Statement from Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development, on today's announced merger of the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am:

"In much the same way as unification provided a way forward for open-wheel racing, today's news announcing the merger of the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am has the potential to grow and improve the sport.

Honda has participated in sports car racing, under a variety of sanctioning bodies and formats, since the mid-1980s. As a company, we have always sought out series where races and championships could be won – or lost – on engineering merit.

Since 2007, we have been continuous participants in the American Le Mans Series under both the Acura and Honda Performance Development banners.  HPD is the reigning American Le Mans Series LMP champion, having won class titles for the past three years.

In 2012, HPD and its partner teams continue to take part in both LMP1 and LMP2 in the American Le Mans Series; and launched an ambitious multi-team prototype effort in the World Endurance Championship.

We look forward to taking part in a new, combined North American road-racing series, featuring a defined rules package that maintains sports car racing's traditional role as a technological leader and innovator."

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