Indianapolis 500 Field Again Runs on Honda Power
For the sixth consecutive year, Honda will power the full 33-car starting field in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, the 100th anniversary running of the Memorial Day classic.
Honda has supplied racing engines to the full 33-car Indianapolis 500 field every year since 2006, and for a record five consecutive years – and the only five times in Indianapolis 500 history – there has not been a single engine failure in the '500'.
Honda has been a fixture in North American open-wheel racing since 1994, and has played an active role in the growth of the IZOD IndyCar Series – as both a Manufacturers' Championship competitor and single engine supplier – since joining the series in 2003.
The company scored its first Indianapolis 500 victory in 2004 with Buddy Rice; earned Manufacturers' Championships in 2004 and '05; and became engine supplier to the entire IZOD IndyCar Series in 2006. Other "500" champions using Honda Indy V-8 power include Dan Wheldon (2005); Sam Hornish Jr., (2006); Dario Franchitti (2007, 2010); Scott Dixon (2008) and Helio Castroneves (2009).
Honda is developing an all-new turbocharged V-6 engine for use in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, when manufacturer competition returns to IndyCar racing. Designed at Honda Performance Development's Santa Clarita, California, facility, the all-new, 2.2-liter engine is now under development, with initial track testing scheduled to begin in August.
HPD is the Honda racing company within North America. Founded in 1993, and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines.