Honda Iowa IndyCar Talking Points

Iowa Corn Indy 250
Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday, June 23, 2013
ABC

COMPETITION

  • As the single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series from 2006-2011, Honda powered the winner of the first five races at Iowa Speedway, starting with Dario Franchitti at the inaugural 2007 event. Franchitti won again in 2009, while other Honda-powered race winners at Iowa include the late Dan Wheldon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2010) and Marco Andretti in 2011.

  • The twin IZOD IndyCar Series victories for Honda in Detroit earlier this month were the 198th and 199th wins for the manufacturer since it began Indy car competition in 1994. This total includes 100 race wins in seasons with manufacturer competition, as well as 99 victories in the six-year period (2006-2011) when Honda supplied engines to the full IndyCar Series field.

  • Simon Pagenaud's inaugural IndyCar win at the IndyCar Dual at Detroit was Honda's 100th victory against competition from other manufacturers. Honda-powered drivers have won three times this season, including two podium sweeps of the top-three finishing positions, and 10 podium finishes in nine races this season.

  • Honda's 2013 race victories have been recorded by Takuma Sato for A.J. Foyt Racing at Long Beach, Mike Conway with Dale Coyne Racing in the first of Detroit's two races, and Pagenaud of Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports in the finale at Detroit.

  • Honda drivers have two victory podium sweeps in 2013. At Long Beach, Honda drivers finished 1-4 (Sato, Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Dario Franchitti, respectively); and at the second Detroit "Dual", a Honda 1-5 result (Pagenaud, James Jakes, second; Conway, third; Scott Dixon, fourth and Franchitti fifth).

  • The 2013 season marks the second season of manufacturer competition in the IZOD IndyCar Series after six years of Honda serving as single engine supplier. Chevrolet and Honda are battling for supremacy throughout a season of 19 races.

  • On Wednesday, June 5, Honda announced that Pagenaud will drive a race-prepared Honda Odyssey at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month, part of a record 11-vehicle Honda effort taking part in the annual "Race to the Clouds". Built by Honda associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, the Odyssey features a turbocharged, intercooled V6 engine producing more than 500 hp, a full roll cage and race-tuned suspension and brakes.

HONDA PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY

  • In April 1993, Honda Performance Development was founded in Santa Clarita, California as the competition arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. HPD is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013 with a variety of events and activities.

  • In 20 years, HPD has grown from just a handful of staffers to approximately 150 associates; and from an engine-rebuilding facility to a complete motorsports Research & Development organization, engaged in programs ranging from pinnacle racing series including the IZOD IndyCar Series, FIA World Endurance Championship and American Le Mans Series; to grassroots and entry-level categories including karting, Quarter Midgets and Formula F competition.

  • Drivers and teams using HPD products have won 199 Indy car races and nine Indianapolis 500s, both in years with multi-manufacturer competition (1994-2005, 2012); and as single engine supplier to the IndyCar Series from 2006-2011.

  • During years of Indy car multi-manufacturer competition, Honda has claimed six Manufacturers' Championships, and Honda-powered drivers have won eight drivers' championships. No other manufacturer has won as many titles in the past 20 years.

  • HPD spearheaded championship-winning efforts in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 American Le Mans Series; the 2010 Le Mans Series; and powered the LMP2-winning team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 2010 and 2012. Last year, the Florida-based Starworks team became the first American team to win an FIA World Championship since 1969, claiming LMP2 honors in the 2012 World Endurance Championship using an HPD ARX-03b chassis and Honda HR28TT V6 engine, prepared and developed by HPD.

MARKETING

  • Honda driver, 2008 Indianapolis 500 and two-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will be the featured subject of this week's edition of INDYCAR 36, a weekly feature program on the NBC Sports Network that provides an in-depth look at an IndyCar driver throughout a typical race weekend.

  • This week's INDYCAR 36 follows Dixon as he takes part in the recent Firestone 550K at Texas Motor Speedway. The program is scheduled for an initial broadcast at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 20, on the NBC Sports Network, with additional airings to follow.

  • Two other Honda drivers, Detroit victor Pagenaud and his Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate, IndyCar rookie Tristan Vautier, are featured in "Inside the Indy Challenge", a series of nine documentary-style webcast videos featuring Honda and the Schmidt team. The video series debuted in April on www.insidetheindychallenge.com and a variety of social media channels, including Tumblr, YouTube, Ustream, Facebook and Twitter. Filmmakers were embedded with the Schmidt team for three race weekends – the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Indianapolis 500 – to provide an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Honda's IndyCar racing program.
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