Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:01:19 -0700 Corporate: MAVTV American Real 500 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) Fontana, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 154.867 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Clear, warm, 87 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>196.111 mph avg.; led 64 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+3.6750 seconds; led 5 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>14.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 85 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 17 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 4</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>12.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2014 IndyCar Series champion</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 3.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 1 lap</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 26 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 21</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – illness</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>   0</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not start – crash in practice</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Hinchcliffe Recovers for Fifth Place Finish at Fontana Finale</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Handling issues end Pagenaud championship challenge</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>500-mile 2014 season finale slowed by only a single caution</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Carlos Munoz claims Rookie of the Year honors</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe featured in Saturday night’s MAVTV American Real 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, but penalties for pit lane violations – and a spin by Hunter-Reay that brought out the only caution of the night – ended their hopes for victory in the 18th and final race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>Hinchcliffe recovered with a strong second-half run to finish fifth, his fourth top-five result of the season, while Takuma Sato also moved up in the final laps to take the checkers in sixth. Eighth-place was enough to secure season Rookie of the Year honors for Carlos Munoz, while Josef Newgarden rounded out the top ten finishers.</p> <p>Handling issues, which became apparent in the opening laps of tonight’s 250-lap contest, also ended the title hopes of Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud, who came into the race third in the drivers’ championship, but fell to fifth in the final tally after finishing a disappointing 20th.</p> <p>Pagenaud’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, was injured in a multi-car crash during practice Friday night. Aleshin is listed in stable condition at a local hospital, where he is being treated for chest injuries including fractured ribs, a broken collarbone and concussion.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s Indy car season finale at Auto Club Speedway are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p><strong>Final Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship </strong>(after 18 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>671 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>6. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>563 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>609 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>544 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>3. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>604 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>483</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>4. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>586 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>9. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>463</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>5. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>565 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>10. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>461 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers’ Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,393 (12 wins)</p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>James Hinchcliffe </strong>(#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 10th, finished 5th: </strong>“It was a roller-coaster of a race. Obviously, the car was bad-fast early, and we were able to go to the front. We probably stayed out too long on the first stint and lost a little track position. Then we got the drive-through [penalty, for speeding in pit lane], but luckily, we were able to stay on the lead lap and got the [caution flag] we needed to battle back a bit. The car was good on long runs, and luckily we had a lot of that tonight. George (Klotz, strategist) made a great call on pitting us early on that last stop and we were able to leap-frog some guys. We didn’t have anything for the top four, to be honest, but to come back after the penalty with a top five, we’re pretty pleased with that. Our thoughts are still with Mikhail [Aleshin], we missed him tonight and wish him a speedy recovery, and big thanks to all the fans for a season full of support."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 12th, finished 20th:</strong> “It was a long night and disappointing result. We came in with very high hopes for the championship. But when you reflect on the year, we’ve been strong at every race, won races, and had great results for the last three years with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports. We had a shot at the championship, but tonight was not our night. We’ve been quite strong on ovals this year, apart from tonight. To win the championship, we need to improve our finishing average, and that’s what we’ll work on for next year.”</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on tonight’s season finale: </strong>“We had several fast cars in the field tonight, so it was disappointing that we were unable to capitalize on that speed. But reflecting on the full 2014 season, we can take pride in the performance and reliability of our all-new twin-turbocharged engine, highlighted by our victory in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport and Ryan Hunter-Reay.</p> <p>Congratulations to Ryan and Simon Pagenaud for their successful, championship-contending seasons and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts all season long. We’ll put our heads down and come back faster and stronger in 2015.”</p> <p><strong>For a photo from tonight’s race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729</a></p> Corporate Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:31:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/fa50ac3b-86ef-4041-837f-c8b95a0edf35 http://hondanews.com/releases/fa50ac3b-86ef-4041-837f-c8b95a0edf35 MAVTV American Real 500 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Auto Club Speedway (2.0-mile oval) Fontana, Calif.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 154.867 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Clear, warm, 87 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>196.111 mph avg.; led 64 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+3.6750 seconds; led 5 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>14.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 3 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Led 85 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 17 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 4</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>12.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>2014 IndyCar Series champion</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 3.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 1 lap</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running; Led 26 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 21</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – illness</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>NS</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>   0</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not start – crash in practice</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Hinchcliffe Recovers for Fifth Place Finish at Fontana Finale</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Handling issues end Pagenaud championship challenge</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>500-mile 2014 season finale slowed by only a single caution</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Carlos Munoz claims Rookie of the Year honors</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe featured in Saturday night’s MAVTV American Real 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, but penalties for pit lane violations – and a spin by Hunter-Reay that brought out the only caution of the night – ended their hopes for victory in the 18th and final race of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>Hinchcliffe recovered with a strong second-half run to finish fifth, his fourth top-five result of the season, while Takuma Sato also moved up in the final laps to take the checkers in sixth. Eighth-place was enough to secure season Rookie of the Year honors for Carlos Munoz, while Josef Newgarden rounded out the top ten finishers.</p> <p>Handling issues, which became apparent in the opening laps of tonight’s 250-lap contest, also ended the title hopes of Honda-powered Simon Pagenaud, who came into the race third in the drivers’ championship, but fell to fifth in the final tally after finishing a disappointing 20th.</p> <p>Pagenaud’s Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, was injured in a multi-car crash during practice Friday night. Aleshin is listed in stable condition at a local hospital, where he is being treated for chest injuries including fractured ribs, a broken collarbone and concussion.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend’s Indy car season finale at Auto Club Speedway are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p><strong>Final Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship </strong>(after 18 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>671 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>6. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>563 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>609 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>544 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>3. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>604 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>483</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>4. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>586 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>9. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>463</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>5. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>565 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>10. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>461 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers’ Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,393 (12 wins)</p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td colspan="2"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>James Hinchcliffe </strong>(#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 10th, finished 5th: </strong>“It was a roller-coaster of a race. Obviously, the car was bad-fast early, and we were able to go to the front. We probably stayed out too long on the first stint and lost a little track position. Then we got the drive-through [penalty, for speeding in pit lane], but luckily, we were able to stay on the lead lap and got the [caution flag] we needed to battle back a bit. The car was good on long runs, and luckily we had a lot of that tonight. George (Klotz, strategist) made a great call on pitting us early on that last stop and we were able to leap-frog some guys. We didn’t have anything for the top four, to be honest, but to come back after the penalty with a top five, we’re pretty pleased with that. Our thoughts are still with Mikhail [Aleshin], we missed him tonight and wish him a speedy recovery, and big thanks to all the fans for a season full of support."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 12th, finished 20th:</strong> “It was a long night and disappointing result. We came in with very high hopes for the championship. But when you reflect on the year, we’ve been strong at every race, won races, and had great results for the last three years with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports. We had a shot at the championship, but tonight was not our night. We’ve been quite strong on ovals this year, apart from tonight. To win the championship, we need to improve our finishing average, and that’s what we’ll work on for next year.”</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on tonight’s season finale: </strong>“We had several fast cars in the field tonight, so it was disappointing that we were unable to capitalize on that speed. But reflecting on the full 2014 season, we can take pride in the performance and reliability of our all-new twin-turbocharged engine, highlighted by our victory in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport and Ryan Hunter-Reay.</p> <p>Congratulations to Ryan and Simon Pagenaud for their successful, championship-contending seasons and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts all season long. We’ll put our heads down and come back faster and stronger in 2015.”</p> <p><strong>For a photo from tonight’s race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101729</a></p> Corporate: Acura TLX GT takes on the challenging Sonoma Raceway road course <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ec77/5651/ec775651-0df4-46f2-bcf8-0135b21e72fa-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT takes on the challenging Sonoma Raceway road course Corporate Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:29:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-takes-on-the-challenging-sonoma-raceway-road-course http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-takes-on-the-challenging-sonoma-raceway-road-course Acura TLX GT takes on the challenging Sonoma Raceway road course <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ec77/5651/ec775651-0df4-46f2-bcf8-0135b21e72fa-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT takes on the challenging Sonoma Raceway road course Corporate: Peter Cunningham piloting the Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/aad7/e4c3/aad7e4c3-1638-4de4-a692-f06705eb235f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Peter Cunningham piloting the Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway Corporate Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:29:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/peter-cunningham-piloting-the-acura-tlx-gt-at-sonoma-raceway http://hondanews.com/photos/peter-cunningham-piloting-the-acura-tlx-gt-at-sonoma-raceway Peter Cunningham piloting the Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/aad7/e4c3/aad7e4c3-1638-4de4-a692-f06705eb235f-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Peter Cunningham piloting the Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway Corporate: Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/46d7/6b41/46d76b41-f8f2-4792-9fa3-ae30900ea1ef-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway Corporate Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:29:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-at-sonoma-raceway http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-at-sonoma-raceway Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/46d7/6b41/46d76b41-f8f2-4792-9fa3-ae30900ea1ef-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT at Sonoma Raceway Corporate: American Honda Signs Cole Seely to Factory Team <p>American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has signed Cole Seely to its factory supercross/motocross team with a multiyear contract. As a member of the Troy Lee Designs Honda satellite squad, Seely this year finished a close second in the AMA Supercross series' 250 West title chase and also performed well during three appearances as a substitute rider on Team Muscle Milk in the premier class. Now Seely will campaign a Honda CRF450R alongside Trey Canard in the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross championships.</p> <p><em>"I'm really excited to be with the Honda team," Seely said. "We've worked together in the past, and we have great chemistry together. It's my dream team, and it's nice to officially be a part of it now. I really like the CRF450R too, ever since they introduced the new chassis. The geometry is great, and I think I fit it well. I know what I'm getting into, and I think it's going to come down to preparation during the pre-season and getting the bike dialed in right for when Anaheim 1 comes around. Fortunately, I have a great group of guys to help with that."</em></p> <p>A natural supercross rider with a fluid riding style, Seely has also made progress in the outdoor setting, finishing the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season well inside the top ten in the 250 points for the first time.</p> <p><em>"We're excited to welcome Cole into Honda's factory team," said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. "While racing a CRF250R with Troy Lee Designs Honda, he has shown that he is a talented rider, and he performed well at the top level while willingly stepping in to help out our factory team this year. He has a solid base and it's great that he'll be staying with Honda as he makes this next important step in his career."</em></p> <p><strong>Cole Seely Bio</strong><br> Cole Seely's background as an amateur BMX and motocross racer prepared him well for when he turned pro in 2009, and he signed for Troy Lee Designs Honda for the following season. In 2011, Seely tallied a pair of supercross victories, both in the 250 West class. He added another the following year, and 2013 saw him finish third in the series points standings. This past season is when the Californian came into his own, notching a pair of 250SX West wins and challenging for the class title up until the final round before eventually settling for second. Since 2011, Cole has also occasionally pitched in as a substitute 450 rider for the factory Honda team, and he scored a podium finish in the premier class at Indianapolis this year.</p> <p><strong>Date of Birth:</strong> March 10, 1990 (24 years old)<br> <strong>Birthplace:</strong> Westlake Village, CA<br> <strong>Residence:</strong> Laguna Beach, CA<br> <strong>Height:</strong> 5'10"<br> <strong>Weight:</strong> 155 lbs.<br> <strong>Racing Number: </strong>21<br> <strong>Motorcycle:</strong> Honda CRF450R</p> <p><strong>About American Honda: </strong>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to <a href="http://www.powersports.honda.com.">www.powersports.honda.com.</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:16:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/293156d0-de28-4acc-bc49-2938ca0dc12e http://hondanews.com/releases/293156d0-de28-4acc-bc49-2938ca0dc12e American Honda Signs Cole Seely to Factory Team <p>American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has signed Cole Seely to its factory supercross/motocross team with a multiyear contract. As a member of the Troy Lee Designs Honda satellite squad, Seely this year finished a close second in the AMA Supercross series' 250 West title chase and also performed well during three appearances as a substitute rider on Team Muscle Milk in the premier class. Now Seely will campaign a Honda CRF450R alongside Trey Canard in the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross championships.</p> <p><em>"I'm really excited to be with the Honda team," Seely said. "We've worked together in the past, and we have great chemistry together. It's my dream team, and it's nice to officially be a part of it now. I really like the CRF450R too, ever since they introduced the new chassis. The geometry is great, and I think I fit it well. I know what I'm getting into, and I think it's going to come down to preparation during the pre-season and getting the bike dialed in right for when Anaheim 1 comes around. Fortunately, I have a great group of guys to help with that."</em></p> <p>A natural supercross rider with a fluid riding style, Seely has also made progress in the outdoor setting, finishing the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season well inside the top ten in the 250 points for the first time.</p> <p><em>"We're excited to welcome Cole into Honda's factory team," said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. "While racing a CRF250R with Troy Lee Designs Honda, he has shown that he is a talented rider, and he performed well at the top level while willingly stepping in to help out our factory team this year. He has a solid base and it's great that he'll be staying with Honda as he makes this next important step in his career."</em></p> <p><strong>Cole Seely Bio</strong><br> Cole Seely's background as an amateur BMX and motocross racer prepared him well for when he turned pro in 2009, and he signed for Troy Lee Designs Honda for the following season. In 2011, Seely tallied a pair of supercross victories, both in the 250 West class. He added another the following year, and 2013 saw him finish third in the series points standings. This past season is when the Californian came into his own, notching a pair of 250SX West wins and challenging for the class title up until the final round before eventually settling for second. Since 2011, Cole has also occasionally pitched in as a substitute 450 rider for the factory Honda team, and he scored a podium finish in the premier class at Indianapolis this year.</p> <p><strong>Date of Birth:</strong> March 10, 1990 (24 years old)<br> <strong>Birthplace:</strong> Westlake Village, CA<br> <strong>Residence:</strong> Laguna Beach, CA<br> <strong>Height:</strong> 5'10"<br> <strong>Weight:</strong> 155 lbs.<br> <strong>Racing Number: </strong>21<br> <strong>Motorcycle:</strong> Honda CRF450R</p> <p><strong>About American Honda: </strong>American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to <a href="http://www.powersports.honda.com.">www.powersports.honda.com.</a></p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate: Canard Dominates Season Finale and Scores Career-First 450 Overall <p>This past weekend, Tooele's state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park hosted the second annual Zions Bank Utah National, marking the season finale for the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard dominated the day's 450 competition by sweeping both motos to clinch his career-first overall win. Canard capped off a successful season by winning four of the last six motos, and wrapping up third in the championship series. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac had a solid showing, landing third on the podium with 4-3 scores.</p> <p><strong>450 Race</strong><br> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard seemed very comfortable aboard his Honda CRF450R as he attacked the slick Utah track en route to his first-career overall win with 1-1 finishes. After showing incredible speed in the morning's qualifying practice, Canard secured third gate pick heading into the day's opening race. When the gate dropped in moto one, Canard rocketed off the line to the Motorsports.com holeshot and never looked back. He rode unchallenged throughout the entire 30-minute plus two-lap race to win by a margin of seven seconds. Canard was able to replicate that performance in moto two, grabbing the holeshot once again and leading wire-to-wire all the way to the checkered.</p> <p>"I've gotten more comfortable in the last few weeks. We made bike changes and it was instant for me in gaining more confidence," explained Canard on his end of season success. "I really have to attribute that to the team and I've had a lot of fun. I've been through such a roller coaster career I thought that if I didn't win today then it would be hard to ever win. I just wanted to put two motos together to give us momentum going into next year." </p> <p>During Fredrik Noren's final appearance with Team Honda Muscle Milk he posted two impressive come-from-behind performances to secure eighth for the day, moving him into 10th overall in the championship. In moto one, Noren launched off the line and rounded the first turn just outside the top 10. By the completion of the opening lap, he had moved into eighth but went down a couple laps later, sending him back to 28th. He remounted his CRF450R and began a noteworthy charge through the field that ultimately landed him tenth. In moto two, Noren got tangled in a multi-rider pile up on the start straight, leaving him nearly last. Throughout the 30-minute plus two-lap race, the Swedish native made a valiant run, passing 23 riders to claim ninth.</p> <p>"Today was up and down for sure," stated Noren "I started the day qualifying fourth, which is the best that I have ever done. It sure does make it a lot more fun when you know you are doing so well during practice. I had some problems in both motos with crashes but was able to finish 10-9 for eighth overall. I really wanted to finish the end of the season with a higher result but I am happy with another top 10, and finishing 10th in the championship. I can't thank Team Honda Muscle Milk enough for giving me this opportunity and I hope I made them proud throughout my time with them."</p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac rebounded after a tough weekend in Indiana to wrap up the 2014 season with 4-3 marks for a solid third-place overall finish. Despite only competing in eight of the 12 rounds this summer, Tomac still finished fifth in the season points standings by scoring one win and seven additional podiums. "Being on the podium again is awesome," stated Tomac. "For my first 450 season, I'm somewhat satisfied I would say. I got seven podiums and was able to score my first-career 450 win, which is a huge accomplishment. Hopefully next year I can start the series fresh and go for the championship."</p> <p><strong>250 Race</strong><br> The Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda 250 team had a roller coaster 2014 season but they brought it to an impressive close, posting three top-10 finishes. Justin Bogle led the team's effort, finishing fourth overall with 6-2 scores. Bogle, the reigning 250 East Supercross champion ended up fifth in the points standings. "Today was good," said Bogle. "I actually felt like I rode really well both motos. I didn't get the best start in the first moto and actually made quite a few passes on quite a few people. I felt good but just didn't get the result I wanted. I got a better start in the second moto and worked my way into second but Jeremy (Martin) was riding incredible and was already gone. I'm happy with my performance. It was one of my best motos of the season."</p> <p>Teammate Zach Osborne had the best performance of his short season with seventh- and ninth-place moto finishes for ninth overall. In only his third professional motocross appearance, RJ Hampshire finished an impressive tenth with 9-11 scores. Lastly, Zach Bell fought through the pain of a broken collarbone to finish 16th overall.</p> <p><strong>The Focus: Honda World</strong><br> This past Friday, Honda World in South Jordan, UT, played host to the third dealer appearance the Honda Red Riders have attended since the start of the outdoor motocross season. Tons of people showed up for the event that included autographs and even a chance to win a signed Trey Canard helmet that he wore at the Unadilla National. Canard and Noren were on hand, along with Tomac, Bogle, Osborne, Bell and Hampshire, and Troy Lee Design/Lucas Oil/Honda's Cole Seely, Jessy Nelson and Shane McElrath. </p> <p><strong>450 Class Overall Results</strong><br> <strong>1. Trey Canard (Honda) 1-1 </strong><br> 2<strong>.</strong> Ryan Dungey 2-2<br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 3-4 <br> 5.<strong> </strong>Brett Metcalfe 7-5<br> 6. Ryan Sipes 9-6<br> 7.<strong> </strong>Andrew Short 6-12<strong></strong><br> <strong>8. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 10-9</strong><br> 9. Weston Peick 13-7<br> 10. Justin Brayton 12-8</p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 12 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1.<strong> </strong>Ken Roczen 532<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 518<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 468</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 334<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 319</strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 302<br> 7.<strong> </strong>Weston Peick 290<br> 8. Josh Grant 259<br> 9.<strong> </strong>James Stewart 226<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren 207</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results<br> </strong>1. Jeremy Martin 1-1<br> 2. Blake Baggett 3-3<br> 3.<strong> </strong>Cooper Webb 2-4<br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 6-2</strong><br> 5. Marvin Musquin 4-5<br> 6. Chris Alldredge 5-8<br> 7. Joey Savatgy 8-7<br> 8. Dean Wilson 10-6<br> <strong>9. Zach Osborne (Honda) 7-9</strong><br> <strong>10. RJ Hampshire (Honda) 9-11</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 12 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 500<br> 2. Blake Baggett 421<br> 3. Cooper Webb 419<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 408<br> <strong>5. Justin Bogle 368</strong><br> 6. Christopher Pourcel 355<strong><br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 276<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 260</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 252</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 230<br> <br> </p> Corporate Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:13:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/777d316e-8387-4183-bc24-5d57f88b1932 http://hondanews.com/releases/777d316e-8387-4183-bc24-5d57f88b1932 Canard Dominates Season Finale and Scores Career-First 450 Overall <p>This past weekend, Tooele's state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park hosted the second annual Zions Bank Utah National, marking the season finale for the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard dominated the day's 450 competition by sweeping both motos to clinch his career-first overall win. Canard capped off a successful season by winning four of the last six motos, and wrapping up third in the championship series. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac had a solid showing, landing third on the podium with 4-3 scores.</p> <p><strong>450 Race</strong><br> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard seemed very comfortable aboard his Honda CRF450R as he attacked the slick Utah track en route to his first-career overall win with 1-1 finishes. After showing incredible speed in the morning's qualifying practice, Canard secured third gate pick heading into the day's opening race. When the gate dropped in moto one, Canard rocketed off the line to the Motorsports.com holeshot and never looked back. He rode unchallenged throughout the entire 30-minute plus two-lap race to win by a margin of seven seconds. Canard was able to replicate that performance in moto two, grabbing the holeshot once again and leading wire-to-wire all the way to the checkered.</p> <p>"I've gotten more comfortable in the last few weeks. We made bike changes and it was instant for me in gaining more confidence," explained Canard on his end of season success. "I really have to attribute that to the team and I've had a lot of fun. I've been through such a roller coaster career I thought that if I didn't win today then it would be hard to ever win. I just wanted to put two motos together to give us momentum going into next year." </p> <p>During Fredrik Noren's final appearance with Team Honda Muscle Milk he posted two impressive come-from-behind performances to secure eighth for the day, moving him into 10th overall in the championship. In moto one, Noren launched off the line and rounded the first turn just outside the top 10. By the completion of the opening lap, he had moved into eighth but went down a couple laps later, sending him back to 28th. He remounted his CRF450R and began a noteworthy charge through the field that ultimately landed him tenth. In moto two, Noren got tangled in a multi-rider pile up on the start straight, leaving him nearly last. Throughout the 30-minute plus two-lap race, the Swedish native made a valiant run, passing 23 riders to claim ninth.</p> <p>"Today was up and down for sure," stated Noren "I started the day qualifying fourth, which is the best that I have ever done. It sure does make it a lot more fun when you know you are doing so well during practice. I had some problems in both motos with crashes but was able to finish 10-9 for eighth overall. I really wanted to finish the end of the season with a higher result but I am happy with another top 10, and finishing 10th in the championship. I can't thank Team Honda Muscle Milk enough for giving me this opportunity and I hope I made them proud throughout my time with them."</p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac rebounded after a tough weekend in Indiana to wrap up the 2014 season with 4-3 marks for a solid third-place overall finish. Despite only competing in eight of the 12 rounds this summer, Tomac still finished fifth in the season points standings by scoring one win and seven additional podiums. "Being on the podium again is awesome," stated Tomac. "For my first 450 season, I'm somewhat satisfied I would say. I got seven podiums and was able to score my first-career 450 win, which is a huge accomplishment. Hopefully next year I can start the series fresh and go for the championship."</p> <p><strong>250 Race</strong><br> The Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda 250 team had a roller coaster 2014 season but they brought it to an impressive close, posting three top-10 finishes. Justin Bogle led the team's effort, finishing fourth overall with 6-2 scores. Bogle, the reigning 250 East Supercross champion ended up fifth in the points standings. "Today was good," said Bogle. "I actually felt like I rode really well both motos. I didn't get the best start in the first moto and actually made quite a few passes on quite a few people. I felt good but just didn't get the result I wanted. I got a better start in the second moto and worked my way into second but Jeremy (Martin) was riding incredible and was already gone. I'm happy with my performance. It was one of my best motos of the season."</p> <p>Teammate Zach Osborne had the best performance of his short season with seventh- and ninth-place moto finishes for ninth overall. In only his third professional motocross appearance, RJ Hampshire finished an impressive tenth with 9-11 scores. Lastly, Zach Bell fought through the pain of a broken collarbone to finish 16th overall.</p> <p><strong>The Focus: Honda World</strong><br> This past Friday, Honda World in South Jordan, UT, played host to the third dealer appearance the Honda Red Riders have attended since the start of the outdoor motocross season. Tons of people showed up for the event that included autographs and even a chance to win a signed Trey Canard helmet that he wore at the Unadilla National. Canard and Noren were on hand, along with Tomac, Bogle, Osborne, Bell and Hampshire, and Troy Lee Design/Lucas Oil/Honda's Cole Seely, Jessy Nelson and Shane McElrath. </p> <p><strong>450 Class Overall Results</strong><br> <strong>1. Trey Canard (Honda) 1-1 </strong><br> 2<strong>.</strong> Ryan Dungey 2-2<br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 3-4 <br> 5.<strong> </strong>Brett Metcalfe 7-5<br> 6. Ryan Sipes 9-6<br> 7.<strong> </strong>Andrew Short 6-12<strong></strong><br> <strong>8. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 10-9</strong><br> 9. Weston Peick 13-7<br> 10. Justin Brayton 12-8</p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 12 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1.<strong> </strong>Ken Roczen 532<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 518<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 468</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 334<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 319</strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 302<br> 7.<strong> </strong>Weston Peick 290<br> 8. Josh Grant 259<br> 9.<strong> </strong>James Stewart 226<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren 207</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results<br> </strong>1. Jeremy Martin 1-1<br> 2. Blake Baggett 3-3<br> 3.<strong> </strong>Cooper Webb 2-4<br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 6-2</strong><br> 5. Marvin Musquin 4-5<br> 6. Chris Alldredge 5-8<br> 7. Joey Savatgy 8-7<br> 8. Dean Wilson 10-6<br> <strong>9. Zach Osborne (Honda) 7-9</strong><br> <strong>10. RJ Hampshire (Honda) 9-11</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 12 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 500<br> 2. Blake Baggett 421<br> 3. Cooper Webb 419<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 408<br> <strong>5. Justin Bogle 368</strong><br> 6. Christopher Pourcel 355<strong><br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 276<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 260</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 252</strong><br> 10. 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road course) Sonoma, CA<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 86.401 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 64 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td><strong>Fn.</strong></td> <td><strong>St.</strong></td> <td><strong>Driver</strong></td> <td><strong>Team</strong></td> <td><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></td> <td><strong>Laps</strong></td> <td><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>3.</td> <td>Scott Dixon</td> <td>Chip Ganassi Racing</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>94.026 mph avg.; led 3 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>10.</strong></td> <td><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>+1.1359 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></td> <td><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 1 lap</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5.</td> <td>19.</td> <td>Helio Castroneves</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>6.</strong></td> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></td> <td><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>7.</strong></td> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>8.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>16.</strong></td> <td><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>10.</td> <td>1.</td> <td>Will Power</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>Led 33 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="7"><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>12.</strong></td> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>18.</strong></td> <td><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>19.</strong></td> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>14.</strong></td> <td><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></td> <td><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running; led 18 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>22.</strong></td> <td><strong>21.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>28</strong></td> <td><strong>Did not finish – mechanical</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rahal's Fuel Gamble Comes Up Just Short for Honda at Sonoma</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Second for Hunter-Reay, third for Pagenaud keep both in the title chase</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin again leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers claim seven of top-10 finishing positions</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race featuring multiple fuel and tire strategies, a bold gamble by Graham Rahal and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team allowed them to lead 18 laps of Sunday's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, but the bid by the second-generation racer for his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory of 2014 came up just short, forcing him out of the lead and into pit lane for a splash of fuel with only three laps remaining.  </p> <p>The late stop dropped Rahal to an unrepresentative 20th-place result behind winner Scott Dixon, but fellow Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud kept their drivers' championship hopes alive by finishing second and third, respectively, in today's 85-lap contest at Sonoma Raceway. Both go into next weekend's season finale fighting for the title with series leaders Will Power and Helio Castroneves.</p> <p>A.J. Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato was another driver to take advantage of early caution flags to go "off sequence" in his pit strategy, taking him from 20th on the starting grid to fourth at the checkers. Josef Newgarden contended for the lead throughout the first half of the race before fading slightly to finish sixth, while Mikhail Aleshin led the rookie contingent for the second race in succession, finishing seventh for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.</p> <p>Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson maintained their own private battle throughout the race, with Andretti claiming eighth in the closing laps. Wilson then fought off Power and Sebastien Bourdais in the run from the final corner to the checkers to claim ninth. </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car and Pirelli World Challenge action at Sonoma Raceway are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads south to Los Angeles for the final race of 2014, the MAVTV 500, Saturday night, August 30, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 17 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>626 points (3 wins)</td> <td>6. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>519 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>575 (1 win)</td> <td>7. Tony Kanaan</td> <td>443</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></td> <td><strong>545 (2 wins)</strong></td> <td>8. Sebastien Bourdais</td> <td>437 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>534 (3 wins)</strong></td> <td><strong>9. Carlos Munoz - R</strong></td> <td><strong>435</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5. Scott Dixon</td> <td>523 (2 wins)</td> <td><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>424</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>2,393 (11 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 13th, finished 3rd:</strong><strong>  </strong>"Sonoma is such a hard track to pass on, so we really made the race in the pits. The pit stops were awesome, and that's what helped us gain so many positions. Our strategy was very frustrating, very tough for me. I had to save so much fuel, but in the end we made it past [Mike] Conway in the last corner for third, which is fantastic. This morning, I never thought we would be third. I'm delighted, and we're going into Fontana with a chance at the title, which is very important to me and the team."</p> <p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong> (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda)<strong> started 14th, finished 20th, led 18 laps before making a late-race pit stop for fuel:</strong> "The National Guard car was great today. We fought hard and obviously we passed the guys that we needed to pass and got to the front. Unfortunately, we came up short again. We'll just have to keep working hard, and keep our heads down. We've got one more race to get the National Guard a win, and I hope we can do it. For a while I thought it might happen today. We were taking extreme measures [to stretch the fuel], and running with all kinds of stuff off to try to get an extra bit of fuel. It just wasn't enough. I said to the team in the pre-race strategy meeting 'Guys, a double, triple, or homerun doesn't do anything for us now. Only a Grand Slam does.' But we missed."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development)<strong> on today's race:</strong> "This was a good race for Honda, and many of our teams, with seven of the top-10 finishing positions. I feel bad for Graham [Rahal]; having to pit for fuel while leading, so close to the finish and after such an excellent performance, had to be tremendously disappointing. Congratulations to Ryan and Simon for their strong runs today to keep their championship hopes alive going into next weekend's finale in Fontana, and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts this weekend."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728</a></p> Corporate Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:28:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/0a81d9f7-d048-4af4-bdd0-5cf42e63e047 http://hondanews.com/releases/0a81d9f7-d048-4af4-bdd0-5cf42e63e047 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Will Power (Team Penske) 86.401 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Sunny, mild, 64 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td><strong>Fn.</strong></td> <td><strong>St.</strong></td> <td><strong>Driver</strong></td> <td><strong>Team</strong></td> <td><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></td> <td><strong>Laps</strong></td> <td><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1.</td> <td>3.</td> <td>Scott Dixon</td> <td>Chip Ganassi Racing</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>94.026 mph avg.; led 3 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>10.</strong></td> <td><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>+1.1359 seconds</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></td> <td><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 1 lap</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5.</td> <td>19.</td> <td>Helio Castroneves</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>6.</strong></td> <td><strong>2.</strong></td> <td><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></td> <td><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>7.</strong></td> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Schmidt Peterson</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>8.</strong></td> <td><strong>13.</strong></td> <td><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>16.</strong></td> <td><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>10.</td> <td>1.</td> <td>Will Power</td> <td>Team Penske</td> <td>Chevrolet Dallara</td> <td>85</td> <td>Led 33 laps</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="7"><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>12.</strong></td> <td><strong>4.</strong></td> <td><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>15.</strong></td> <td><strong>18.</strong></td> <td><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>19.</strong></td> <td><strong>9.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>20.</strong></td> <td><strong>14.</strong></td> <td><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></td> <td><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>85</strong></td> <td><strong>Running; led 18 laps</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>22.</strong></td> <td><strong>21.</strong></td> <td><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></td> <td><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></td> <td><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></td> <td><strong>28</strong></td> <td><strong>Did not finish – mechanical</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Rahal's Fuel Gamble Comes Up Just Short for Honda at Sonoma</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Second for Hunter-Reay, third for Pagenaud keep both in the title chase</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin again leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda drivers claim seven of top-10 finishing positions</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race featuring multiple fuel and tire strategies, a bold gamble by Graham Rahal and his Rahal Letterman Lanigan team allowed them to lead 18 laps of Sunday's GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, but the bid by the second-generation racer for his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory of 2014 came up just short, forcing him out of the lead and into pit lane for a splash of fuel with only three laps remaining.  </p> <p>The late stop dropped Rahal to an unrepresentative 20th-place result behind winner Scott Dixon, but fellow Honda drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud kept their drivers' championship hopes alive by finishing second and third, respectively, in today's 85-lap contest at Sonoma Raceway. Both go into next weekend's season finale fighting for the title with series leaders Will Power and Helio Castroneves.</p> <p>A.J. Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato was another driver to take advantage of early caution flags to go "off sequence" in his pit strategy, taking him from 20th on the starting grid to fourth at the checkers. Josef Newgarden contended for the lead throughout the first half of the race before fading slightly to finish sixth, while Mikhail Aleshin led the rookie contingent for the second race in succession, finishing seventh for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.</p> <p>Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson maintained their own private battle throughout the race, with Andretti claiming eighth in the closing laps. Wilson then fought off Power and Sebastien Bourdais in the run from the final corner to the checkers to claim ninth. </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car and Pirelli World Challenge action at Sonoma Raceway are being posted on the "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now heads south to Los Angeles for the final race of 2014, the MAVTV 500, Saturday night, August 30, at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 17 of 18 rounds):</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Will Power</td> <td>626 points (3 wins)</td> <td>6. Juan Pablo Montoya</td> <td>519 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2. Helio Castroneves</td> <td>575 (1 win)</td> <td>7. Tony Kanaan</td> <td>443</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></td> <td><strong>545 (2 wins)</strong></td> <td>8. Sebastien Bourdais</td> <td>437 (1 win)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></td> <td><strong>534 (3 wins)</strong></td> <td><strong>9. Carlos Munoz - R</strong></td> <td><strong>435</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>5. Scott Dixon</td> <td>523 (2 wins)</td> <td><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></td> <td><strong>424</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="2"><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1. Chevrolet</td> <td>2,393 (11 wins)</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>2. Honda</strong></td> <td><strong>1,542 (6 wins)</strong></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 13th, finished 3rd:</strong><strong>  </strong>"Sonoma is such a hard track to pass on, so we really made the race in the pits. The pit stops were awesome, and that's what helped us gain so many positions. Our strategy was very frustrating, very tough for me. I had to save so much fuel, but in the end we made it past [Mike] Conway in the last corner for third, which is fantastic. This morning, I never thought we would be third. I'm delighted, and we're going into Fontana with a chance at the title, which is very important to me and the team."</p> <p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong> (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda)<strong> started 14th, finished 20th, led 18 laps before making a late-race pit stop for fuel:</strong> "The National Guard car was great today. We fought hard and obviously we passed the guys that we needed to pass and got to the front. Unfortunately, we came up short again. We'll just have to keep working hard, and keep our heads down. We've got one more race to get the National Guard a win, and I hope we can do it. For a while I thought it might happen today. We were taking extreme measures [to stretch the fuel], and running with all kinds of stuff off to try to get an extra bit of fuel. It just wasn't enough. I said to the team in the pre-race strategy meeting 'Guys, a double, triple, or homerun doesn't do anything for us now. Only a Grand Slam does.' But we missed."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development)<strong> on today's race:</strong> "This was a good race for Honda, and many of our teams, with seven of the top-10 finishing positions. I feel bad for Graham [Rahal]; having to pit for fuel while leading, so close to the finish and after such an excellent performance, had to be tremendously disappointing. Congratulations to Ryan and Simon for their strong runs today to keep their championship hopes alive going into next weekend's finale in Fontana, and thanks again to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their efforts this weekend."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong></p> <p><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728" target="_blank">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101728</a></p> Corporate: TLX GT Sonoma Raceway Pirelli World Challenge Race Report <p><strong>Circuit</strong>: Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 75 degrees F </p> <p><strong>Start-Line Collision Ends Acura TLX GT Effort at Sonoma</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Stall at race start results in contact from behind</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Damage to chassis and suspension forces withdrawal</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Will return to competition after repairs, improvements </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A collision, just moments after the start, ended the race weekend for the Acura TLX GT in the Pirelli World Challenge event Saturday at Sonoma Raceway in California. The resulting damage to the RealTime Racing Acura was too severe to repair trackside, and the team was forced to withdraw from Sunday's second race of the scheduled weekend doubleheader.</p> <p>Driver Peter Cunningham qualified the TLX 21st in the large, 44-car starting field. But, after completing the pace lap and lining up for the standing start utilized in the Pirelli World Challenge, Cunningham stalled as he released the clutch, and the Acura was almost immediately struck from behind by the Aston Martin GT4 driven by Santiago Creel. Neither driver was injured in the resulting heavy contact, but both cars were out of the race.</p> <p>Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition. It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura's SH-AWD system.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Pirelli World Challenge and IndyCar Series action at Sonoma Raceway are being posted on a specially created "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge concludes September 12-13 with a final doubleheader race weekend at the Raceway at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.</p> <p><strong>Peter Cunningham</strong> (owner/driver, RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT): "It was my fault. For whatever reason, the car stalled when I released the clutch. I probably released it too quickly. I've never stalled at the [start] line before, and we've never had clutch issues with the Acura TLX, so we'll have to go back and review our starting procedure, and make sure it never happens again. I feel bad for everyone at RealTime Racing and HPD. To have our race end like this is disappointing for all involved."</p> Corporate Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:38:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/53e7637b-0df8-4bad-a700-dea6e962474d http://hondanews.com/releases/53e7637b-0df8-4bad-a700-dea6e962474d TLX GT Sonoma Raceway Pirelli World Challenge Race Report <p><strong>Circuit</strong>: Sonoma Raceway (2.385-mile road course) Sonoma, CA<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 75 degrees F </p> <p><strong>Start-Line Collision Ends Acura TLX GT Effort at Sonoma</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Stall at race start results in contact from behind</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Damage to chassis and suspension forces withdrawal</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Will return to competition after repairs, improvements </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A collision, just moments after the start, ended the race weekend for the Acura TLX GT in the Pirelli World Challenge event Saturday at Sonoma Raceway in California. The resulting damage to the RealTime Racing Acura was too severe to repair trackside, and the team was forced to withdraw from Sunday's second race of the scheduled weekend doubleheader.</p> <p>Driver Peter Cunningham qualified the TLX 21st in the large, 44-car starting field. But, after completing the pace lap and lining up for the standing start utilized in the Pirelli World Challenge, Cunningham stalled as he released the clutch, and the Acura was almost immediately struck from behind by the Aston Martin GT4 driven by Santiago Creel. Neither driver was injured in the resulting heavy contact, but both cars were out of the race.</p> <p>Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition. It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura's SH-AWD system.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Pirelli World Challenge and IndyCar Series action at Sonoma Raceway are being posted on a specially created "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge concludes September 12-13 with a final doubleheader race weekend at the Raceway at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.</p> <p><strong>Peter Cunningham</strong> (owner/driver, RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT): "It was my fault. For whatever reason, the car stalled when I released the clutch. I probably released it too quickly. I've never stalled at the [start] line before, and we've never had clutch issues with the Acura TLX, so we'll have to go back and review our starting procedure, and make sure it never happens again. I feel bad for everyone at RealTime Racing and HPD. To have our race end like this is disappointing for all involved."</p> Corporate: Fact Sheet: RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT <p>Developed from the production 2015 Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT race car features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge GT-class competition. It"s powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It also utilizes all-wheel drive, as found in Acura"s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).</p> <p>The Acura TLX GT is campaigned by Wisconsin-based RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history. Established in 1987 by owner/driver Peter Cunningham, RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, the team has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers" Championships and 14 Drivers" Championships.</p> <img align="center" src="http://hondanews.com/media_storage/new/acuraracecargt.jpg"> <p><strong>Race Series and Category:</strong> Pirelli World Challenge, GT-class<br> <strong>Team:</strong> RealTime Racing<br> <strong>Team Owner:</strong> Peter Cunningham<br> <strong>Driver:</strong> Peter Cunningham<br> <strong>Vehicle:</strong> 2015 Acura TLX 3.5L V6 SH-AWD<br> <strong>Engine:</strong> Acura 3.5L V6 with direct injection, twin turbocharged (HR35TT)<br> <strong>Transmission:</strong> X-Trac Sequential 6-speed <br> <strong>Drivetrain:</strong> X-Trac motorsport all-wheel drive system<br> <strong>Suspension – Front:</strong> Modified MacPherson strut <br>  <strong>Rear: </strong>Multi-link<br> <strong>Brakes: </strong>380x32T 6-piston front / 355x32T 4-piston rear<br> <strong>Body Construction: </strong>Modified original steel monocoque with carbon fiber fascia, hood, fenders, doors, trunk, and roof<br> <strong>Special Features:</strong> Carbon fiber front splitter and rear wing, air jacks, on-board data system, etc.</p> <p>About Honda Performance Development <br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company"s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda"s success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers" championships, six manufacturers" championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD"s prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company"s sports car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD"s LM-V8 engine; and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers", engine, team and drivers" championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries. </p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company"s racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.   </p> <p><strong>High-resolution images of the Acura TLX GT are available on the Acura Media Newsroom:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-motorsports/photos/acura-tlx-gt-debuts-at-mid-ohio-sports-car-course" target="_blank">http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-motorsports/photos/acura-tlx-gt-debuts-at-mid-ohio-sports-car-course</a></p> <p><strong>For more information about the 2015 Acura TLX production car:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx" target="_blank">http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx</a></p> <p> </p> <p># # #</p> Corporate Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:55:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/8e7fe71f-239b-46ad-ae7a-d7af9f226545 http://hondanews.com/releases/8e7fe71f-239b-46ad-ae7a-d7af9f226545 Fact Sheet: RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT <p>Developed from the production 2015 Acura TLX by HPD, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., the Acura TLX GT race car features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge GT-class competition. It"s powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the normally aspirated, production TLX luxury sport sedan. It also utilizes all-wheel drive, as found in Acura"s Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).</p> <p>The Acura TLX GT is campaigned by Wisconsin-based RealTime Racing, the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge history. Established in 1987 by owner/driver Peter Cunningham, RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products. Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, the team has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers" Championships and 14 Drivers" Championships.</p> <img align="center" src="http://hondanews.com/media_storage/new/acuraracecargt.jpg"> <p><strong>Race Series and Category:</strong> Pirelli World Challenge, GT-class<br> <strong>Team:</strong> RealTime Racing<br> <strong>Team Owner:</strong> Peter Cunningham<br> <strong>Driver:</strong> Peter Cunningham<br> <strong>Vehicle:</strong> 2015 Acura TLX 3.5L V6 SH-AWD<br> <strong>Engine:</strong> Acura 3.5L V6 with direct injection, twin turbocharged (HR35TT)<br> <strong>Transmission:</strong> X-Trac Sequential 6-speed <br> <strong>Drivetrain:</strong> X-Trac motorsport all-wheel drive system<br> <strong>Suspension – Front:</strong> Modified MacPherson strut <br>  <strong>Rear: </strong>Multi-link<br> <strong>Brakes: </strong>380x32T 6-piston front / 355x32T 4-piston rear<br> <strong>Body Construction: </strong>Modified original steel monocoque with carbon fiber fascia, hood, fenders, doors, trunk, and roof<br> <strong>Special Features:</strong> Carbon fiber front splitter and rear wing, air jacks, on-board data system, etc.</p> <p>About Honda Performance Development <br> HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda, to spearhead the company"s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda"s success in Indy cars, which includes 204 race victories, 15 drivers" championships, six manufacturers" championships and nine consecutive Indianapolis 500 victories. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship; and Tristan Vautier to series Rookie of the Year honors.</p> <p>HPD"s prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 60 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company"s sports car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD"s LM-V8 engine; and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. In 2013, HPD and Honda again swept the LMP1 and LMP2 manufacturers", engine, team and drivers" championships in the American Le Mans Series; while HPD-equipped Strakka Racing claimed the LMP1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for private team entries. </p> <p>HPD participates in competition on both two wheels and four. The company offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company"s racing and Street Performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com" target="_blank">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.   </p> <p><strong>High-resolution images of the Acura TLX GT are available on the Acura Media Newsroom:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-motorsports/photos/acura-tlx-gt-debuts-at-mid-ohio-sports-car-course" target="_blank">http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-motorsports/photos/acura-tlx-gt-debuts-at-mid-ohio-sports-car-course</a></p> <p><strong>For more information about the 2015 Acura TLX production car:</strong><br> <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx" target="_blank">http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles-tlx</a></p> <p> </p> <p># # #</p> Corporate: 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/da70/b2b2/da70b2b2-c938-423b-9b4a-cf1043ef66a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies Corporate Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-safety-and-driver-assistive-technologies http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fit-safety-and-driver-assistive-technologies 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/da70/b2b2/da70b2b2-c938-423b-9b4a-cf1043ef66a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda Fit Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies Corporate: All-New 2015 Honda Fit Earns a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety <ul> <li><strong><em>Voluntary product update will enable early-production vehicles to match the 2014 </em>TOP SAFETY PICK<em> rating </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>No other manufacturer has more top-safety rated vehicles built in America than American Honda<sup>1</sup> </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The 2015 Honda Fit (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/</a>), the standout choice in the subcompact segment, has received a 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>ratingfrom the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This includes a top rating of <em>GOOD</em> in four IIHS crash test modes and an <em>ACCEPTABLE</em> score in the Insurance Institute's stringent small overlap frontal crash test. No vehicle in its class has received a higher rating than Fit in this IIHS test procedure. </p> <p>  "Honda's deep-rooted commitment to safety and to our customers is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we were not satisfied with anything but a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> for the new 2015 Honda Fit," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda. "Vehicle by vehicle, our engineers are passionate about developing safety technologies that consumers have come to trust and expect from Honda."</p> <p> An early-production 2015 Honda Fit was originally tested in March for the 2014 award year by IIHS and earned a <em>GOOD</em> in four out of five IIHS crash test modes and a <em>MARGINAL</em> score in the challenging small overlap frontal crash test. Demonstrating a strong commitment to safety, Honda engineers responded quickly with a modification to the Fit's front bumper structure. Subsequent testing by IIHS confirmed the success of the design change, which has been incorporated into new vehicle production.</p> <p> "Though there is no regulatory requirement to do this, in keeping with Honda's long-standing commitment to safety and focus on its customers, Honda has voluntarily engineered a product update which will allow all early-production vehicles to share the 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating," said St. Cyr. </p> <p> In addition to changes in production models, approximately 12,000 early-production 2015 Honda Fit vehicles will be eligible for a product update involving a front bumper beam replacement, which will be completed free of charge at any Honda dealer in the United States. This update allows all early-production vehicles to qualify for a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating and the same score in the small overlap test as recently built models. Honda is announcing this voluntary product update to encourage all owners that purchased an early-production vehicle to take their new Fit to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this update from Honda. At that time, Fit owners will also have access to a special phone line that will allow them to determine if their vehicle is eligible for the update or if it already has the updated bumper design from the factory. Customers can access this information beginning in late-September by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.</p> <p> <strong>About the Fit</strong> <br> Already the benchmark subcompact in terms of passenger and cargo space and innovative features, occupant safety for the 2015 Honda Fit is further enhanced through the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The next-generation ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.</p> <p><strong>Key New Safety and Driver-Assistive Features:</strong><br> In addition to including the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure, the 2015 Fit features a host of standard active and passive safety features and includes many standard and available driver-assistive technologies.</p> <ul> <li>Driver and Front Passenger SmartVent™ Side Airbags</li> <li>Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor</li> <li>Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) – a feature of VSA</li> <li>Hill Start Assist</li> <li>Expanded View Driver's Mirror</li> <li>Honda LaneWatchTM</li> <li>Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines</li> </ul> <p>Standard safety equipment on all 2015 Honda and Acura models includes the next-generation of Honda's ACE™ body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags. </p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. </p> <p> Based in part on advancements to Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, American Honda today leads the industry in third-party crash test ratings, with more models achieving top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker. The company also is broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies such as LaneWatch, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning to its product lineup. Also, Honda has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to all of its light truck models and 95 percent of its passenger cars for model year 2014, and will achieve 100-percent application by 2015.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> # # #</p> <p> <sup>1</sup> Based on 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>and<em> TOP SAFETY PICK+ </em>ratings as of 8/21/2014, by brand for vehicles manufactured in the United States.  Honda and Acura vehicles are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> Corporate Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/facf810a-6b43-41eb-ab50-200c878b7458 http://hondanews.com/releases/facf810a-6b43-41eb-ab50-200c878b7458 All-New 2015 Honda Fit Earns a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety <ul> <li><strong><em>Voluntary product update will enable early-production vehicles to match the 2014 </em>TOP SAFETY PICK<em> rating </em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>No other manufacturer has more top-safety rated vehicles built in America than American Honda<sup>1</sup> </em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The 2015 Honda Fit (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/" target="_blank">http://automobiles.honda.com/fit/</a>), the standout choice in the subcompact segment, has received a 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>ratingfrom the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This includes a top rating of <em>GOOD</em> in four IIHS crash test modes and an <em>ACCEPTABLE</em> score in the Insurance Institute's stringent small overlap frontal crash test. No vehicle in its class has received a higher rating than Fit in this IIHS test procedure. </p> <p>  "Honda's deep-rooted commitment to safety and to our customers is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that we were not satisfied with anything but a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> for the new 2015 Honda Fit," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda. "Vehicle by vehicle, our engineers are passionate about developing safety technologies that consumers have come to trust and expect from Honda."</p> <p> An early-production 2015 Honda Fit was originally tested in March for the 2014 award year by IIHS and earned a <em>GOOD</em> in four out of five IIHS crash test modes and a <em>MARGINAL</em> score in the challenging small overlap frontal crash test. Demonstrating a strong commitment to safety, Honda engineers responded quickly with a modification to the Fit's front bumper structure. Subsequent testing by IIHS confirmed the success of the design change, which has been incorporated into new vehicle production.</p> <p> "Though there is no regulatory requirement to do this, in keeping with Honda's long-standing commitment to safety and focus on its customers, Honda has voluntarily engineered a product update which will allow all early-production vehicles to share the 2014 <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating," said St. Cyr. </p> <p> In addition to changes in production models, approximately 12,000 early-production 2015 Honda Fit vehicles will be eligible for a product update involving a front bumper beam replacement, which will be completed free of charge at any Honda dealer in the United States. This update allows all early-production vehicles to qualify for a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> rating and the same score in the small overlap test as recently built models. Honda is announcing this voluntary product update to encourage all owners that purchased an early-production vehicle to take their new Fit to an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification of this update from Honda. At that time, Fit owners will also have access to a special phone line that will allow them to determine if their vehicle is eligible for the update or if it already has the updated bumper design from the factory. Customers can access this information beginning in late-September by calling (800) 999-1009, and selecting option 4.</p> <p> <strong>About the Fit</strong> <br> Already the benchmark subcompact in terms of passenger and cargo space and innovative features, occupant safety for the 2015 Honda Fit is further enhanced through the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The next-generation ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.</p> <p><strong>Key New Safety and Driver-Assistive Features:</strong><br> In addition to including the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body-structure, the 2015 Fit features a host of standard active and passive safety features and includes many standard and available driver-assistive technologies.</p> <ul> <li>Driver and Front Passenger SmartVent™ Side Airbags</li> <li>Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor</li> <li>Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) – a feature of VSA</li> <li>Hill Start Assist</li> <li>Expanded View Driver's Mirror</li> <li>Honda LaneWatchTM</li> <li>Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines</li> </ul> <p>Standard safety equipment on all 2015 Honda and Acura models includes the next-generation of Honda's ACE™ body structure, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags. </p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. </p> <p> Based in part on advancements to Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, American Honda today leads the industry in third-party crash test ratings, with more models achieving top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other automaker. The company also is broadly applying advanced driver-assistive technologies such as LaneWatch, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning to its product lineup. Also, Honda has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to all of its light truck models and 95 percent of its passenger cars for model year 2014, and will achieve 100-percent application by 2015.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> # # #</p> <p> <sup>1</sup> Based on 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <em>TOP SAFETY PICK </em>and<em> TOP SAFETY PICK+ </em>ratings as of 8/21/2014, by brand for vehicles manufactured in the United States.  Honda and Acura vehicles are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> Corporate: CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance <ul> <li><strong><em>Accessory supercharger kit boosts powertrain output to 197 hp</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Full range of CR-Z street performance parts from HPD now on sale</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.</p> <p> "The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. "With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts."</p> <p> Available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z, the HPD supercharger kit boosts total powertrain output to 197 hp<sup>1</sup> (vs. 130 hp in the stock 2013 and 2014 CR-Z with manual transmission) and includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and the HPD air filter system. Honda's Suggested Retail Price of the kit is $5,495, not including dealer installation, which is priced similarly to popular aftermarket supercharger kits but is engineered and backed by Honda. The HPD supercharger kit maintains the balance of customer's 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty when installed by a Honda dealer. The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.</p> <p> When equipped with available HPD street performance accessories, the CR-Z (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>) can feature a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> 2013 and 2014 CR-Z estimated SAE Net horsepower. Output will vary by individual vehicle.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/b25d4148-f954-446a-8d14-f693be428649 http://hondanews.com/releases/b25d4148-f954-446a-8d14-f693be428649 CR-Z Sport Hybrid Gets Supercharged with HPD Street Performance <ul> <li><strong><em>Accessory supercharger kit boosts powertrain output to 197 hp</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Full range of CR-Z street performance parts from HPD now on sale</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Supercharged performance for the street is now available in the Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid Coupe through a new dealer-installed Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit. Best known as Honda's North American racing company, HPD developed a full line of street performance accessories for the CR-Z and first revealed them at the 2013 SEMA Show. With the debut of the supercharger kit this month, all of the HPD street performance components for the CR-Z are now available at Honda dealers in the United States.</p> <p> "The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn't have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun," said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. "With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts."</p> <p> Available for the 2013 and 2014 CR-Z, the HPD supercharger kit boosts total powertrain output to 197 hp<sup>1</sup> (vs. 130 hp in the stock 2013 and 2014 CR-Z with manual transmission) and includes the HPD air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors, an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel and the HPD air filter system. Honda's Suggested Retail Price of the kit is $5,495, not including dealer installation, which is priced similarly to popular aftermarket supercharger kits but is engineered and backed by Honda. The HPD supercharger kit maintains the balance of customer's 5 year/ 60,000 mile Honda limited powertrain warranty when installed by a Honda dealer. The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.</p> <p> When equipped with available HPD street performance accessories, the CR-Z (<a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/cr-z/hpd.aspx</a>) can feature a variety of track-proven, street-reliable performance upgrades. HPD-developed powertrain modifications – tested on-track – include a high-efficiency centrifugal supercharger; HPD air-to-air intercooler; high-flow fuel injectors; an ECU calibrated to meet CARB AT-PZEV regulations with 91 octane fuel; HPD air filter system; and HPD sport exhaust. Chassis improvements include HPD sport dampers, coil springs with reduced ride height, 300mm diameter disc brakes and HPD 18-inch wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The CR-Z is completed by a graphics package including front lip and tail spoilers, rear diffuser and HPD badge.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> 2013 and 2014 CR-Z estimated SAE Net horsepower. Output will vary by individual vehicle.</p> <p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: Honda Launches 2015 Fit SEMA Project Vehicle Program on Tumblr <ul> <li><strong>Six build teams will each customize a 2015 Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Enthusiast fans will vote for their favorite customized Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Completed project vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth at the 2014 SEMA Show</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda will demonstrate the great personalization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience launching today and culminating at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. </p> <p> Honda has selected six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, who will each have the opportunity to customize a 2015 Honda Fit leading up to the SEMA Show. To further support enthusiast interest in the Fit project car build process, Honda is initiating the Fit Performance Project (#ProjectFit) on the brand's Tumblr page, which will keep track of the teams' progress with each vehicle.</p> <p>  "Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car."</p> <p> The build teams will each bring their personalized Fit to life with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and more. Photos of the transformations in progress will be posted throughout the campaign at <a href="http://hondaloves.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">hondaloves.tumblr.com</a>. The program will conclude with all six customized Fit project vehicles being displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.</p> <p> From Aug. 21 through Oct. 22, Project Fit content, including photos, animated GIFs and video, will be aggregated on Honda's Tumblr page where people can vote for their favorite customized Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The shop with the highest total likes and reblogs will win and receive an award from Honda. This effort will be promoted on <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>, in Honda newsletters and on the brand's <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda" target="_blank">Twitter</a> profiles.</p> <p> The Fit Performance Project posts will feature several themes including: "Preview," revealing design illustrations or renderings; "Show Us Your Mods," highlighting five modifications made to the vehicle; "In Progress," revealing headway on the design; and more leading up to the vehicles on display at the SEMA Show.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan. </p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p>Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> Corporate Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/83d67555-ce96-459a-901f-0a099252fc33 http://hondanews.com/releases/83d67555-ce96-459a-901f-0a099252fc33 Honda Launches 2015 Fit SEMA Project Vehicle Program on Tumblr <ul> <li><strong>Six build teams will each customize a 2015 Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Enthusiast fans will vote for their favorite customized Fit</strong></li> <li><strong>Completed project vehicles will be on display in the Honda booth at the 2014 SEMA Show</strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda will demonstrate the great personalization potential of the all-new 2015 Fit through an ambitious project vehicle program and interactive Tumblr experience launching today and culminating at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. </p> <p> Honda has selected six build teams, Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and the award-winning Kenny Vinces, who will each have the opportunity to customize a 2015 Honda Fit leading up to the SEMA Show. To further support enthusiast interest in the Fit project car build process, Honda is initiating the Fit Performance Project (#ProjectFit) on the brand's Tumblr page, which will keep track of the teams' progress with each vehicle.</p> <p>  "Personalized Honda subcompacts were the foundation of the original import tuner revolution, and the all-new Fit upholds that legacy with a great powertrain, an engaging chassis and renowned Honda quality, all at an affordable price," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. "Our Fit project vehicle program and our Tumblr initiative, #ProjectFit, together offer a unique, fun way to demonstrate the personalization potential of this great new car."</p> <p> The build teams will each bring their personalized Fit to life with modifications such as aerodynamic body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and more. Photos of the transformations in progress will be posted throughout the campaign at <a href="http://hondaloves.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">hondaloves.tumblr.com</a>. The program will conclude with all six customized Fit project vehicles being displayed at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November.</p> <p> From Aug. 21 through Oct. 22, Project Fit content, including photos, animated GIFs and video, will be aggregated on Honda's Tumblr page where people can vote for their favorite customized Fit by liking and reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. The shop with the highest total likes and reblogs will win and receive an award from Honda. This effort will be promoted on <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com</a>, in Honda newsletters and on the brand's <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Honda" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/honda" target="_blank">Twitter</a> profiles.</p> <p> The Fit Performance Project posts will feature several themes including: "Preview," revealing design illustrations or renderings; "Show Us Your Mods," highlighting five modifications made to the vehicle; "In Progress," revealing headway on the design; and more leading up to the vehicles on display at the SEMA Show.</p> <p><strong>About Honda </strong><br> Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan. </p> <p>Honda has the highest brand fuel economy<sup>1</sup> and the longest-lasting cars<sup>2</sup> of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate. </p> <p>Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."<br> <sup>2</sup> Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.</p> <p> </p> <p># # # </p> Corporate: The Most Popular Car in the U.S. Among Retail Buyers, Honda Accord Gets Multiple Feature Upgrades with Launch of 2015 Models On Sale Today <ul> <li><strong><em>Accord family offers multiple variations of Honda's fun-to-drive, fuel efficient, roomy and very well appointed midsize car</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>2015 Coupe and Sedan feature upgrades plus multiple awards and accolades recognize and reinforce Accord as the benchmark in its class </em></strong></li> <li><em><strong>Leading all mid-size cars in new-vehicle retail registrations for first six months of 2014<sup>1</sup>, Accord continues as the best-selling passenger car</strong></em></li> </ul> <p> Coming off an exceptional year for Accord that included retail sales leadership and the introduction of the all-new 50-mpg rated<sup>2</sup> Accord Hybrid, the 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe, and 2015 Accord Hybrid begin to go on sale today. Four-cylinder 2015 Accord Sedans have a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $22,105, with the four-cylinder Accord Coupe starting at $23,775. Both models are also offered with a V-6 powerplant. The 2015 Accord Hybrid, with Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system, has a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $29,305. </p> <p> The already very well equipped Accord Sedan and Coupe receive feature upgrades for 2015. The 4-cylinder Sedan and Coupe EX-L and EX-L Navi trims now include the convenience of the HomeLink® universal remote system that can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system. The 2015 Accord EX Coupe with 4-cylinder engine gains the Honda LaneWatch™ display that uses a camera and in-dash display to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. All Accord EX-L and above Coupes will also now come equipped with an auto dimming rearview mirror.</p> <p> The 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe are available with the choice of two highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, a 2.4-liter direct-injected <em>i</em>-VTEC 4-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower<sup>4</sup> (189 horsepower<sup>5</sup> in the Accord Sport Sedan) and a 278-horsepower6 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). </p> <p> The 4-cylinder engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual (6MT) and earns up to a 36 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The Accord Sedan with V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic (6AT) with a 34 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. V-6 Coupe models can be equipped with either the 6AT or a 6-speed manual, with the 6AT having a 32 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The 2015 Accord Hybrid is powered by Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that transitions seamlessly between electric motor power, gasoline engine power and hybrid gas-electric propulsion, delivering power to the wheels without the need of a conventional transmission. This elegant powertrain helps the Accord Hybrid earn a 50 mpg EPA city rating<sup>2</sup>. </p> <p> The 2014 Accord received numerous accolades, including an unprecedented 28th <em>Car and Driver</em> "10 Best" title, as well as an <em>Automobile</em> Magazine "All-Star" award and "Best Family Car" award from <em>Parenting</em> magazine and <em>Edmunds.com</em>. <em>Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com</em> named the Accord a "Best Resale Value" vehicle and recognized it as having the lowest cost of ownership for a midsize sedan over a projected 5-year period. Included in the awards given to the 2014 Accord Hybrid were a <em>MotorWeek</em> "2014 Driver's Choice Award," a <em>KBB.com</em> "10 Best Green Car of 2014" award and a naming to <em>Green Car Journal's</em> "Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014."</p> <p> <strong>2015 Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe and Accord Hybrid Pricing:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><strong> Accord Sedan Trim </strong></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,105</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,905</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Sport</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,865</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,665</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,030</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,830</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,420</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,195</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Sedan Trim (continued)</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr></ <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$33,630</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Coupe Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX-S </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,625</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,450</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$26,300</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Hybrid Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$29,305</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$35,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/accord</a>.<em> To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit</em> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondaaccord" target="_blank">facebook.com/hondaaccord</a>. <em>Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord</a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail  registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014. <br> <sup>2</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.<br> <sup>3</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>4</sup> 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>5</sup> 189 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>6</sup> 278 horsepower @ 6200 rpm (SAE net).</p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p> Corporate Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/980e593c-e461-434f-b1ee-467ad16f5b8f http://hondanews.com/releases/980e593c-e461-434f-b1ee-467ad16f5b8f The Most Popular Car in the U.S. Among Retail Buyers, Honda Accord Gets Multiple Feature Upgrades with Launch of 2015 Models On Sale Today <ul> <li><strong><em>Accord family offers multiple variations of Honda's fun-to-drive, fuel efficient, roomy and very well appointed midsize car</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>2015 Coupe and Sedan feature upgrades plus multiple awards and accolades recognize and reinforce Accord as the benchmark in its class </em></strong></li> <li><em><strong>Leading all mid-size cars in new-vehicle retail registrations for first six months of 2014<sup>1</sup>, Accord continues as the best-selling passenger car</strong></em></li> </ul> <p> Coming off an exceptional year for Accord that included retail sales leadership and the introduction of the all-new 50-mpg rated<sup>2</sup> Accord Hybrid, the 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe, and 2015 Accord Hybrid begin to go on sale today. Four-cylinder 2015 Accord Sedans have a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $22,105, with the four-cylinder Accord Coupe starting at $23,775. Both models are also offered with a V-6 powerplant. The 2015 Accord Hybrid, with Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system, has a starting MSRP<sup>3</sup> of $29,305. </p> <p> The already very well equipped Accord Sedan and Coupe receive feature upgrades for 2015. The 4-cylinder Sedan and Coupe EX-L and EX-L Navi trims now include the convenience of the HomeLink® universal remote system that can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system. The 2015 Accord EX Coupe with 4-cylinder engine gains the Honda LaneWatch™ display that uses a camera and in-dash display to provide an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. All Accord EX-L and above Coupes will also now come equipped with an auto dimming rearview mirror.</p> <p> The 2015 Accord Sedan and Coupe are available with the choice of two highly efficient Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains, a 2.4-liter direct-injected <em>i</em>-VTEC 4-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower<sup>4</sup> (189 horsepower<sup>5</sup> in the Accord Sport Sedan) and a 278-horsepower6 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM). </p> <p> The 4-cylinder engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual (6MT) and earns up to a 36 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The Accord Sedan with V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic (6AT) with a 34 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. V-6 Coupe models can be equipped with either the 6AT or a 6-speed manual, with the 6AT having a 32 mpg EPA highway rating<sup>2</sup>. The 2015 Accord Hybrid is powered by Honda's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that transitions seamlessly between electric motor power, gasoline engine power and hybrid gas-electric propulsion, delivering power to the wheels without the need of a conventional transmission. This elegant powertrain helps the Accord Hybrid earn a 50 mpg EPA city rating<sup>2</sup>. </p> <p> The 2014 Accord received numerous accolades, including an unprecedented 28th <em>Car and Driver</em> "10 Best" title, as well as an <em>Automobile</em> Magazine "All-Star" award and "Best Family Car" award from <em>Parenting</em> magazine and <em>Edmunds.com</em>. <em>Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com</em> named the Accord a "Best Resale Value" vehicle and recognized it as having the lowest cost of ownership for a midsize sedan over a projected 5-year period. Included in the awards given to the 2014 Accord Hybrid were a <em>MotorWeek</em> "2014 Driver's Choice Award," a <em>KBB.com</em> "10 Best Green Car of 2014" award and a naming to <em>Green Car Journal's</em> "Top 10 Green Car Technology List for 2014."</p> <p> <strong>2015 Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe and Accord Hybrid Pricing:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><strong> Accord Sedan Trim </strong></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,105</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$22,905</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Sport</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,865</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,665</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT </p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,030</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,830</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,420</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,195</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>27/36/31 </p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Sedan Trim (continued)</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr></ <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$33,630</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/34/26</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Coupe Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord LX-S </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$23,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$24,625</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$25,450</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>24/34/27 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$26,300</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$28,495</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>4-cyl/CVT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,270</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>26/35/29 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$30,775</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord EX-L Navi</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6MT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>18/28/22</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p> </p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>V-6/6AT</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,550</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>21/32/25</p></td> </tr></table> <p> </p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p><strong>Accord Hybrid Trim</strong></p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>Engine/<br> Transmission</strong></p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>MSRP<sup>3</sup></strong></p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p><strong>EPA Ratings<sup>2</sup><br> (city/highway/combined)</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$29,305</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid EX-L</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$32,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="196" valign="top"><p>Accord Hybrid Touring</p></td> <td width="84" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>2-motor hybrid</p></td> <td width="68" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>$35,055</p></td> <td width="132" valign="top" style="text-align: center"><p>50/45/47 </p></td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available </em><a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord/" target="_blank">automobiles.honda.com/accord</a>.<em> To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit</em> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/hondaaccord" target="_blank">facebook.com/hondaaccord</a>. <em>Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is available at<strong> </strong></em><a href="http://hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord" target="_blank">hondanews.com/channels/honda-automobiles-accord</a>.</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail  registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014. <br> <sup>2</sup> Based on 2015 EPA mileage. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.<br> <sup>3</sup> MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $790 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.<br> <sup>4</sup> 185 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>5</sup> 189 horsepower @ 6400 rpm (SAE net).<br> <sup>6</sup> 278 horsepower @ 6200 rpm (SAE net).</p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p>