Soichiro Honda's love of victory helped launch a small company into a racing giant. At age 22, Mr. Honda himself, using a converted Curtis Wright aircraft engine, set a Japanese speed record hitting 75 mph. Honda Racing was born. Below are just a few milestones Honda Racing has achieved over the past 50 years.

1959 - 1979
1980 - 1989
1990 - 1999
2000 - 2009
2010 - PRESENT

1959

Honda races in Isle of Man TT

1959

Honda wins Isle of Man TT

1959

Honda enters Formula One®

1959

Richie Ginther drives to Honda's first Formula One victory at Mexican Grand Prix

1959

Honda wins Constructors' Championships in all five motorcycle Grand Prix classes

1959

Honda leaves Formula One


1959

Honda returns to Formula One

1959

Peter Cunningham of RealTime Racing pilots a Honda CRX Si to the first of his nine SCCA Pro Racing Drivers' Championships


1959

Honda wins its sixth consecutive Formula One Manufacturers' Championship

1959

Honda Performance Development, the North American motorsports arm of American Honda, opens its doors for business in Santa Clarita, CA

1959

Honda enters American open-wheel competition in the CART series

1959

Andre Ribiero records Honda's first CART race victory at New Hampshire

1959

Jimmy Vasser wins the first of six consecutive CART Drivers' Championships for Honda


1959

Honda-powered Gil de Ferran establishes a world closed-course speed record with a lap of 241.428 miles per hour during qualifying for a CART race at California Speedway

1959

Honda claims "Triple Crown" of IndyCar championships

1959

Honda becomes single engine supplier to the IZOD IndyCar® Series

1959

Acura wins its debut in sports car racing, taking the LMP2 championship at the 12 Hours of Sebring

1959

Acura becomes the first manufacturer to win both American Le Mans Series prototype championships during the same season

1959

HPD launches the Honda Racing Line program to support grassroots amateur racers


1959

Competing under the HPD banner, Strakka Racing wins the LMP2 championship in HPD's first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

1959

Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing wins his third consecutive IndyCar Drivers' Championship, and takes fourth overall  Sixth straight season Honda was the single engine supplier of the IZOD IndyCar Series with no engine-related failures in the Indianapolis 500® race

1959

Dario Franchitti claims his third Indy 500® victory, joining elite racing history

1959

HPD celebrates its 20th anniversary and records its 200th IndyCar victory when Scott Dixon wins at Pocono Raceway.

1959

Ryan Hunter-Reay's first Indy 500® victory is the second Honda-powered Indy win in 3 years and 10th since 2003.

1959

Graham Rahal charged through the season, building confidence and wins along the way, eventually challenging for the series title in the final race.


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