Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:11:55 -0700 Honda Racing: Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c1ac/ddaf/c1acddaf-89c7-405f-a0dd-f3eb265b8504-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:45:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/wisconsin-250-at-milwaukee-indyfest-8 http://hondanews.com/photos/wisconsin-250-at-milwaukee-indyfest-8 Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c1ac/ddaf/c1acddaf-89c7-405f-a0dd-f3eb265b8504-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing: Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/efc3/1157/efc31157-c3a0-41ce-8db2-fc4cf42ba34b-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Honda Racing Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:45:00 -0700 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136.848 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>145.243 mph avg.; led 249 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+2.7949 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 14 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>249</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>168</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – suspension</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>130</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Late-Race Charge Nets Newgarden Fifth for Honda at Milwaukee</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud remains in championship contention with seventh-place run</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Issues in pit lane and a fuel strategy gamble that came up short hampered Honda Verizon IndyCar Series efforts Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as Josef Newgarden led the way for the manufacturer with a fifth-place run at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. </p> <p>Starting fifth, Newgarden ran in the lead group throughout the first half of the 250-lap contest. Then, during the only caution period of the race on Lap 133, Newgarden's Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team elected to go "off sequence", moving him up to third as the rest of the field pitted, in the hopes that a later, fuel-saving caution would permit him to finish with just three pit stops. But with no additional yellow flags, Newgarden was forced to come in for a fourth and final stop on Lap 236. Resuming in 10<sup>th</sup> place with just 14 laps remaining, but on fresh tires, Newgarden charged through the field, taking fifth place from Ryan Briscoe on the final lap.</p> <p>Problems in pit lane delayed several other Honda-powered contenders, including Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's day also came to an early end with suspected suspension failure.</p> <p>Simon Pagenaud kept his championship hopes alive with a seventh-place finish, gaining ground on second-ranked Helio Castroneves and moving into third in the title fight, 92 points behind leader and race winner Will Power.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car action at The Milwaukee Mile are being posted on a "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 to California for the final two races of 2014, starting with the August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, at Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 16 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>602 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>472(1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>563 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>425</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>510 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>424</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>494 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>418 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>488 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>400</strong></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>2,327 (10 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,382 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 5<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"It's really hard to pass around here; it's just a very difficult track to make something happen. I was trying so hard to save fuel, leaning out as much as I could. I was lifting and even then it was hard for Kanaan to get around me, and he was one of the strongest guys today. It's just a tough place. It's very dependent on aero [downforce], so when you get behind someone with the same mechanical grip, it's kind of what you got. I thought we had a really good car today. We took a gamble and it didn't work, but I'm happy we got fifth, because I think we deserved that."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 16<sup>th</sup>, finished 7<sup>th</sup>:</strong> "When people talk about ovals, they tell you it's all about momentum and timing. But until you really [experience] it for yourself, those are just words. In sports-car racing, you learn about fighting against other types of cars that [often] are slower than you in different corners. It is all about timing and momentum. Today, I made the connection between the two. It was a big step forward for me personally as a driver on ovals. The team did a great job this weekend. We decided to go a different direction in terms of setup. We were more aggressive, and it worked out really well. The crew was awesome in the pits, too. Coming into this weekend, I thought Milwaukee was going to be the hardest of the final three races for us. We gained some points today, so now I'm really looking forward to the last two races."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"This was a race of missed opportunities for us. Our Honda engines performed well all weekend, but issues in pit lane hampered several of our strongest runners today. The strategic call by the Sarah Fisher Hartman team for Josef Newgarden was a risk worth taking, but failed to pay off. Still, it was another strong run for them, and fifth was a good way to bounce back from the disappointment at Mid-Ohio. Simon Pagenaud did what he needed to stay in the thick of the drivers' championship battle, and congratulations to Mikhail Aleshin on finishing eighth, as the top rookie, at a track that is notoriously difficult for first-year drivers."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726</a></p> Honda Racing Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:55:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/4ca598de-89dc-49b5-971f-8983e9438093 http://hondanews.com/releases/4ca598de-89dc-49b5-971f-8983e9438093 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) 136.848 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>145.243 mph avg.; led 249 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+2.7949 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 14 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>250</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>250</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Top rookie finisher</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>249</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>249</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>248</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>244</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>243</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>168</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – suspension</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>130</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Late-Race Charge Nets Newgarden Fifth for Honda at Milwaukee</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Pagenaud remains in championship contention with seventh-place run</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Aleshin leads rookie contingent</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Issues in pit lane and a fuel strategy gamble that came up short hampered Honda Verizon IndyCar Series efforts Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as Josef Newgarden led the way for the manufacturer with a fifth-place run at the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers. </p> <p>Starting fifth, Newgarden ran in the lead group throughout the first half of the 250-lap contest. Then, during the only caution period of the race on Lap 133, Newgarden's Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team elected to go "off sequence", moving him up to third as the rest of the field pitted, in the hopes that a later, fuel-saving caution would permit him to finish with just three pit stops. But with no additional yellow flags, Newgarden was forced to come in for a fourth and final stop on Lap 236. Resuming in 10<sup>th</sup> place with just 14 laps remaining, but on fresh tires, Newgarden charged through the field, taking fifth place from Ryan Briscoe on the final lap.</p> <p>Problems in pit lane delayed several other Honda-powered contenders, including Andretti Autosport drivers James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti, while Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay's day also came to an early end with suspected suspension failure.</p> <p>Simon Pagenaud kept his championship hopes alive with a seventh-place finish, gaining ground on second-ranked Helio Castroneves and moving into third in the title fight, 92 points behind leader and race winner Will Power.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car action at The Milwaukee Mile are being posted on a "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 to California for the final two races of 2014, starting with the August 24 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, at Sonoma Raceway, just north of San Francisco.</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 16 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>602 points (3 wins)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>472(1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>563 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>7. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>425</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Simon Pagneaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>510 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>8. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>424</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>494 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>418 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>488 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>400</strong></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>2,327 (10 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,382 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 5<sup>th</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>: </strong>"It's really hard to pass around here; it's just a very difficult track to make something happen. I was trying so hard to save fuel, leaning out as much as I could. I was lifting and even then it was hard for Kanaan to get around me, and he was one of the strongest guys today. It's just a tough place. It's very dependent on aero [downforce], so when you get behind someone with the same mechanical grip, it's kind of what you got. I thought we had a really good car today. We took a gamble and it didn't work, but I'm happy we got fifth, because I think we deserved that."</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 16<sup>th</sup>, finished 7<sup>th</sup>:</strong> "When people talk about ovals, they tell you it's all about momentum and timing. But until you really [experience] it for yourself, those are just words. In sports-car racing, you learn about fighting against other types of cars that [often] are slower than you in different corners. It is all about timing and momentum. Today, I made the connection between the two. It was a big step forward for me personally as a driver on ovals. The team did a great job this weekend. We decided to go a different direction in terms of setup. We were more aggressive, and it worked out really well. The crew was awesome in the pits, too. Coming into this weekend, I thought Milwaukee was going to be the hardest of the final three races for us. We gained some points today, so now I'm really looking forward to the last two races."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's race: </strong>"This was a race of missed opportunities for us. Our Honda engines performed well all weekend, but issues in pit lane hampered several of our strongest runners today. The strategic call by the Sarah Fisher Hartman team for Josef Newgarden was a risk worth taking, but failed to pay off. Still, it was another strong run for them, and fifth was a good way to bounce back from the disappointment at Mid-Ohio. Simon Pagenaud did what he needed to stay in the thick of the drivers' championship battle, and congratulations to Mikhail Aleshin on finishing eighth, as the top rookie, at a track that is notoriously difficult for first-year drivers."</p> <p><strong>For a photo from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101726</a></p> Honda Racing: Honda/HPD Midget Series Engines Take to the Track <ul> <li><strong><em>Milestone in continuing Honda-USAC partnership</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Spec, sealed race engine developed from Honda K24</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Provides affordable entry to Midget racing</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The United States Auto Club (USAC) has made the first deliveries of the Honda/HPD Midget Series engines to racers in the open-wheel category, marking the next milestone in Honda's continuing partnership with the sanctioning body announced in 2013.</p> <p>Utilizing chassis similar to those run in the National Midget Championship, but featuring sealed, performance-capped Honda engines, the Honda/HPD Midget Series is designed as an entry-level category, where drivers as young as 12 years old can compete.</p> <p>Based on the production, four-cylinder Honda K24 engine from the Honda Civic Si and developed for racing by Honda Performance Development and USAC, the sealed engines are now available through USAC for an introductory price of $9,995.00, and can be raced alongside previous-generation engines in the series. USAC worked to produce a balance of performance between the different engine designs.</p> <p>"HPD has long championed a logical development ladder system for young drivers in all forms of motorsports," said Marc Sours, HPD senior manager and chief engineer. "The Honda/HPD Midget Series slots in perfectly, above our already popular Quarter Midgets and below the USAC National Midget program, where Honda engines can also be campaigned." </p> <p>USAC sanctions six regional series for the Honda/HPD Midgets, on both dirt and pavement. The first race win for the Honda/HPD Midget engine was recorded on July 2 by Ross Rankine at Toledo Speedway, as part of the USAC Midwest Pavement Series.</p> <p>"USAC is extremely excited about the Honda K24 Midget engine and the Honda/HPD Midget Series," said Kevin Miller, USAC CEO/president. "We believe this engine installation, in development for the past year, will be the basis for the next generation of Midget racing in the United States."</p> <p>The 2.4-liter Honda Civic Si crate engine is adapted by USAC for Honda/HPD Midget competition. The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body is the single source for purchasing new engines, which are tested and sealed by USAC prior to delivery. The engine internals are all Honda OEM, with competition modifications including a custom aluminum oil pan designed for dry-sump lubrication, a three-stage oil pump, competition alternator, intake manifold and custom air inlet system.</p> <p>The wiring harness has been modified to allow ease of use, and all connectors are clearly marked for installation. The harness design also provides connections for USAC technical inspectors to maintain parity in the series.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development</strong></p> <p>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 211 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including this year's triumph by Ryan Hunter-Reay. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.</p> <p>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">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Racing Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/f51d40a7-16a1-4472-ad22-8a2126e9afe5 http://hondanews.com/releases/f51d40a7-16a1-4472-ad22-8a2126e9afe5 Honda/HPD Midget Series Engines Take to the Track <ul> <li><strong><em>Milestone in continuing Honda-USAC partnership</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Spec, sealed race engine developed from Honda K24</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Provides affordable entry to Midget racing</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>The United States Auto Club (USAC) has made the first deliveries of the Honda/HPD Midget Series engines to racers in the open-wheel category, marking the next milestone in Honda's continuing partnership with the sanctioning body announced in 2013.</p> <p>Utilizing chassis similar to those run in the National Midget Championship, but featuring sealed, performance-capped Honda engines, the Honda/HPD Midget Series is designed as an entry-level category, where drivers as young as 12 years old can compete.</p> <p>Based on the production, four-cylinder Honda K24 engine from the Honda Civic Si and developed for racing by Honda Performance Development and USAC, the sealed engines are now available through USAC for an introductory price of $9,995.00, and can be raced alongside previous-generation engines in the series. USAC worked to produce a balance of performance between the different engine designs.</p> <p>"HPD has long championed a logical development ladder system for young drivers in all forms of motorsports," said Marc Sours, HPD senior manager and chief engineer. "The Honda/HPD Midget Series slots in perfectly, above our already popular Quarter Midgets and below the USAC National Midget program, where Honda engines can also be campaigned." </p> <p>USAC sanctions six regional series for the Honda/HPD Midgets, on both dirt and pavement. The first race win for the Honda/HPD Midget engine was recorded on July 2 by Ross Rankine at Toledo Speedway, as part of the USAC Midwest Pavement Series.</p> <p>"USAC is extremely excited about the Honda K24 Midget engine and the Honda/HPD Midget Series," said Kevin Miller, USAC CEO/president. "We believe this engine installation, in development for the past year, will be the basis for the next generation of Midget racing in the United States."</p> <p>The 2.4-liter Honda Civic Si crate engine is adapted by USAC for Honda/HPD Midget competition. The Indianapolis-based sanctioning body is the single source for purchasing new engines, which are tested and sealed by USAC prior to delivery. The engine internals are all Honda OEM, with competition modifications including a custom aluminum oil pan designed for dry-sump lubrication, a three-stage oil pump, competition alternator, intake manifold and custom air inlet system.</p> <p>The wiring harness has been modified to allow ease of use, and all connectors are clearly marked for installation. The harness design also provides connections for USAC technical inspectors to maintain parity in the series.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development</strong></p> <p>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 211 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including this year's triumph by Ryan Hunter-Reay. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan.</p> <p>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">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Honda Racing: Honda/HPD Midget Series Engine <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5f57/9578/5f579578-d533-4977-92cc-7474ef3370aa-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda/HPD Midget Series Engine Honda Racing Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hpd-midget-series-engine http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-hpd-midget-series-engine Honda/HPD Midget Series Engine <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5f57/9578/5f579578-d533-4977-92cc-7474ef3370aa-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda/HPD Midget Series Engine Honda Racing: Canard Nails Down Second Overall at Unadilla National <p>Following a one-week hiatus, the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series returned to action this past Saturday, August 9, at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard put on quite a show, capturing his first career 450 moto win to secure second overall with 4-1 scores. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac also had an impressive showing, landing on the podium for the sixth consecutive time this season with a third. </p> <p>450 Race </p> <p>Canard started the day off strong, scoring the Oakley Bomb Award with the quickest qualifying time in practice aboard his CRF450R. In moto one, Canard got off the line to a less-than-desirable start and was 12th by the completion of the opening lap. He fought through the field, making his way into fourth on lap seven, which is where he finished. </p> <p>During the final moto of the day, Canard nabbed a second-place start and quickly set his sights on the leader. Within a couple laps it was an all-out battle for the front spot, with the two riders swapping back and forth multiple times before Canard was able to make a pass stick. Once out front, he fended off advances from the competition to earn the first 450 Class moto win of his career.</p> <p> "I can't explain how good this feels. The team and I have been working really hard, so it is nice to finally have it all pay off and get a win," Canard said after his moto two win. "The day started off great. Getting the fastest qualifying time in practice always puts you in a good position and gives you momentum heading into the day's motos. I spun off the start in moto one and by the time I made my way into fourth the leaders were so far gone. I got a much better start in the second moto and it was an intense battle from beginning to end. Once I got around Eli (Tomac) and took over the lead, I just tried not to make any mistakes because we were all within a couple seconds of each other. I am so grateful to be healthy and can't wait for the last two rounds."</p> <p> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren put in another solid performance, finishing 10th overall with 8-10 scores. Noren kicked off the day with the sixth-quickest qualifying time in practice, giving him a good gate pick heading into the opening moto. In moto one, Noren piloted his CRF450R out of the gate to a top-10 start and rode consistent throughout the 16-lap race to finish eighth. When the gate dropped for the second time, he propelled himself off the line to another good start and was running eighth before going down, ultimately loosing two positions to finish 10th.  </p> <p> "I think getting to ride on press day helped me out a lot, especially with qualifying," stated Noren. "The track conditions weren't the same but the layout was, so I didn't have to spend much time trying to learn the obstacles and could focus on trying to go fast. I was sixth overall in timed practice, which is where I want to be each week. I got good starts in both motos but went down in the second race and lost some positions. I'm still happy with a top 10 overall finish but I want to keep improving and do even better." </p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac finished third in both of the day's races to grab third-place overall. In moto one, Tomac asserted himself into third on lap two and rode a consistent race all the way to the finish.  After a great start in the second moto, he quickly moved to the forefront and led the first four laps before being passed by Canard. A mistake later in the race caused Tomac to loose another position, taking the checkered flag in third. Despite competing in only six rounds of the series, Tomac now sits fifth overall in the championship points standings. </p> <p>"Another good weekend that probably could have been a little better," Tomac said. "But we're running so strong and consistent overall it's hard to be too upset. The team did a great job and we made the necessary adjustments as the day went along to make it better for me."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p>Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda squad, earning a podium finish in the second moto for fourth overall with 5-3 scores. "The day was good," Bogle said. "Any time you get to climb up on the stage you're pretty happy. Practice went well and we were able to make some changes to the suspension early on that made the bike better. That helped us have this really solid day, going 5-3 for fourth overall. It's not exactly what I wanted. I would have preferred getting an overall podium, but we just missed making that happen. </p> <p> 2014 AMA Horizon Award winner and GEICO Honda rider RJ Hampshire made his professional debut this past weekend at Unadilla after wrapping up two Loretta Lynn amateur titles last week with a flawless 6-0 performance. Hampshire had an action-packed day, launching his CRF250R off the line to a solid start in both motos but going down in each race to finish 13th overall with 11-16 marks. </p> <p> Fellow Muscle Milk- supported GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne returned to the series after injury to log 14th overall. Teammate Zach Bell went 17-17 for 18th overall, while Matt Bisceglia was sidelined for the day after going down hard in moto one. </p> <p> The Focus: Honda History at Unadilla</p> <p>Unadilla was a part of the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972 and is known as one of the sport's most historic venues. The track also has some of the most uniquely named obstacles in the country like the Gravity Cavity, the Wall, and the Skyshot. The first premier class (now 450) race held at Unadilla was on July 16, 1972 and since then Honda has claimed a total of six victories. In the support class (now 250), Honda Red Riders have topped the podium three times, with the last being Eli Tomac in 2013.</p> <p> <u>450 Class Winners </u><br> July 15, 2007- Kevin Windham <br> July 18, 2004- Ricky Carmichael<br> July 20, 2003- Kevin Windham<br> July 21, 2002- Ricky Carmichael<u></u><br> July 18, 1999- Mike LaRocco<u></u><br> <u>250 Class Winners</u><br> August 10, 2013- Eli Tomac<br> August 14, 2010- Trey Canard<br> July 21, 1996- Steve Lamson<br> <u>500 Class Winners </u><br> October 14, 1990- Rick Johnson <br> October 15, 1989- Jean-Michel Bayle<br> July 31, 1977- Marty Smith<br> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-1</strong><br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> 5. Justin Brayton 6-7<br> 6. Andrew Short 5-8<br> 7. Weston Peick 10-5<br> 8. Phil Nicoletti 7-9<br> 9. Brett Metcalfe 12-6<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 8-10</strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 447<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 440<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 373</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 280<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 252 </strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 247<br> 7. Weston Peick 244<br> 8. James Stewart 226 <br> <strong>9. </strong>Josh Grant 218<br> 10. Chad Reed 159</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Christopher Pourcel 1-2<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 3-1 <br> 3. Marvin Musquin 2-5 <br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-3</strong><br> 5. Blake Baggett 6-4<br> 6. Dean Wilson 4-6<strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 9-9<br> 8. Chris Alldredge 13-8<br> 9. Alex Martin 12-10<br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath 10-13</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 422<br> 2. Blake Baggett 356<br> 3. Cooper Webb 348<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 329<br> <strong>5. </strong>Christopher Pourcel 321<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 310<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 243<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 225</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 200</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 176<br> </p> Honda Racing Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/de1e143b-ce91-44a8-beb1-6679dfeabe9c http://hondanews.com/releases/de1e143b-ce91-44a8-beb1-6679dfeabe9c Canard Nails Down Second Overall at Unadilla National <p>Following a one-week hiatus, the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series returned to action this past Saturday, August 9, at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard put on quite a show, capturing his first career 450 moto win to secure second overall with 4-1 scores. Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac also had an impressive showing, landing on the podium for the sixth consecutive time this season with a third. </p> <p>450 Race </p> <p>Canard started the day off strong, scoring the Oakley Bomb Award with the quickest qualifying time in practice aboard his CRF450R. In moto one, Canard got off the line to a less-than-desirable start and was 12th by the completion of the opening lap. He fought through the field, making his way into fourth on lap seven, which is where he finished. </p> <p>During the final moto of the day, Canard nabbed a second-place start and quickly set his sights on the leader. Within a couple laps it was an all-out battle for the front spot, with the two riders swapping back and forth multiple times before Canard was able to make a pass stick. Once out front, he fended off advances from the competition to earn the first 450 Class moto win of his career.</p> <p> "I can't explain how good this feels. The team and I have been working really hard, so it is nice to finally have it all pay off and get a win," Canard said after his moto two win. "The day started off great. Getting the fastest qualifying time in practice always puts you in a good position and gives you momentum heading into the day's motos. I spun off the start in moto one and by the time I made my way into fourth the leaders were so far gone. I got a much better start in the second moto and it was an intense battle from beginning to end. Once I got around Eli (Tomac) and took over the lead, I just tried not to make any mistakes because we were all within a couple seconds of each other. I am so grateful to be healthy and can't wait for the last two rounds."</p> <p> Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren put in another solid performance, finishing 10th overall with 8-10 scores. Noren kicked off the day with the sixth-quickest qualifying time in practice, giving him a good gate pick heading into the opening moto. In moto one, Noren piloted his CRF450R out of the gate to a top-10 start and rode consistent throughout the 16-lap race to finish eighth. When the gate dropped for the second time, he propelled himself off the line to another good start and was running eighth before going down, ultimately loosing two positions to finish 10th.  </p> <p> "I think getting to ride on press day helped me out a lot, especially with qualifying," stated Noren. "The track conditions weren't the same but the layout was, so I didn't have to spend much time trying to learn the obstacles and could focus on trying to go fast. I was sixth overall in timed practice, which is where I want to be each week. I got good starts in both motos but went down in the second race and lost some positions. I'm still happy with a top 10 overall finish but I want to keep improving and do even better." </p> <p>Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac finished third in both of the day's races to grab third-place overall. In moto one, Tomac asserted himself into third on lap two and rode a consistent race all the way to the finish.  After a great start in the second moto, he quickly moved to the forefront and led the first four laps before being passed by Canard. A mistake later in the race caused Tomac to loose another position, taking the checkered flag in third. Despite competing in only six rounds of the series, Tomac now sits fifth overall in the championship points standings. </p> <p>"Another good weekend that probably could have been a little better," Tomac said. "But we're running so strong and consistent overall it's hard to be too upset. The team did a great job and we made the necessary adjustments as the day went along to make it better for me."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p>Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda squad, earning a podium finish in the second moto for fourth overall with 5-3 scores. "The day was good," Bogle said. "Any time you get to climb up on the stage you're pretty happy. Practice went well and we were able to make some changes to the suspension early on that made the bike better. That helped us have this really solid day, going 5-3 for fourth overall. It's not exactly what I wanted. I would have preferred getting an overall podium, but we just missed making that happen. </p> <p> 2014 AMA Horizon Award winner and GEICO Honda rider RJ Hampshire made his professional debut this past weekend at Unadilla after wrapping up two Loretta Lynn amateur titles last week with a flawless 6-0 performance. Hampshire had an action-packed day, launching his CRF250R off the line to a solid start in both motos but going down in each race to finish 13th overall with 11-16 marks. </p> <p> Fellow Muscle Milk- supported GEICO Honda rider Zach Osborne returned to the series after injury to log 14th overall. Teammate Zach Bell went 17-17 for 18th overall, while Matt Bisceglia was sidelined for the day after going down hard in moto one. </p> <p> The Focus: Honda History at Unadilla</p> <p>Unadilla was a part of the inaugural AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 1972 and is known as one of the sport's most historic venues. The track also has some of the most uniquely named obstacles in the country like the Gravity Cavity, the Wall, and the Skyshot. The first premier class (now 450) race held at Unadilla was on July 16, 1972 and since then Honda has claimed a total of six victories. In the support class (now 250), Honda Red Riders have topped the podium three times, with the last being Eli Tomac in 2013.</p> <p> <u>450 Class Winners </u><br> July 15, 2007- Kevin Windham <br> July 18, 2004- Ricky Carmichael<br> July 20, 2003- Kevin Windham<br> July 21, 2002- Ricky Carmichael<u></u><br> July 18, 1999- Mike LaRocco<u></u><br> <u>250 Class Winners</u><br> August 10, 2013- Eli Tomac<br> August 14, 2010- Trey Canard<br> July 21, 1996- Steve Lamson<br> <u>500 Class Winners </u><br> October 14, 1990- Rick Johnson <br> October 15, 1989- Jean-Michel Bayle<br> July 31, 1977- Marty Smith<br> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 1-2<br> <strong>2. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-1</strong><br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-3</strong><br> 4. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> 5. Justin Brayton 6-7<br> 6. Andrew Short 5-8<br> 7. Weston Peick 10-5<br> 8. Phil Nicoletti 7-9<br> 9. Brett Metcalfe 12-6<br> <strong>10. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 8-10</strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 447<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 440<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 373</strong><br> 4. Brett Metcalfe 280<br> 5.<strong> Eli Tomac 252 </strong><br> 6. Andrew Short 247<br> 7. Weston Peick 244<br> 8. James Stewart 226 <br> <strong>9. </strong>Josh Grant 218<br> 10. Chad Reed 159</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Christopher Pourcel 1-2<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 3-1 <br> 3. Marvin Musquin 2-5 <br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle (Honda) 5-3</strong><br> 5. Blake Baggett 6-4<br> 6. Dean Wilson 4-6<strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 9-9<br> 8. Chris Alldredge 13-8<br> 9. Alex Martin 12-10<br> <strong>10. Shane McElrath 10-13</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 10 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 422<br> 2. Blake Baggett 356<br> 3. Cooper Webb 348<br> 4. Marvin Musquin 329<br> <strong>5. </strong>Christopher Pourcel 321<br> 6.<strong> Justin Bogle 310<br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 243<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 225</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 200</strong><br> 10. Dean Wilson 176<br> </p> Honda Racing: 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/afe1/04ff/afe104ff-a65f-4acc-b0f1-07f755549bb1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla Honda Racing Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-unadilla http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-unadilla 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/afe1/04ff/afe104ff-a65f-4acc-b0f1-07f755549bb1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla Honda Racing: 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0f3f/e825/0f3fe825-5c93-43e1-9da8-78a0294645fe-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla Honda Racing Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:50:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-unadilla-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-unadilla-2 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla <img 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http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-honda-racing-unadilla-3 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/e348/e8a0/e348e8a0-ae83-47ab-a68c-e715f6a94a92-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 Honda Racing - Unadilla Honda Racing: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Race Report <p> Circuit:  Road America (4.048-mile road course), Elkhart Lake, WIs.<br> 2013 winners: Klaus Graf / Lucas Luhr [Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD-ARX-03c Honda] <br> Weather: Partly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F </p> <p>Top 10 Results:</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><strong>Ps. </strong></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  1.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Action Express</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Oswaldo Negri Jr./John Pew</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Michael Shank Rcg</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.240 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  3.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>3.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.650 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>4.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+4.770 secnds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  5.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>5.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Eric Curran/Burt Frisselle </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Marsh Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  6.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Mirco Schultis/Ranger van der Zande</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  7.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Luis Diaz/Sean Rayhall</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>8 Star Motorsports</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  8.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>6.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Katherine Legge/Andy Meyrick</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing DWC13</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>7.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>8.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Other Honda-Powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>47.</p> </td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>12.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>James Hinchcliffe/Scott Mayer</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley DP Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>  2 laps – Did Not Finish (crash)</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dalziel, Sharp Produce Podium Finish for HPD, Honda at Road America</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Dalziel scores second consecutive pole for HPD ARX-03b Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multiple late-race restarts hamper victory efforts</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Riley Honda Daytona Prototype returns to TUDOR competition</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Once again, the Extreme Speed Motorsports pairing of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp led the way for Honda Performance Development Sunday at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, starting from the pole and finishing third in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Road America.</p> <p>Dalziel claimed the pole on Saturday, in a last-lap effort that netted his second consecutive top qualifying position this season.  Teammate Sharp started and ran the first two stints in the two-hour, 45-minute contest in the LMP2-specification HPD ARX-03b Honda, then handed off to Dalziel.  Both kept the #1 HPD-Honda in the lead group, but a total of six caution flags – three of them coming in the final hour of the contest – hindered their efforts as the frequent restarts handed the advantage to the larger displacement Daytona Prototype-spec machines.</p> <p>The frequent cautions led Extreme Speed to split pit stop strategies for its two cars, with the #2 HPD-Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek pitting 10 laps later than its #1 HPD Honda teammate.  Other teams also chose to pit either early or late, resulting in separate Prototype groups for the final, seven-lap sprint to the checkers. </p> <p>In the end, those who pitted earlier, including Dalziel, constituted the lead pack of five at the front of the field, with the second group of three contesting eighth place.  Featuring a larger engine displacement – 3.5 liters, to 2.8 for the LMP2 machines – the Daytona Prototypes pulled away, led by the Action Express duo of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, which took the overall victory.</p> <p>The sole Honda-powered Daytonta Prototype in the field, the Starworks Motorsport Riley Honda, returned to competition this weekend for the first time since debuting at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.  Driven by IndyCar Series race winner James Hinchcliffe and Scott Mayer, the Riley-Honda demonstrated promise and produced performance gains throughout practice and qualifying, but unfortunately was eliminated in an early-race two-car crash.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Road America are being posted on a new "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group, headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continues next month with the September 18-20 Lone Star Le Mans weekend, which will also feature the fourth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>Allen Miller (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "It was a near-perfect weekend for Extreme Speed Motorsports.  The HPD chassis and Honda engines were strong all weekend; the cars and drivers were quick – as proven by our second consecutive pole with Ryan Dalziel on Saturday – and the split pit stop strategy for the #1 and #2 cars was the right call.  But it's tough for us on restarts with the Daytona Prototype cars, and the high number of cautions worked against us today in the battle for the race win.  Our own Daytona Prototype entry was unfortunately eliminated in an early-race accident, and that prevented us from showing the potential of the DP-Honda package.  The team did a good job of making steady progress throughout the weekend, and [driver] James [Hinchcliffe] was a large part of making those improvements.  We hope to progress with the Riley-Honda next month at the Circuit of the Americas. We're also looking forward to returning to the World Endurance Championship at COTA with Extreme Speed Motorsports."</p> <p>Ryan Dalziel (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda) started 1st, finished 3rd: "My stint was good, but to be honest, Scott's stint was awesome. He put us in a good position [to win]. This is frustrating. The Honda HPD was fast, but restarts and starts are killing us. There is nothing else we can do. We go one way, they go the other and pass us before the brake zone. It is what it is. I have my foot flat on the floor, and the DPs power by us. I wish I could push harder, but the throttle pedal only goes so far. The fastest car should have won the race, in my opinion. We did everything perfectly. We had the fastest car, the best pit stops and we finished third.  Podiums are good. It is nice to be on the podium. It is nice to have a good, solid couple of races. We've had a difficult run mid-season, but we've got some consistency now. The car has been really good the last couple of races, and it is great to be at Road America with all the great fans here."</p> Honda Racing Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:22:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/9345a514-1c0f-48be-8849-2132ddb3ea2d http://hondanews.com/releases/9345a514-1c0f-48be-8849-2132ddb3ea2d Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Race Report <p> Circuit:  Road America (4.048-mile road course), Elkhart Lake, WIs.<br> 2013 winners: Klaus Graf / Lucas Luhr [Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD-ARX-03c Honda] <br> Weather: Partly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F </p> <p>Top 10 Results:</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><strong>Ps. </strong></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p><strong>Class</strong></p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p><strong>Drivers</strong></p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p><strong>Chassis/Engine</strong></p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  1.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Action Express</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  2.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Oswaldo Negri Jr./John Pew</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Michael Shank Rcg</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.240 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  3.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>3.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed </p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+2.650 seconds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  4.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>4.P</p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Spirit of Daytona</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>+4.770 secnds</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  5.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>5.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Eric Curran/Burt Frisselle </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Marsh Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Coyote Corvette</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  6.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>1.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Mirco Schultis/Ranger van der Zande</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  7.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>2.PC </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Luis Diaz/Sean Rayhall</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>8 Star Motorsports</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>ORECA FLM09 Chevy</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  8.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>6.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Katherine Legge/Andy Meyrick</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>DeltaWing DWC13</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>  9.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>7.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley Ford</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>8.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek </p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Extreme Speed</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>HPD ARX-03b Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>61 laps</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Other Honda-Powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>47.</p> </td> <td width="45" valign="top"><p>12.P </p></td> <td width="158" valign="top"><p>James Hinchcliffe/Scott Mayer</p></td> <td width="95" valign="top"><p>Starworks Motorsport</p></td> <td width="108" valign="top"><p>Riley DP Honda</p></td> <td width="117" valign="top"><p>  2 laps – Did Not Finish (crash)</p></td> </tr> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dalziel, Sharp Produce Podium Finish for HPD, Honda at Road America</p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Dalziel scores second consecutive pole for HPD ARX-03b Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Multiple late-race restarts hamper victory efforts</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Riley Honda Daytona Prototype returns to TUDOR competition</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Once again, the Extreme Speed Motorsports pairing of Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp led the way for Honda Performance Development Sunday at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, starting from the pole and finishing third in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Road America.</p> <p>Dalziel claimed the pole on Saturday, in a last-lap effort that netted his second consecutive top qualifying position this season.  Teammate Sharp started and ran the first two stints in the two-hour, 45-minute contest in the LMP2-specification HPD ARX-03b Honda, then handed off to Dalziel.  Both kept the #1 HPD-Honda in the lead group, but a total of six caution flags – three of them coming in the final hour of the contest – hindered their efforts as the frequent restarts handed the advantage to the larger displacement Daytona Prototype-spec machines.</p> <p>The frequent cautions led Extreme Speed to split pit stop strategies for its two cars, with the #2 HPD-Honda of Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek pitting 10 laps later than its #1 HPD Honda teammate.  Other teams also chose to pit either early or late, resulting in separate Prototype groups for the final, seven-lap sprint to the checkers. </p> <p>In the end, those who pitted earlier, including Dalziel, constituted the lead pack of five at the front of the field, with the second group of three contesting eighth place.  Featuring a larger engine displacement – 3.5 liters, to 2.8 for the LMP2 machines – the Daytona Prototypes pulled away, led by the Action Express duo of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, which took the overall victory.</p> <p>The sole Honda-powered Daytonta Prototype in the field, the Starworks Motorsport Riley Honda, returned to competition this weekend for the first time since debuting at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.  Driven by IndyCar Series race winner James Hinchcliffe and Scott Mayer, the Riley-Honda demonstrated promise and produced performance gains throughout practice and qualifying, but unfortunately was eliminated in an early-race two-car crash.</p> <p>The HPD-developed Honda engines used in the TUDOR championship are derived from the Honda "J35" series of production V6 engines and include relevant twin-turbocharger technology, along with the efficiency provided by direct fuel injection. Key production-based components that are utilized include block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valve train components, drive-by-wire throttle, alternator, sensors, fasteners, etc. The engine even utilizes a stock Honda oil filter.  </p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's TUDOR and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Road America are being posted on a new "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group, headed by longtime motorsports broadcaster Rick Benjamin. CPG is providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events throughout the 2014 season.  The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside" target="_blank">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continues next month with the September 18-20 Lone Star Le Mans weekend, which will also feature the fourth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.</p> <p>Allen Miller (Project Leader, Sports Cars, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "It was a near-perfect weekend for Extreme Speed Motorsports.  The HPD chassis and Honda engines were strong all weekend; the cars and drivers were quick – as proven by our second consecutive pole with Ryan Dalziel on Saturday – and the split pit stop strategy for the #1 and #2 cars was the right call.  But it's tough for us on restarts with the Daytona Prototype cars, and the high number of cautions worked against us today in the battle for the race win.  Our own Daytona Prototype entry was unfortunately eliminated in an early-race accident, and that prevented us from showing the potential of the DP-Honda package.  The team did a good job of making steady progress throughout the weekend, and [driver] James [Hinchcliffe] was a large part of making those improvements.  We hope to progress with the Riley-Honda next month at the Circuit of the Americas. We're also looking forward to returning to the World Endurance Championship at COTA with Extreme Speed Motorsports."</p> <p>Ryan Dalziel (#1 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b Honda) started 1st, finished 3rd: "My stint was good, but to be honest, Scott's stint was awesome. He put us in a good position [to win]. This is frustrating. The Honda HPD was fast, but restarts and starts are killing us. There is nothing else we can do. We go one way, they go the other and pass us before the brake zone. It is what it is. I have my foot flat on the floor, and the DPs power by us. I wish I could push harder, but the throttle pedal only goes so far. The fastest car should have won the race, in my opinion. We did everything perfectly. We had the fastest car, the best pit stops and we finished third.  Podiums are good. It is nice to be on the podium. It is nice to have a good, solid couple of races. We've had a difficult run mid-season, but we've got some consistency now. The car has been really good the last couple of races, and it is great to be at Road America with all the great fans here."</p> Honda Racing: 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c0a7/7e6d/c0a77e6d-4023-43ef-8169-9fb8c7c685ca-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio Honda Racing Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:24:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-mid-ohio-15 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-mid-ohio-15 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/c0a7/7e6d/c0a77e6d-4023-43ef-8169-9fb8c7c685ca-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio Honda Racing: 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/b2b2/27c6/b2b227c6-a6f5-42bc-91c6-7ba51da199c6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio Honda Racing Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:24:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-mid-ohio-4 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-mid-ohio-4 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio <img 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src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6abc/d9bd/6abcd9bd-83f9-4b5a-8b6e-f93c2e3d3413-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio Honda Racing: 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8108/59b3/810859b3-35c0-4ab6-93d8-76c074617fa6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio Honda Racing Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:24:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-mid-ohio-11 http://hondanews.com/photos/2014-indycar-mid-ohio-11 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8108/59b3/810859b3-35c0-4ab6-93d8-76c074617fa6-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2014 IndyCar Mid Ohio Honda Racing: Honda Indy 200 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, OH<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Charlie Kimball (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 117.825 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, warm, humid, 79 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" 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>22.</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>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>108.140 mph avg.; led 45 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>KVSH Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+5.3864 seconds; led 38 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>3.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>4.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>90</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>6.</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>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>19.</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>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>9.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>5.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>12.</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>2.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>90</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 3 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>8.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>89</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</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>0</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash</strong> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Opening Lap Charge Produces Podium Finish for Hinchcliffe at Mid-Ohio</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Newgarden stars before late-race pit stop issues</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Munoz extends rookie points lead with fourth-place finish</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Rahal's strong run nets fifth-place result</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race with at least three potential Honda-powered victors, James Hinchcliffe capitalized on an opening lap-crash to make up 11 positions in Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, turning that first-lap charge into a third-place finish, his best result in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series.</p> <p>Josef Newgarden was another Honda driver to shine throughout the first two-thirds of today's 90-lap contest, shadowing early leader Sebastien Bourdais through the first stint, despite starting on the harder-compound "black" Firestone tires to Bourdais' quicker, softer "red" tires. After the second round of pit stops and now on "reds" – drivers must use both types during the race – Newgarden moved around Bourdais and then caught race leader Scott Dixon, pulling out to a 4.5-second lead over the field when Dixon, on a fuel-saving strategy, pitted on Lap 62.</p> <p>Newgarden appeared headed for his first career IndyCar Series win, but his Lap 67 final stop went seriously awry when an air gun hose caught on the side of the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda, pulling a crew member off his feet and resulting in a long stop, followed by a "drive-through penalty" for the pit lane safety violation and leading to a 12th-place finish.</p> <p>Graham Rahal had one of his strongest runs of the season, finishing fifth, while Ryan Hunter-Reay led two laps today, but saw his chances at victory halted by a pit-lane speeding penalty on Lap 28. Carlos Munoz finished fourth, the rookie leader's fifth top-four result of the season.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car and Pirelli World Challenge action are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 17 with the Milwaukee IndyFest at the historic Milwaukee Mile oval in West Allis, Wisconsin.</p> <p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship</strong> (after 15 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>548 points (2 wins)      </p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>440 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>544 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>416</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>485 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>8. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>400 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>484 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>389</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>447 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>383</strong></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 colspan="3"><p>2,161 (9 wins)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td colspan="3"><p><strong>1,352 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong> (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 16th, finished 3rd, first podium finish of 2014:</strong> "That start was pretty crazy. Going down into Turn 4 there, it was like the seas parted in front of me. I felt bad for the guys that got involved in that wreck, but it allowed us to get up there a little bit. The car was really fast; we were running some really good lap times. We got caught behind a couple of [slower[ guys at one point, [or] we might have been able to pick one more spot up. I'm really proud of our team: great in the pits; awesome car. It was fun racing Sebastien [Bourdais] there at the end. Obviously, big congrats to [Scott] Dixon. I don't know why they don't just give him the trophy when we get here on Thursday. Good job to those guys."</p> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong> (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 2nd, finished 12th:</strong> "We didn't get it right. It's a shame. We had such a strong car and, man, we had a great strategy. What a killer idea going with blacks there [to start the race]. All we had to do was hang onto [Sebastien] Bourdais on the opening stint – we knew he was going to be stronger on [the soft-compound] 'reds' [tires]. We just hung with him and it fell right into our seat. It was just a perfect strategy call. You don't always stick with your plan but we did that today and it unfolded perfectly for us. It was a shame that it didn't work out but I think everyone knew we were strong today and definitely had a shot at winning the thing. And that's all you can ask for, we've had a couple of those this year and we'll have a couple more before it's done."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr</strong> (President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's Honda Indy 200:</strong> "We had a very strong and reliable engine today. But for a series of mishaps, the opportunity for an eighth consecutive Mid-Ohio victory was there for us, but we were unable to achieve our desired results at our 'home' race. Thanks for the tremendous support from all our associates in the great crowd today, it made for a great racing environment."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101725">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101725</a></p> Honda Racing Sun, 03 Aug 2014 18:06:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/9e4057f5-c19b-4ec3-bac0-0ceca4dbaeda http://hondanews.com/releases/9e4057f5-c19b-4ec3-bac0-0ceca4dbaeda Honda Indy 200 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, OH<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> Charlie Kimball (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 117.825 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Mostly sunny, warm, humid, 79 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" 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>22.</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>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>108.140 mph avg.; led 45 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>KVSH Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>+5.3864 seconds; led 38 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>3.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>4.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>90</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>6.</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>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>19.</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>90</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>9.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>5.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 2 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><strong>12.</strong></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>2.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>90</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Led 3 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>8.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</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>90</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>89</strong> </p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16.</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>0</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash</strong> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Opening Lap Charge Produces Podium Finish for Hinchcliffe at Mid-Ohio</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Newgarden stars before late-race pit stop issues</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Munoz extends rookie points lead with fourth-place finish</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Rahal's strong run nets fifth-place result</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race with at least three potential Honda-powered victors, James Hinchcliffe capitalized on an opening lap-crash to make up 11 positions in Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, turning that first-lap charge into a third-place finish, his best result in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series.</p> <p>Josef Newgarden was another Honda driver to shine throughout the first two-thirds of today's 90-lap contest, shadowing early leader Sebastien Bourdais through the first stint, despite starting on the harder-compound "black" Firestone tires to Bourdais' quicker, softer "red" tires. After the second round of pit stops and now on "reds" – drivers must use both types during the race – Newgarden moved around Bourdais and then caught race leader Scott Dixon, pulling out to a 4.5-second lead over the field when Dixon, on a fuel-saving strategy, pitted on Lap 62.</p> <p>Newgarden appeared headed for his first career IndyCar Series win, but his Lap 67 final stop went seriously awry when an air gun hose caught on the side of the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda, pulling a crew member off his feet and resulting in a long stop, followed by a "drive-through penalty" for the pit lane safety violation and leading to a 12th-place finish.</p> <p>Graham Rahal had one of his strongest runs of the season, finishing fifth, while Ryan Hunter-Reay led two laps today, but saw his chances at victory halted by a pit-lane speeding penalty on Lap 28. Carlos Munoz finished fourth, the rookie leader's fifth top-four result of the season.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's Indy car and Pirelli World Challenge action are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 17 with the Milwaukee IndyFest at the historic Milwaukee Mile oval in West Allis, Wisconsin.</p> <p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship</strong> (after 15 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>548 points (2 wins)      </p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>440 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>544 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>416</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>485 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>8. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>400 (1 win)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>484 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>389</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>447 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>10. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>383</strong></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 colspan="3"><p>2,161 (9 wins)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td colspan="3"><p><strong>1,352 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong> (#27 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>started 16th, finished 3rd, first podium finish of 2014:</strong> "That start was pretty crazy. Going down into Turn 4 there, it was like the seas parted in front of me. I felt bad for the guys that got involved in that wreck, but it allowed us to get up there a little bit. The car was really fast; we were running some really good lap times. We got caught behind a couple of [slower[ guys at one point, [or] we might have been able to pick one more spot up. I'm really proud of our team: great in the pits; awesome car. It was fun racing Sebastien [Bourdais] there at the end. Obviously, big congrats to [Scott] Dixon. I don't know why they don't just give him the trophy when we get here on Thursday. Good job to those guys."</p> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong> (#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 2nd, finished 12th:</strong> "We didn't get it right. It's a shame. We had such a strong car and, man, we had a great strategy. What a killer idea going with blacks there [to start the race]. All we had to do was hang onto [Sebastien] Bourdais on the opening stint – we knew he was going to be stronger on [the soft-compound] 'reds' [tires]. We just hung with him and it fell right into our seat. It was just a perfect strategy call. You don't always stick with your plan but we did that today and it unfolded perfectly for us. It was a shame that it didn't work out but I think everyone knew we were strong today and definitely had a shot at winning the thing. And that's all you can ask for, we've had a couple of those this year and we'll have a couple more before it's done."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr</strong> (President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's Honda Indy 200:</strong> "We had a very strong and reliable engine today. But for a series of mishaps, the opportunity for an eighth consecutive Mid-Ohio victory was there for us, but we were unable to achieve our desired results at our 'home' race. Thanks for the tremendous support from all our associates in the great crowd today, it made for a great racing environment."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><br> <a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101725">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101725</a></p> Honda Racing: Acura TLX GT Race Car to Debut at Mid-Ohio <ul> <li><strong><em>2015 Acura TLX to race in premier GT category</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Single-car entry for RealTime Racing and driver Peter Cunningham</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Race debut this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>After completing an initial test program, Acura Motorsports will debut the new 2015 Acura TLX GT in Pirelli World Challenge competition this weekend at American Honda's "home" circuit, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in the hands of RealTime Racing owner/driver Peter Cunningham.</p> <p>The new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition from the Audi R8, Bentley Continental, Cadillac CTS-V, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren 12C and Porsche 911.</p> <p>Cunningham will pilot the Acura in a pair of Pirelli World Challenge events during a doubleheader race weekend, on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. The Pirelli World Challenge series supports with the Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at Mid-Ohio.</p> <p>"We're excited to debut the Acura TLX GT race car in front of our 'hometown' audience of associates from the many Honda facilities in central Ohio," said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President, Auto Operations, American Honda. "The competition in the Pirelli World Challenge is fierce, including many of the luxury makes the TLX will compete with on the sales floor. Acura has never shied away from a challenge. Instead, we seek it out, both on-track and in the marketplace."</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>RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products for more than two decades  Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, RTR has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers' Championships and 14 Drivers' Championships.</p> <p>"The Pirelli World Challenge has a lot of strong competitors in GT, but the TLX is the only all-wheel-drive car in the category. For our four-door sedan to be racing head-to-head with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others, is pretty cool," RTR team principal Cunningham said. "We're ready to go, and we're going to show the competition what the Acura TLX GT can do."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong></p> <p>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 211 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including this year's triumph by Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport in the 98th renewal of the event. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. 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> Honda Racing Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/661bca62-93ac-4497-9a96-34e28d066dd7 http://hondanews.com/releases/661bca62-93ac-4497-9a96-34e28d066dd7 Acura TLX GT Race Car to Debut at Mid-Ohio <ul> <li><strong><em>2015 Acura TLX to race in premier GT category</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Single-car entry for RealTime Racing and driver Peter Cunningham</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Race debut this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>After completing an initial test program, Acura Motorsports will debut the new 2015 Acura TLX GT in Pirelli World Challenge competition this weekend at American Honda's "home" circuit, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in the hands of RealTime Racing owner/driver Peter Cunningham.</p> <p>The new TLX GT will move Acura into the top category of the Pirelli World Challenge, facing competition from the Audi R8, Bentley Continental, Cadillac CTS-V, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren 12C and Porsche 911.</p> <p>Cunningham will pilot the Acura in a pair of Pirelli World Challenge events during a doubleheader race weekend, on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. The Pirelli World Challenge series supports with the Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at Mid-Ohio.</p> <p>"We're excited to debut the Acura TLX GT race car in front of our 'hometown' audience of associates from the many Honda facilities in central Ohio," said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President, Auto Operations, American Honda. "The competition in the Pirelli World Challenge is fierce, including many of the luxury makes the TLX will compete with on the sales floor. Acura has never shied away from a challenge. Instead, we seek it out, both on-track and in the marketplace."</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>RTR has raced and won with both Honda and Acura products for more than two decades  Since entering the Sports Car Club of America Pro Racing-sanctioned World Challenge series in 1993, RTR has scored a record 85 race victories on its way to 14 Manufacturers' Championships and 14 Drivers' Championships.</p> <p>"The Pirelli World Challenge has a lot of strong competitors in GT, but the TLX is the only all-wheel-drive car in the category. For our four-door sedan to be racing head-to-head with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others, is pretty cool," RTR team principal Cunningham said. "We're ready to go, and we're going to show the competition what the Acura TLX GT can do."</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development </strong></p> <p>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 211 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories, including this year's triumph by Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport in the 98th renewal of the event. In 2013, Honda powered veteran Scott Dixon to four race wins and the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series championship.</p> <p>HPD's prototype racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series championships. The company's sports-car racing debut in 2007 at the 12 Hours of Sebring marked the first win for HPD's LM-V8 engine and the first for a Honda racing engine designed and developed outside of Japan. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010. 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> Honda Racing: Acura TLX GT Pirelli World Challenge race car <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9876/d5a7/9876d5a7-84f7-4449-9d1d-405f9617d555-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Pirelli World Challenge race car Honda Racing Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-pirelli-world-challenge-race-car http://hondanews.com/photos/acura-tlx-gt-pirelli-world-challenge-race-car Acura TLX GT Pirelli World Challenge race car <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9876/d5a7/9876d5a7-84f7-4449-9d1d-405f9617d555-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Acura TLX GT Pirelli World Challenge race car