• Two-year agreement through 2017
• Honda open-wheel racing program began in 1993
• Record includes six manufacturers’ championships, 10 Indy 500 wins
TORRANCE, California (February 2, 2016) – Honda today announced that the company has renewed its commitment to INDYCAR, signing a new multi-year agreement to continue participation as a manufacturer in the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2017, with an option to extend the agreement through the 2020 season.
American Honda and its racing subsidiary, Honda Performance Development, have been a part of open-wheel racing in North America since the founding of HPD in 1993. The company entered Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) competition at the start of the 1994 season.
In nine years of CART competition, Honda scored 65 victories from 164 races, winning four manufacturers’ championships and six consecutive drivers’ titles from 1996-2001.
Honda joined the IndyCar Series at the start of the 2003 season, became single supplier of racing engines to the series from 2006-2011, and welcomed the return of multi-manufacturer competition in 2012. Honda has scored an additional 152 victories in INDYCAR, 54 of those wins in multi-manufacturer competition. In addition, the company has two Manufacturers’ Championships and scored 10 Indianapolis 500 victories from 2004-2015.
"In the 13 years that Honda has been a part of the INDYCAR, we've had a great deal of success, both against strong competition from other auto manufacturers and as single engine supplier," said Art St. Cyr, president of HPD. "Honda is pleased to be part of the IndyCar Series, as it provides a technical challenge for our associates, a showcase for Honda products worldwide and incredible entertainment for racing fans."
“We’re grateful for Honda’s longstanding partnership with INDYCAR the last 13 years,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Racing is a part of Honda’s DNA and its continued investment in the Verizon IndyCar Series – technically on the competition side, but also through sponsoring of events and additional activation – is instrumental to the success and continued growth of our sport.”
In addition to continuing as a manufacturer in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Honda is title sponsor for three events on the schedule: the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park; the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; and the Honda Indy Toronto, sponsored by Honda Canada.
About American Honda
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 40,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment exceeding $23 billion.
Honda operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products -- such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines -- and the HondaJet advanced light jet.
Eight Honda auto plants in the region, including five in the U.S., produced a record of more than 1.86 million automobiles in 2015, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In 2015, more than 99 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. last year were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including five passenger cars and six light trucks.
Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including five passenger cars and six light trucks. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, will open later this year in Marysville, Ohio, as the exclusive global producer of the next generation Acura NSX supercar.
About Honda Performance Development
HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead Honda’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched Honda’s success in Indy cars, which includes 217 race victories, 15 drivers’ championships, six competitive manufacturers’ championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2004.
In addition to Indy car competition, HPD and Honda have a history of success in the classic endurance sports car races, including a pair of LMP2 wins and a privateer LMP1 victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2010; as well as multiple American Le Mans Series championships and five LMP2 class victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring since 2007. HPD’s Honda engines have recorded 74 race wins at endurance sports car races around the world, with 70 of those victories coming in the HPD-developed line of sports prototype cars.
HPD offers a complete line of race engines for cars from grass roots to pinnacle; for professional, amateur and entry-level racers. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.