Ortiz, MMG put Honda on the pole at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; Issues Prevent Race Day Challenge

  • Bryan Ortiz, LP Montour #6 Montreal Motorsports Group Honda Civic Type R TCR start from pole, dominate opening segment prior to off-track excursion and resulting cut tire
  • Dai Yoshihara and Karl Wittmer start and finish sixth in up-and-down day for the #93 Civic Type R TCR

Although the weekend was highlighted by claiming the TCR pole, it was a difficult race on Saturday for both Montreal Motorsport Group Honda Civic Type R TCR machines at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 

Bryan Ortiz put the #6 Honda Civic Type R TCR on pole for the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 — the first pole for the MMG crew in 2024. Ortiz would go on to dominate the first half of the race, leading every lap before handing over to teammate LP Montour. Resuming in third, Montour later sustain a cut tire resulting from an off-course excursion. Though they would resume, the #6 would finish tenth.

The sister #93 Honda Civic Type R TCR machine qualified sixth – Dai Yoshihara's best in IMPC competition thus far. The drifting legend would work his way up to the fourth position before handing over to co-driver Karl Wittmer. Wittmer would maintain fourth position through the early part of his stint before dropping back following contact with another competitor. The duo would come home in sixth place. 

Endurance Challenge at Daytona Race Results

  • 6th TCR - #93 Karl Wittmer, Dai Yoshihara, Montreal Motorsports Group Honda Civic Type R TCR
  • 10th TCR - #6 LP Montour, Bryan Ortiz, Montreal Motorsports Group Honda Civic Type R TCR

The 2024 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge next moves east to Honda's home territory – the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – for the June 6-8 O'Reilly Auto Parts Four Hours of Mid-Ohio.

HPD has three ready-to-race Civic models for touring car competition. The line starts with the affordable and reliable Civic Si TCA race car, then leads to the Civic Type R TC racer that puts legendary Type R performance on track, and culminates with the no-compromise, championship-winning Civic Type R TCR race car. Our unparalleled trackside support at every level from HPD engineers is a unique benefit that no other manufacturer can offer. Find out more about these cars and our touring programs at: https://hpd.honda.com/Motorsports/Touring

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