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Honda Performance Development To Feature Oval-Track Products, Support at IMIS Debut
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (December 5, 2012) – Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will showcase its products and support programs for grassroots oval-track racers at the 2012 International Motor Sports Industry Show (IMIS), December 6-8 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
This is HPD’s inaugural appearance at IMIS; however, Honda has a long history of grassroots oval-racing participation, having supported Quarter Midget racers in the Midwest for the past decade. Through HPD, Honda also provides a broad program of contingency awards for this entry-level category.
“We are proud to be able to use IMIS to showcase our support for oval racing,” said Marc Sours, Commercial Division Senior Manager at HPD. “We are happy to complement that support by reaching out directly to the racing community and featuring a sampling of oval classes in which competitors use Honda engines and components. The IMIS show provides an ideal platform for accomplishing this goal.”
Featured at the HPD display stand, IMIS booth #261, will be a HPD-branded Quarter Midget, powered by a Honda GX-series engine, along with several Honda generator models, which are found in pit lanes throughout the racing world.
A United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget car, powered by a Honda hybrid engine utilizing a K20 cylinder head with a K24 engine block, will also be on display at the HPD booth.
In addition, registration forms to join the Honda Racing Line will be available at the HPD IMIS booth. Competitors may also register for the Honda Racing Line through the HPD website. To register, visit http://hpd.honda.com/racing-line/become-a-member/.
Launched in July 2009, the Honda Racing Line is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing. The Honda Racing Line was formed to provide members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines.
As one of three engine suppliers to the IZOD IndyCar Series, Honda won this year’s Indianapolis 500 with driver Dario Franchitti; and competes in prototype sports-car racing under the HPD banner in the American Le Mans Series, sweeping all manufacturer, engine, team and driver awards in the 2012 ALMS LMP1 and LMP2 categories; and the FIA World Endurance Championship, winning the inaugural LMP2 championship during a year where it again took a P2 class win at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
HPD offers a variety of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun-to-drive” products for professional, amateur and entry-level racers.