engineer a vehicle with castings in key locations for rigidity, that also support the ductility necessary for placement within crush zones.
World's First Application of Ablation Casting
The Acura NSX heralds the world's first application of ablation casting technology in the automotive industry. Ablation casting combines traditional casting methods with rapid cooling techniques to offer the design flexibility and rigidity of casting with the ductility and energy absorption characteristics of extruded material.
Traditional castings provide the ultimate rigidity in space frame and other body designs, but have traditionally suffered a major drawback: traditional castings are brittle. With the no-compromise performance goals of the NSX, a groundbreaking new casting method within the crush zones had to be used.
• The ablation process allows the ultra-rigid castings to be located within the crush zones and to function as large aluminum nodes, or junction points. Aluminum extrusions are then inserted into sockets in the ablation cast nodes, which act as fixtures that hold the space frame in place during welding.
• During the welding process, shorter stitch welds can be applied, enhancing the exceptional, repeatable precision of the NSX space frame construction by reducing heat deformation during the production process.
• Ablation castings also enable traditional aluminum castings to be used at strategic locations in the space frame and as the primary mounting points for suspension and power unit components, in addition to being the reference and temporary attachment points during the highly accurate space frame construction process.
• Full space frame construction and vehicle assembly are conducted on-site at the new Performance Manufacturing Centre (PMC) in Marysville, OH, providing a high level of quality control.
New A-Pillar Construction Technique
In addition to the world's first casting technology, the NSX applies an all-new three-dimensionally formed ultra-high-strength steel A-pillar that provides next-generation rigidity and precise shape specification tolerances.
The previous generation NSX had a thin A-pillar that provided very good outward visibility. Reflecting this heritage with modern rigidity and roof crush performance requirements demanded this new, ultra-high-strength production method.
Advanced Materials Strategy
NSX represents an advanced expression of modern body design theory: the strategic integration of multiple materials to achieve optimal body performance for numerous targets, including rigidity, dynamic response, superior fit-and-finish and occupant protection.
• The aluminum-intensive space frame is complimented with precisely crafted ultra-high-strength steel and anchored with a carbon fiber floor together producing body performance at its peak.
• For the new NSX, the body design and technologies are about more than just raw performance - a goal of any supercar development. In keeping with the human-centreed supercar concept, the NSX development team went further, to optimize how the car's performance capabilities are experienced by the driver through the body.
• Drivers will experience all of the on-the-rails handling provided by the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit because it is communicated in high-fidelity through the most rigid body in its class.
Total Airflow Management
Engineering a Next Generation Thermal and Aerodynamic Package via Total Airflow Management
To meet the challenge of the ambitious performance targets, radical packaging design and exotic styling for the next generation Acura NSX, the development team had to totally re-imagine the thermal and aerodynamic engineering for this modern supercar so that maximum energy is extracted from the flow of air around and through the NSX with the highest efficiency.
This new total airflow management strategy supports component cooling, aerodynamic performance (drag and downforce) at a very high level without the use of active aero technology, while also contributing to even more dynamic styling.
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used extensively during development to allow the U.S.-based development team to maximize the performance of a power unit being developed in Japan. CFD models were run on computers totaling many years' worth of computational uptime.
Thermal CFD was effectively used in two ways during development: first, for the proof-of-concept in establishing heat management strategy at the earliest development stage and second, for continuous thermal performance improvement as the vehicle matured through development. Extensive involvement of thermal CFD with design engineers during the development enabled maximum design optimization.
Along with the use of advanced CFD, wind tunnel and real world testing, the development team also employed computerized lap-time simulation models of some of the world's most legendary proving grounds that could then be run on chassis-dynamometers allowing testing and validation of computer models for thermal management.
• The all-new NSX employs 10 air-cooled heat exchangers responsible for cooling the front twin-motor unit (TMU), twin-turbo V6 engine, rear direct-drive electric motor and 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT).
• The all new, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine at the heart of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit requires the greatest cooling and receives it through three radiators: one centre and two side units to get maximum airflow volume and efficiency. The centre radiator is tilted forward 25-degress, allowing the largest, optimized configuration that best utilizes the inherent pressure gradient while maintaining the strict low centre of gravity targets of the NSX's Advance Sports Package.
• Condenser and power drive unit (PDU) coolers are efficiently packaged in front of the centre engine radiator.
• The TMU is cooled passively through strategic use of air in the front motor room and by a heat exchanger mounted in front of the right engine sub-radiator.
• The 9-speed DCT is cooled by two heat exchangers, one mounted in front of the left engine sub-radiator and the other in the engine compartment.
• Twin-intercoolers located in the signature side intakes are used to cool the intake air charge.
NSX achieves top-class aerodynamic balance and supercar aerodynamic downforce without the use of active aero. Aerodynamic drag is minimized, even while moving large airflows through NSX as it inhales and exhales. Aerodynamic downforce is created through the total airflow management focus on utilizing airflow through each vent, as NSX exhales, and through more traditional aerodynamic shape optimization.
NSX has undergone extensive testing at the company's state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Raymond, Ohio, using ultra-detailed 40-percent-scale models that replicate all of the intake and exhaust vents, heat exchangers and major under-hood components. These highly accurate scale models replicate drag and lift performance with near perfect approximation. It has been verified and put through its paces at the company's full-scale wind tunnel in Japan, and on real and simulated proving grounds throughout the world.
Total airflow management vents and precision ducting also help create strong, consistent downforce for NSX and were tuned to optimized forms with aerodynamicist and designer input during working wind tunnel sessions.
• Six vortices flow at the rear of the NSX including those that support creating the highest downforce across the rear deck lid.
• Flowing from below the car and exiting through meticulously optimized lower, rear diffuser fins is a critical vortex that further anchors NSX to the ground. Uniquely, the fins are not parallel to each other, but are narrower toward the front of the car and wider at the rear. This design creates low pressure and further maximizes downforce.
Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
The groundbreaking Sport Hybrid SH-AWD dynamic torque vectoring technology applied to this all-new NSX represents research and development that has been ongoing for well over two decades.
Next-generation torque vectoring
Acura has been continuously refining its advanced torque vectoring technology while in parallel developing new ways of accomplishing the timeless sports car values of lightweight, rigid chassis and potent powerplants. This all-new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD represents a system injected with more electric power, delivered more directly, managing more internal combustion power than any system Acura has engineered to date.
In keeping with the development team's 'human-centreed supercar' concept, the new NSX and its Sport Hybrid Super Handling drivetrain were truly engineered from the driver out. While the NSX provides a new sports experience with 'on rails handling,' its Super Handling technology was optimized to enhance the driving experience by responding instantaneously and intuitively to the will of the driver.
• Super Handling is brought to its pinnacle form in NSX where the strengths of electric motors -delivering zero delay acceleration - allows the NSX to offer dynamic torque vectoring even at low vehicle and engine speeds.
• Super Handling logic has progressed along a parallel path with hardware. While many advanced automotive technologies are focused on feedback, measurements of how the vehicle is reacting, NSX uniquely applies additional technology to focus on accurately responding to driver input through immediate, precise application of torque at each wheel at any moment.
• Using cutting edge computer-aided engineering (CAE) optimization software, engineers created a double-wishbone, double lower control arm front suspension that decouples the twin-motor unit (TMU) torque from the driver's experience at the steering wheel, providing timeless sports car steering communication to the driver with a new experience of on rails handling provided by the precise torque vectoring of the TMU.
• Variable gear ratio steering is applied to further enhance the confident, race-ready driving dynamics of the all-new NSX.
Sport-Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit
Powering the Sport Hybrid Power Unit with Racing Technologies
As announced at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the new NSX will utilize an all-new power unit from a clean sheet design. At its heart is an all-new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 engine that is mated to an all-new, Acura-developed 9-speed DCT with an electric motor that applies its torque directly to the crankshaft for higher output with immediate power delivery to the rear wheels.
• The new engine has a displacement of 3.5-liters and utilizes pinnacle racing technology, applying both direct and port injection to its design.
• The 75-degree V-angle and dry sump design optimizes engine rigidity and further supports the NSX's Advanced Sports Package by allowing the engine and components to be lowered in the chassis to the maximum extent, resulting in the lowest centre of gravity in its class. This also supports the advanced packaging of other engine components.
• The engine's dry sump design also helps maximize vehicle performance in high lateral-G conditions.
• The rear direct-drive electric motor applies its torque directly to the crankshaft.
• The 9-speed DCT's main, counter, secondary and output shaft design maximizes the advanced sports package through a configuration that lowers weight and helps to centre the mass nearer the driver.
April 19 Race Results
Danny Kent wins MOTO3 on Leopard Honda by over 10 Seconds.
Marc Marquez crashes during MOTO GP lead battle. Carl Crutchlow on his Honda finishes on the Podium
Fernado Alonso finishes 11th in F1 McLaren Honda
Marco Andretti top finishing Honda at Long Beach Indy Car Race
CANADIAN James Hinchcliffe and Honda Win in New Orleans
Single-stop pit strategy pays big dividends as James Hinchcliffe claims first win of 2015
James Jakes completes a 1-3 finish for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Simona de Silvestro runs fourth for Honda and Andretti Autosport
A gamble on pit strategy - making just a single pit stop for fuel and dry weather tires - rewarded Honda driver James Hinchcliffe with victory Sunday in the Indy Grand Prix of New Orleans, his first Verizon IndyCar Series win of 2015 and fourth career victory.
Hinchcliffe's Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, James Jakes, recovered from an early-race spin to finish third while Simona de Silvestro made it three Hondas in the top four positions at the end of a rain-and-crash shortened inaugural Indy car event at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Starting 16th on a damp, but drying, race track following heavy morning showers, Hinchcliffe pitted on Lap 13 for fuel and a change to the soft compound "Red" dry-weather tires. It would be his only stop of the 47-lap contest. Hinchcliffe cycled to the front of the field as others made additional stops, then maintained his advantage through a series of restarts in a caution-filled event that featured a total of six yellow flags for 26 laps.
After spinning on Lap 19, Jakes also went off-sequence and recovered to finish third, his first podium result since returning to Indy car competition this season, while de Silvestro gained more than a half-dozen positions on rain tires, then also went off-sequence to finish fourth.
James flew back to Toronto after his win on Sunday to be at the Blue Jays Honda Opener on Monday and to shoot the New Honda Checkered Flag Event commericals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Honda House owner John Elliot was pleased to meet and congratulate James Hinchcliffe at Monday's Baseball game.
James is now at the The Verizon IndyCar Series in California for the third round of the 16-race 2015 season, the Grand Prix of Long Beach, starting 4 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 19, with live television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
Video recaps from this weekend's Indy car race weekend in New Orleans, produced by the Carolinas Production Group, are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. The video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV
Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 2 of 16 rounds):
1. Juan Pablo Montoya 84 points (1 win) 6. Simona de Silvestro 44
2. Helio Castroneves 74 7. James Jakes 43
3. Will Power 70 Graham Rahal 43
4. James Hinchcliffe 65 (1 win) 9. Luca Filippi
5. Tony Kanaan 63 10. Simon Pagenaud
**McLaren Honda F1 Team struggles again at 2nd Round of
the F1 World Championships - another disappointment, the
focus is now on Round 3 Improvement - no one said it would
Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Dominates MotoGP at Round 2 -
Circuit of the Americas in Texas! Pole and Win!
Leopard Honda's Danny Kent Dominates Moto3 in Texas!
The first ever Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park, in
Louisiana. Race on Sunday April 12th at 2:30 Check your listings
This three-day weekend festival will attract party-goers from all over the world to witness this first-time action packed event. The newly designed NOLA Motorsports Park facility will feature a 2.74-mile track with 13 turns that incorporate passing zones suitable for the Verizon IndyCar Series. This event promises to offer outstanding racing, local New Orleans flare and family-friendly activities for all of those that attend.
Two New Motorsports Films are coming - Enzo Ferrari played by Robert
De Niro in "Ferrari" and a Movie about Paul Newman's Racing Career.
De Niro wants Clint Eastwood to direct.
Perhaps the Best Racing Movies ever made were Grand Prix, Le Mans, Senna and perhaps RUSH
Here is the UPDATED Grand Bend Raceway 2015 Car Lapping Days and Thursday Evening Schedule:
May 2 Saturday 9 - 5 Opening Car Lapping Day
May 21 Thursday
June 4 Thursday
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - all Thursdays
August 13, 27 - both Thursdays
September 10, 17, 24 - all Thursdays
Take your Honda out to Play on the Grand Bend Raceway Circuit. No Speed Limits - unleash your Honda.
The 10th Generation all New Honda Civics will be lots of Fun at the Bend in 2016. Watch for a Honda House Civic SI 1.5 VTEC Turbo!
Tough March 29th Weekend for Honda Racing -
Honda showed some improvement in pace at the Malaysia GP with both Alonso and Button able to pass a car or two, however both McLaren Hondas retired before the end of the Race. Ferrari with Vettel at the wheel took the win.
At the Indy Car opener Team Penske dominated. Hunter Raye was the Top Honda Finisher with his Andretti Motorsports Honda in 7th Position. The new Honda Aero Pack Front Wing appears to be Fragile and needs to be beefed up to with stand the bumping. Next Race is in New Orleans.
In MotoGP Motorcycle Racing Honda World Champion Marc Marquez who qualified second ran wind in the first corner to drop to last but made a spectacular run to finish 5th overall. Valentino Rossi took the win on his Yamaha.
McLaren Honda struggling in F1 - Race 2 this Weekend March 29
in Malasia - Alonso joins Button - the Challenge Continue
2015 Indy Car Season Opener Sunday March 29 @ 3 PM on ABC
Streets of St Petersburg Florida - See Canada's James Hinchcliffe in his
Powered by Honda Indy Car
Honda introduces new Honda Aero Kit for 2015 Indy Car Series
John Elliot's Honda House S2000 CR being prepared for 2015 Car Lapping Season
Grand Bend Raceway 2015 Car Lapping Thursday 5 - 9 Evening Schedule:
June 4 Thursday
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 13, 27
Honda House owner John Elliot's first car was a 1962 Austin Healy Sprite which was tarded into his father's Lincoln Mercury Dealership, Sandy Elliot Motors in 1965. John always loved road racing following the limited available Racing TV Coverage of the 1960s. Sandy took John to Detroit to see the Movie Grand Prix in Cinerama, John was hooked. His hero was Scotland's Jimmy Clark. After running go karts during his childhood the 62 Sprite was the next step. A trip to Toronto to pick up a roll bar and custom
steering wheel was next. In October of 1965 John Elliot entered his first race, a Hill Climb Competition near the lake which was hosted by the Chatham Sports Car Club. John was researching Road Racing Driving Schools at Mosport over that winter.
Sandy Elliot got a call from Ford Motor Company at that time asking him if he was interested in being involved in a Drag Race Program to promote Mercury Cyclones. Since there were no Road Race Courses this side of Toronto but a few Drag Strips, St Thomas, Grand Bend and Cayuga, Sandy decided to get involved in local motorsports. He had sponsored a dirt oval car in the 1950s. Sandy formed the Sandy Elliot Performance Centre Drag Racing Team with Barrie Poole and John Elliot. The Team ended up competing across North America from 1969 to 1971 with success that resulted in the Team being inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame.
That 1965 Hill Climb Competition in his 62 70 Horsepower Sprite still was on John's mind as well as the unfilled desire to run at Mosport. In 2010 he decided to get a sports car which resulted in an invitation to a Lapping day at Mosport in September of 2010. After a day of Driving Instruction and two 30 minute sessions on the legendary world famous Mosport Track, John was hooked. Now 61 years old, he decided this was just the beginning of entering Car Lapping on Road Racing Circuits. At this same time Grand Bend Motorplex was expanding their facility to include Grand Bend Raceway, a new Road Course built for Motorcycle and Car enthusiasts. No area Road Race Tracks prevented John from being involved in the 60s, now fifty years later he could learn to drive on a Circuit.
John invites you to discover the FUN of discovering the handling, braking and acceleration capabilities of your car. Grand Bend Raceway runs groups of Beginners, Intermediates and Experienced Drivers. Want more information, contact John. If a Senior Citizen can do it, so can you.